Hoops Hot Board: Top OSU Targets for July Evaluation Period

Moses Graham. [247Sports]
Written by Kyle Boone

With the July live period upon us, Mike Boynton and his staff have hit the trail in search of future Pokes.

Since taking over the program this spring, the newly-minted head coach did what he needed to fill out the current roster by adding Kendall Smith, re-recruiting Zach Dawson, and landing big-name transfer Michael Weathers. Now, he’s tasked with filling out his roster of the future. So who might the staff be targeting this summer?

Here’s a look at names to watch in the live period.

Moses Graham | Center | 2018

The coaching staff is expected to drop in for a visit to see 2018 center Moses Graham this week, Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog.com reported this week. Graham is a five-star center from the New York Area whose 7-foot frame and freakish agility has earned him a spot among national rankings in the top 10 in the class of 2018.

Along with OSU, Kansas, Duke, UCLA and Kentucky are all expected to pay the big man a visit in the live period.

Mark Williams | Center | 2020

The staff made a scholarship offer this week to 2020 center Mark Williams of Norfolk, Virginia. Williams is a 6-11 center whose biggest offer to date outside OSU has come from Buzz Williams and the Hokies program. VCU and James Madison have also offered.

Williams is a part of AAU’s Team Loaded in Virginia—the same AAU program that is fostering five-star 2018 center target David McCormack.

Oscar Tshiebwe | Forward | 2019

Mountain Mission shool forward Oscar Tshiebwe—another Team Loaded product—reported an offer this week. Tshiebwe is a 6-9 power forward from Grundy (not Gundy!) Virginia.

Tshiebwe has long been on the WVU radar after an early offer from the Mountaineers, but he’s gained recent attention from Virginia Tech and OSU that could potentially sway him. Tshiebwe is a four-star standout and top-200 prospect in the 2019 class.

Isaiah Stewart | Big man | 2019

2019 power forward Isaiah Stewart also picked up an offer this week and is the latest in a growing line of targets from the New York area. A four-star recruit, Stewart has 23-plus scholarship offers that has grown substantially with offers from Florida State, OSU, Northwestern, Marquette, Memphis and Washington in the past month alone.

Stewart plays for Albany City Rocks on the AAU circuit and is a dominant, rim-running forward.

Elijah Weaver | Point Guard | 2018

The OSU staff is planning to visit 2018 point guard target Elijah Weaver this month, the prospect told Scout recently. He’s been heavily recruited by OSU and ace recruiter Lamont Evans.

“Coach Evans is a Breakdown guy,” Weaver told Scout. “We have that connection because of that, and we talk about the old days when he was with Breakdown, and just how I would be able to come in and play right away and be an impact player for them.”

Weaver originally planned to narrow his list of schools on July 17, but has since backed away from those plans and declared his recruitment to be wide open. That could be a welcoming sign to OSU that the Pokes are still in the mix despite heavy interest from Nova, Ohio State, Louisville and others.

Malik Hall | Small Forward | 2019

Four-star 2019 talent Malik Hall reports a new offer from the Pokes, and is now one of seven small forward targets in the ’19 class that now includes Marcus Watson, Jaylin Williams, C.J. Walker, Jalen Wilson, D.J. Burns and Christian Brown.

OSU head coach Mike Boynton made the offer to Hall, and also visited D.J. Burns and Marcus Watson over the weekend to watch AAU’s Georgia Stars team.

  • Ric Willies

    I’ll say this, Boynton is swinging for the fences. I trust that is a good strategy.

    • oSuJones

      Especially with Coach Evans…he’s a top tier recruiter from what I’ve heard so that’s an ace in Boynton’s pocket. Not many first year coaches have that

  • David Einstein

    I like Elijah Weaver a lot. Hope we pull off that recruitment.