With the second evaluation period for coaches underway, offers continue to pile up in the High School Basketball recruiting world. With all of the big time AAU tournaments around the country producing talent right and left. We at Basketball Society want to bring three of the hottest names on the market right now to your attention.
Weight: 205 lbs
High School: Chaminade (St. Louis, Missouri)
AAU: Brad Beal Elite
Jericole Hellems was a name that wasn’t completely unknown a couple of weeks ago. He was a three-star recruit with multiple mid-major offers like Tulsa, Georgia Southern, and Illinois State, averaging a solid 8.8 points on the EYBL circuit. Then he just exploded onto the scene at Peach Jam like he had something to prove.
I’ve never seen as many offers being thrown at Jericole in a 24-hour span, give or take a few hours. He had Georgia Tech, Boston College, Kansas State, UMass, Illinois, George Washington, VCU, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Wichita State, Missouri, and Wake Forest offer in close to a 24-hour span. It was incredible to watch him become an instant social media star in the basketball world.
Jericole played extremely well earning Peach Jam First Team Honors averaging 22.4 points along with 7 rebounds per game. He did so while shooting 56% from the field and going 13 for 26 from the three-point line. He was able to show scouts his versatility as well as his potential to be a play maker while being comfortable in either forward position.
The Hazelwood, Missouri native showed an intensity and drive that helped carry his team all the way to the Peach Jam Championship Game. He seemed to really show up in shape looking like he added a little muscle, that’s why I’m listing him at 205 lbs instead of the currently listed 195 lbs. He showed the big schools that he is capable of playing many minutes at small forward at the next level. This led to Florida, Florida State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, and NC State offering him soon after Peach Jam from his performance.
Weight: 210 lbs
High School: Orlando Christian Prep (Orlando, Florida)
AAU: 1 Family Hoops
Every time you turn around on social media it seems that Nassir Little is dunking so hard it seems like he’s trying to rip the rim off. This kid’s name has been so hot that Rivals said that he might be the most heavily recruited player in the Class of 2018. Little is a versatile forward who can attack the rim at will, but can also step out and knock down the three consistently.
In his 12 games on the Adidas circuit this summer he has averaged 17.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 1.5 assists per game and 1.2 blocks per game. He’s done so while shooting 46.9% from the field, 28.6% from 3, and 73.8% from the free throw line. He most recently averaged 18.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 41.1% from the field and 73.1% from the free throw line at the Adidas Gauntlet Finale.
Nassir has offers from Ohio State, Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA, Arizona, Kansas, St. John’s, Vanderbilt, LSU, Cincinnati, Clemson, UCF, North Florida, Florida, Miami, Florida State, Pittsburgh, George Washington, Southern Cal, Georgia, Florida Gulf Coast, Wichita Stat, Louisville, VCU, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Creighton, Auburn, Oklahoma State, NC State, Illinois, Missouri, Memphis, Mississippi State, SMU, and TCU.
It seems his top schools so far off of this list are Arizona, Oregon, Arizona State, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Kansas, and Southern Cal.
Weight: 190 lbs
High School: Porter Gaud School (Charleston, South Carolina)
Before July started Aaron Nesmith was just a mid-major prospect that wasn’t garnering much attention from the major schools. Nesmith is a big guard who can really shoot the ball from deep. He also is one of those guys that plays tough defense and can keep smaller guards in front of him with his size and 7’2″ wing span. During July Nesmith has made himself into one of the top scorers in the Southeast. With his efficient shooting he has had major colleges to drool over the big guard. University of South Carolina head coach told Nesmith that he likes a big 6’6″ wing that can shoot the ball. He also told Nesmith that he likes his ability to play defense and toughness.
During July, Nesmith has made himself into one of the top scorers in the Southeast. With his efficient shooting, he has had major colleges to drool over the big guard. University of South Carolina head coach told Nesmith that he likes a big 6’6″ wing that can shoot the ball. He also told Nesmith that he likes his ability to play defense and toughness.
Before July, Aaron held offers from Brown, East Carolina, Loyola (MD), Bucknell, Mercer, Austin Peay, College of Charleston, Columbia, Charleston Southern, William and Mary, Harvard, Duquesne, Georgia Southern, Furman, Yale, Wofford, Charlotte, and UNCW.
Since his breakout in July began he has picked up offers from South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, UMass, Minnesota, Georgia Tech, Florida, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, and Clemson. Nesmith won’t begin to narrow his list of schools until July is over.