COLUMBUS, Ohio -- July was the live period. August is the offer month. Thursday has been a busy day in Central Ohio, with three new Division I offers going out to top prospects and the area's top senior naming his top five.
Let's get straight to the news.
After strong performances both in the last month of AAU and June team camps, Central Ohio's top 2021 and 2022 prospects have begun to see their recruitment take shape.
Nobody has been a bigger example of that than Thomas Worthington junior forward Tyrese Hughey. After a strong performance in the Under Armour Finals with C2K Elite, Hughey's recruitment has blown up.
Adding offers from Duquesne, Miami (OH) and Youngstown State in July, Hughey's stock hasn't quelled one bit, as Ohio and Eastern Michigan joined the party within the last three days. The 6-foot-7 forward has morphed into perhaps the area's top 2021 talent, as his motor and ferocity around the rim have caught the eyes of regional mid-major programs.
Hughey's high school teammate Jalen Sullinger also added an offer from Ohio on Sunday, after both rising juniors impressed at the Bobcats' elite camp.
London junior wing guard Trey Woodyard became the third 2021 prospect to earn a Division I offer, as the 6-foot-5 scorer received a scholarship from Toledo on Thursday. Woodyard could very well be the best wing scorer in the class and really impressed in June at the Ohio State team camp, leading London to wins against a host of Division I programs.
Woodyard is a bonafide mid-major prospect who could honestly pick up some Power 5 interest between now and next year. The 6-foot-5 wing can score it on all three levels, has a great feel and can play and defend multiple positions. In a era where shooting, length and versatility is highly sought after, Woodyard fits the billing, and also checks in as a winner, leading London to its first conference title in decades last winter.
The third of the trio to pick up a new Division I offer on Thursday, Gahanna sophomore sensation Sean Jones received his first HBCU scholarship from Grambling State. Jones, whose mother played at fellow HBCU Central State in college, could very well consider attending a program like Grambling. The 5-foot-11 point guard is as good as they come in the area, regardless of class and now holds two Division I offers after Ohio pulled the trigger earlier in the summer.
To our knowledge, Jones is the first area player to receive an offer from Grambling, as you don't traditionally see southern HBCUs offering Central Ohio prospects. However, with Jones' mother's connections to the HBCU world, the sophomore floor general could end up flipping the script over the next three years.
The most sought after 2020 prospect in the area has trimmed his list. Walnut Ridge senior Von Cameron Davis announced his top five via Twitter on Thursday, as in-state mid-majors Bowling Green, Kent State, Ohio, Toledo and Wright State made the cut for the 6-foot-5 forward.
Davis is coming off an absolutely dominant junior season in which he was second to only Gatorade Player of the Year Ben Roderick in scoring, leading Walnut Ridge within a few buckets of a district final appearance. The rising senior is one of the most productive players that we've covered in the last five seasons and should transition well to Division I college basketball thanks to the improvements made in his perimeter game, athleticism, strength and overall feel.
The Walnut Ridge standout is an early favorite for Mr. Basketball and should have every chance to lead the Scots to a district title and more this upcoming season. Ohio might be the early leader, Bobcats head coach Jeff Boals was the first to offer Davis back in 2016 when the 6-foot-5 forward was just a freshman and Boals was leading the Stony Brook program.
Chillicothe senior Jayvon Maughmer put an end to his recruitment by committing to Division II power Cedarville earlier this week. Maughmer will joins his brother Branden Maughmer, who was one of the nation's best D2 freshmen last season, in the Cedarville program.
The Yellow Jackets and head coach Pat Estepp have done a terrific job recruiting Central Ohio, snagging both Maughmer brothers, Hilliard Bradley all-timer Isaiah Speelman and Hilliard Davidson standout Jacob Drees in the last three recruiting cycles.
Jayvon Maughmer is the third 2020 prospect to commit to a Division I or II program, as fellow high school teammate Brandon Noel (Wright State) and Hilliard Bradley guard Matt Allocco (Princeton) made their decisions earlier in the summer.