Thomas Bryant, one of the best unsigned big men in the Class of 2015, says that he still hasn’t set any more visits, but the date for doing so could be coming soon. He recently took an unofficial to Kentucky and plans to take an official going forward. “Maybe, I’m just trying to get through the month of January,” Bryant told SNY.tv after Huntingon (W.V.) Prep’s 68-62 win over Oldsmar Christian in which he scored 17 points. “I just have to play everything by ear. Right now, I’m just focused on school and helping the team get as many wins as we can.”
Of the three uncommitted prospects on campus this weekend, Griffin spent the most time with Najee Clayton, a 6-3, 215-pound safety prospect from Paramus (N.J.) Catholic. Clayton came on his visit to Rutgers alone, but was hosted by safety freshman Kiy Hester. “I got to hang out with Najee the most,” said Griffin. “Me and him knew each other prior to the visit so we hung out for a few. And we’re in real good position for him, so I’m excited to see when he makes his decision. But I’m feeling pretty good he’ll come to Rutgers.”
The No. 1 team in the Division I state poll lost to the No. 8 team in the nightcap of the five-game Play-by-Play Classic. Gahanna, which dropped to 14-1, fell behind by as much as 21 before getting as close as 65-59 with 34.7 seconds left. Warren Yates scored with 8.5 seconds left to make it 66-61 but Matt Moyer missed a 3 with six seconds left as Wayne held on. “Wayne is a team without a weakness,” Staib said. Nick Ward, who was named Gahanna’s team MVP, finished with 15 points while Junior Arrey scored 13, Chad Barrick had 11 and Moyer 10.
Moustapha Diagne and Damien Rance began the run by scoring underneath to give Pope John a 4-2 lead, and six consecutive Scott points – on a pull-up jumper, a fast-break layup off a long pass from Diagne, and another layup – made it a 10-2 game. Pope John, though, closed the half on a 12-1 tear, including a Jeromy Rodriguez follow-up, a three-point play by Rance, five more consecutive points from Scott, and a Diagne follow-up dunk. By halftime, the Lions held a much more comfortable 47-25 advantage.
Now 16, Kodye Pugh still produces fine art while getting all A’s on his report card at Boys’ Latin. But his strongest passion is playing basketball, and the 6-foot-7 junior forward has shown the same kind of natural gifts and focus on the hardwood. Pugh is athletic and versatile, with a high basketball IQ and left-handed shot. He can post smaller players to score inside. He can shoot the 3-pointer. And if extra attention comes on his way to the basket, he can find an open teammate.
Austrian Robinson went into his Ole Miss official visit calling Maryland his leader. He leaves saying the Rebels are tied with the Terripans for his top spot. “It went so great,” Robinson, a three-star defensive end, said via phone after his trip. “It was really great to finally see the school and know it’s great there, instead of just people telling you that it is great.” New York’s No. 2 prospect plans to make his decision “immediately” after his final official visit to Ohio State on Jan. 30.