#OTRHoopsReport: 2015 Value Recruits – September 4, 2014
Class of 2015 guard Rex Pflueger of Chula Vista, Calif., can shoot the ball from the perimeter. However, it is what he does when he is not shooting that makes him one of the most valuable recruits in the nation. Photo cred – Jon Lopez/Nike
Everyone in the world of college basketball recruiting has their attention fixed upon the official visits that are taking place for the next two months. While most of the concentration may center around 5-star recruits, we take a look at which prospects will bring the most value to a program without the media hype.
CLASS OF 2015 Value Recruits
Kerry Blackshear Jr. (Orlando, Fla.), Q6 All-Stars – 2015
At 6-foot-9, Blackshear possesses elite size and strength on the low block. Although he is a physical specimen, he has soft hands and is able to catch nearly everything that comes in direction. He would provide great value for a program that needs a presence in the lane that can run the floor as well. He recently narrowed his list to Clemson, Georgia, Kansas State, Southern Methodist, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.
Rex Pflueger (Chula Vista, Calif.), Oakland Soldiers – 2015
Pflueger made a name for himself as a long range assassin while playing alongside of Arizona freshman, Stanley Johnson, last year at Mater Dei High School. The 6-5 wing is much more than a specialist. As we saw this spring with the Oakland Soldiers, he is an above average athlete who can defend his position while facilitating the offense in the half court. He just finished an official visit to San Diego State last weekend.
Josh Sharma (Chatham, Mass.), – Massachusetts Rivals – 2015
One of the more intriguing prospects in the nation is Sharma, who is a 7′ center. Although he has the length to compete with more traditional back to the basket big men, he has the bounce in his legs to be able to maneuver past more slow footed post players. That athleticism coupled with a soft mid-range jumper make him a highly sought after center. Although ranked out of the top 50 by most national rankings, his impact could be almost instantaneous for many power conference schools. He has an official visit set for Boston College on September 19-20.
Exposure and Showcase Opportunities:
August 30, 2014 – On the Radar Hoops Rising Star Camp
September 13/14 – EBA All-American Camp
September 20 – On the Radar Hoops Fall Showcase
October 11 – CoachHemi.com Fall Workout
Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on twitter @JLHemingwayPSB
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