Victor Evans, head coach at Genesis One, recently told Scout.com national recruiting analyst Jeff Goodman that Cloyd "can really catch and shoot it – and can also create his own shots. He's silky smooth, and everything comes so easy for him."
Because he spent the past year in an obscure high school program and backing up Gordon in AAU ball, Cloyd was relatively unknown until April, when he made some waves at the Real Deal on the Hill tournament in Arkansas. His strong showing surprised a lot of people but not himself.
"I was young," he told Goodman, "so I knew my time would come."
Apparently, his time has arrived. Cloyd, who once scored 40 points in a game against Goodpasture Christian, says he now has scholarship offers from Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi State and Tulane. He says Tennessee has begun showing interest, as well.
"I want to go somewhere I can win," Cloyd told Goodman. "That's important to me."
Because Pearl likes to run on offense and press on defense, Tennessee desperately needs to add more speed and athleticism to its backcourt. Verice Cloyd just might be the kind of guy who can provide both.