It’s an unprecedented time in the world right now with the COVID-19 pandemic putting a halt on our everyday routines, however, many hoop prospects are finding unconventional ways to connect with coaches and move forward in their recruitments. Today, we take a look at three mid-state players that have turned uncertain times into positive moments.
Ex Warner Robins all-state guard Jacolbey Owens ended his recruitment today. The athletic, score first lead guard is headed to Valdosta State.
“They have been recruiting me for a while and it’s close to home. I’ve been to campus a couple times, so I’m familiar and comfortable there. Also, the coaches treated me as family.” Owens told Hypesouth.com.
Owens, a former Hypesouth All Middle Georgia performer, chose the Blazers over programs like Arkansas-Monticello, Clayton State, Columbus State, and Texas A&M International to name a few.
Owens is a JUCO pickup that will bring experience and leadership to Valdosta State. He’s an ultra competitive, high energy player that has been productive at every level.
Saint Vincent College (PA) crept into Georgia and found a diamond in the rough on April 3, 2020. After completing a virtual visit last week, the Bearcats landed a commitment from Warner Robins senior forward Quon Dillard.
“The coaching staff pursued me hard and their style of play fits what I do, so I just went with what felt right and what I thought was best for me. After I committed, a couple students reached out and welcomed me with open arms.”
Dillard, the 12th ranked prospect in the 2020 Hypesouth25, received offers from Brewton Parker College and Maryville College before making his decision. Several other lower level schools were also coming on strong prior to his pledge.
One of Georgia’s most electrifying prospects came off the board over the weekend as 2020 Hypesouth Middle Georgia DPOY Keshun Houser (headline picture) committed to Barton County Community College (KS).
“I wanted to take a couple visits, but couldn’t because of everything surrounding the coronavirus, so from conversations with the coaches at Barton it felt like a family vibe. It just felt like somewhere I needed to be.”
Taking the junior college route could eventually pay dividends for the Warner Robins high-riser. With time to continue developing and polishing his all around skill set, Houser will be very attractive to four year programs in a couple years.
“I mean, I plan on going in and getting better and giving it everything I got.”