#OTRHoopsReport: Mississippi State Recruiting Class – January 14, 2016

 Coach Ben Howland hit the ground running in Starksville. Read what he did with the 2016 recruiting class. Photo cred – @HailStateMBK/Twitter

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It has not even been a year since Ben Howland was named the Head Coach in Starksville. However, the college basketball community is already feeling the impact of his recruiting. The late signing of 5-star guard Malik Newman in the class of 2015 puts the Bulldogs on the map as a national presence in the realm of recruiting. Here is a closer look at what Howland’s staff did in the 2016 recruiting class.

By:  @JLHemingwayPSB

Georgia StarsAbdul Ado 6’10” Center
School: Hamilton Heights
Travel Team: Georgia Stars
OTR Grade: 4.5 Star

OTRHoopsReport.com Eval by Jonathan Hemingway
June 18, 2015 NBPA Top 100 Camp (Charlottesville, Va.)

Ado is an interior presence on the interior while also having adequate footwork on defending the ball screen. He was a vocal presence on the defensive end while also showing the ability to pass.

Pro SkillsSchnider Herard  6’10” Center
School: Prestonwood Christian Academy
Travel Team: ProSkills
OTR Grade: 4.5 Star

OTRHoopsReport.com Eval by Brandon Clay
June 19, 2014 NBPA Top 100 Camp (Charlottesville, Va.)

Herard is a legitimate post option whose build puts me in the mind of Diamond Stone (WI-15). He is not as skilled at Stone but is a force inside having a consistent impact on the games that we watched. Free throw shooting is an area of the game that Herard can improve on going forward.

041 Mario KeglerMario Kegler 6’7″ Wing
School: Oak Hill Academy
Travel Team: MBA Select
OTR Grade: 4.5 Star

OTRHoopsReport.com Eval by Jonathan Hemingway
December 4, 2015 Marshall County Hoop Fest (Benton, Ky.)

I was impressed with Kegler this weekend. His jumper is smooth and seems to have a nice feel for the game these days. He definitely has moved from a “an athletic wing with developing skills” to a “a skilled wing with good physical attributes.” He scored 20 points on 7/12 shooting to earn MVP honors.

081 Eli wrightEli Wright 6’5″ Guard
School: IMG Academy
Travel Team: Hoop Dreams
OTR Grade: 4.5 Star

OTRHoopsReport.com Eval by Jonathan Hemingway
July 12, 2014 OntheRadarHoops.com Elite 32 (Marietta, Ga.)

Wright is a left handed wing who moves well without the ball. He showed a nice flash and finish today against a zone. He is active and athletic. He reminds in build and in athleticism of Rayjon Tucker (NC-15).

Tyson Carter 6’4″ Guard
School: Starkville HS
OTR Grade: N/A

Evaluation: Not available at this time




Coach Hemi-100-100Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. 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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