The week started off with a bang for Wake Forest recruiting as Danny Manning landed coveted 4* 2016 big man Samuel Japhet-Mathias just a week after taking his official visit. Though nothing as significant as a new commitment has happened since, some more important recruiting news has been released throughout the week that is worth your attention. If you’re looking for a full breakdown of the remaining targets for the Class of 2016 click here. If you’re looking for the news of the Sam Japhet-Mathias commitment click here. If you are looking for some of the under-the-radar recruiting news of the week, everything you need is below.
Wake Forest offers Class of 2017 forward Nicholas Claxton
Danny Manning extended an offer to Class of 2017 forward Nicholas Claxton earlier this week as he continues his trend of heavily recruiting nearby talent. Claxton plays at Legacy Charter in Greenville, South Carolina and has seen a massive uptick in attention this month from High-Major programs across the country. USC, Temple, Baylor, and FSU have all offered since the beginning of September and Georgetown, NC State, and Florida are expressing significant interest in the talented prospect as well. On most scouting sites Claxton is listed as 6’6 or 6’7, but the latest reports on Twitter are that he is now 6’9 or potentially taller, which might be the cause for his recruitment recently blowing up. With how the game is evolving, everyone is looking to find the big man who has guard like skills, and late growth spurts can often lead to a player developing into this valuable type of prospect. Though he is currently listed as a 3* and #157 in 247sports composite, Phenom Hoops Report’s Jamie Shaw seems to agree that Claxton is destined to be a big time name soon enough. If Wake is indeed onto another "diamond in the rough" early in his recruitment, we just have to hope that in this cycle we’re able to convince the recruit that early loyalty should be key to his decision.
Baylor, SoCal, FSU, Wake, etc...are wayy ahead of the curve on this one...Will be a national level recruitment https://t.co/Kp8qzYAECE— Jamie Shaw (@JamieShaw5) September 29, 2015
Harry Froling on List of Australian Players NBA Scouts Should Watch by Fox Sports
In terms of 2016 recruiting news, the Australian Harry received some very high praise by Fox Sports in an article this week. On Wednesday Froling was listed as one of the 10 NBL players NBA scouts should keep an eye on this season as he plays for his hometown club the Townsville Crocs as a development player. The fact that he is being labeled as a legitimate NBA level prospect is a testament to how strong a showing he had this summer for Team LivOn and Team Asia Pacific at the Adidas Nations Showcase against top competition. Despite the scholarship count looking tight at the moment, Froling is an absolute must "take" in my opinion if you have the chance to get him. His excellent passing skills and vision with his size are a rare combination and the kid has a natural feel for the game that any High-Major coach would love to work with. Hopefully his official visit is still scheduled for later this fall and Danny Manning can get another 4* foreign big man to join the 2016 class.
'17 JP Moorman and '17 Caleb Nero to take Unofficial Visits this Weekend
Two under the radar 2017 prospects will be taking unofficial visits to campus this weekend according to Michael Jennings of the 247sports board. Neither of them have extensive profiles on scouting sites at the moment, but NC native JP Moorman is expected to rise in national rankings very soon by people in the industry. In the newest Phenom Hoops Report 2017 rankings, Moorman came in at #7 in North Carolina, which puts him one spot higher than Wesleyan Christian Academy 4* SF target David Caraher. Caleb Nero is a PG/SG from Tulsa, OK who played his summer ball for Athletes First on the EYBL circuit. It was there that Wake Forest’s heavy interest in the Oklahoma prospect was first reported and clearly the interest remains strong. Nero visited Nebraska in mid-September and also has interest from Tulsa, Western Kentucky, and UNC Greensboro. Moorman and Nero are certainly two names to remember as their recruitments are just beginning to heat up heading into their Junior seasons.