The Shot Clock with Josh Tec: Relentless Hoops Select 80 notes, fall recruiting
Happy Monday, everyone! Fall is finally here, and it’s been a busy one.
The Atlanta metro provides an endless stream of evaluation opportunities in the basketball world, and I’ve been taking advantage of them over the last several weeks. In this edition of The Shot Clock, I’ll continue to look at which schools have been stopping the area for recruiting visits, and I’ll unleash some notes from a weekend at Relentless Hoops’ Select 80 camps.
If this is the last time you hear from me, it’s because I’m going to Florida this weekend for the Hoop Exchange Fall Festival. It’s an event worth battling a hurricane in my book. I’m looking forward to that.
One of the most exciting storylines to follow during this time of year is the fall recruiting rounds that coaches make.
Along with college coaches, I’ve been popping into open gyms around the city, and of course, I’ve been tracking everything online as well.
On Tuesday, I got a chance to head over to Wheeler for their workouts. The Wildcats have been mentioned in every fall recruiting update since college coaches have been back out on the road because, frankly, they have the two most interesting prospects in the state from a recruiting standpoint.
Isaiah Collier is the No. 1 overall prospect in the country according to some, and, at worst, he’s a top three prospect nationally. Collier is the most high-profile prospect available in the 2023 class, and his recruitment has an up-in-the-air feel to it. What we’re privy to is his final list of four schools which is comprised of Cincinnati, Michigan, UCLA and USC.
When I was at Wheeler, USC head coach Andy Enfield was also in attendance. The Trojans appear to be in a good position for Collier by most accounts. While every head coach on Collier’s list has visited him at Wheeler this fall, Enfield was the only one of them there on Tuesday. This is a significant piece of information because after the workouts that afternoon, Collier tweeted that he’d announce his commitment date soon.
Unless this is an intentional swerve, it would appear that USC has pulled ahead of the pack for Collier. Per a report by On3, Collier plans on committing at some point in November.
6-foot-9 forward Arrinten Page has also drawn coaches to Wheeler. He recently announced a final four of Cincinnati, Indiana, Miami (FL) and USC.
Enfield’s visit allowed him to continue to court Page to potentially join Collier in Los Angeles.
He was, however, not the only school there to see Page. Miami head coach Jim Larrañaga was present along with an assistant.
Will Page elect to join Collier if he decides on USC or Cincinnati? Only time will tell. The pair seem to be keeping things pretty close to home in that regard.
Sticking in Marietta, Kell has been a hotspot for coaches over the last couple of weeks. While I need to get out to see the Longhorns still, plenty of colleges have stopped by.
Within the last week, Kell has seen Belmont, Furman, Kennesaw State, LSU, Miami (FL), Ole Miss and Penn State come by per their Twitter.
The Longhorns are led on the recruiting front by their 2024 class. 7-footer Peyton Marshall is garnering high-major attention from all across the country, and uber-athlete CJ Brown has drawn his fair share of high majors as well.
Cannon Richards is also starting to see some interest from mid-major schools. He’s someone to keep an eye on. His length and athleticism give him a high ceiling, and he should be a breakout candidate on this Kell team.
Check back next week for another round-up of which schools pop up around town.
Notes from Relentless Hoops Select 80 Saturday
Over the weekend, I got the opportunity to go over to East Forsyth for the Relentless Hoops Select 80 camps. It’s one of my favorite events of the fall and always provides some of the best evaluation opportunities.
Trent and all of those involved in the camp do great work.
Saturday was the day designated for the 2023 class.
Kenny Southall is a name that should be mentioned when it comes to fall stock risers. The Mount Vernon guard showed that he could be a focal point of their offense moving into the winter. With a team as talented as the Mustangs, that’s saying something.
North Gwinnett lost seniors that helped further a culture of winning for the Bulldogs. Blake Seitz looks ready to step in and be a guy carrying that torch moving forward. He shot the ball well on Saturday and showed off some of his athleticism and creation ability.
Cedric Taylor looks like a 2023 riser to watch during the winter. A 6-foot-6, athletic wing, he used his physical tools on both ends of the floor all afternoon, but when his jumper started to heat up, it was a wrap. He got into a rhythm and started sinking shots from all over.
I love getting to watch Isaac Martin when I get the chance. In terms of intangibles, he’s unmatched. Martin is a vocal leader in any setting. He’s a savvy point guard with a 3-point shot that can make an opposing coach lose their mind. Saturday was another outstanding outing for Martin.
Relentless Hoops Select 80 Sunday
Here are some quick hitters from Relentless Hoops’ camp on Sunday, which was for the 2024 class with some select 2025s.
CJ Brown had a nice outing. He was a dominant force when operating downhill. Brown pressured defenses with his athleticism and relentless rim attack.
A member of the Greek national team, and a current North Carolinian, Ryan Soulis had the gym abuzz. Immediately, his competitiveness and defense stood out. Soulis made shots around the rim difficult all afternoon. He showed a skilled offensive arsenal and was a legit threat from 3-point range. The 6-foot-10 forward should be generating some more attention sooner than later.
Mount Vernon’s Xavier Shegog was a commanding presence on defense. The hyper-athletic, physical forward blocked and altered a number of shots and used his explosiveness on offense to create highlight-reel plays.
Josh Langefels is the last guy that I’ll talk about right now. He had an eye-opening day at camp. Known for his athleticism, Langefels showcased that, but his overall game has rounded into form nicely. He had a lights-out shooting day and showed that he can get to his shot off the dribble and off the catch.
I’ll be spending more time on some of these prospects and more throughout the week, as there was a lot to take in from my two days at the Relentless Hoops camps.
HoopSeen’s camp season is here, and these camps are great platforms to build or bolster your basketball resume.
We’ve already seen quality middle schoolers at the NextGen camp, we’ve seen some of Alabama’s best, and we’re looking forward to continuing the action with our Elite Preview which is an invite-only event for underclassmen. That’s on October 9. You can sign up for the waiting list via the link below.
During this travel season, I remember seeing many players I had only previously seen at our camps in the fall. An impression can be made at any time, and it can last quite some time. If you feel like you may be undervalued, there’s no better way to prove it than coming out and playing well at a camp.
Evaluation never stops, so find a camp that suits you best, and I’ll see you in the fall. Check the link below for more information.