A Look At Recruiting Classes From Around The Mountain West
Plenty of prospects signed early this year.
The Runnin’ Rebels have the highest ranked recruiting class in the Mountain West.
We have created this list of players signed by coaching staffs in the early signing period so far for next season. Below is a list of each team and their signed players so far, with some info on that player and excerpts from head coaches on that signee.
Coaches aren’t allowed to comment on players who commit to a program throughout the year until they have received a signed National Letter of Intent from that prospect. Prospects can commit at anytime they want during the year and have two periods in which they can sign a letter of intent to play for that school.
The “early” signing period is a week long and started Nov. 13th and extended out to Nov. 20th. Most guys signed within the first two days of the week with only UNLV getting commitments and letters of intent signed after. The second signing period of the 2019-2020 season begins April 15th, 2020 and ends on May 20th, 2020.
Things To Note:
- UNLV and first year head coach TJ Otzelberger have the largest signed group in the conference and the highest ranked. Otzelberger was able to keep a promise when it came to recruiting by getting local guys to sign with the Runnin’ Rebels. Half of his recruiting class is either from Nevada or have played high school basketball in Nevada.
- Several teams have signed more prospects than they have seniors scheduled to leave, that means some current players will be expected to transfer.
- Wyoming was the lone team without a commit or signee in the early signing period.
- Air Force has 12 commits for the 2020 class per Verbal Commits. But with a complex system that includes possibly enrolling at Prep School and no confirmation of these commitments on the team’s website, they were excluded.
Boise State: 4 Signed
Bukre Smith 6-11 215 C Trinity Episcopal School-Glen Allen, VA
“Burke is extremely skilled for his size and his age,” Rice said. “Our program has always looked for skilled bigs to play our style and he does three things at a really advanced level that fit that mold: he shoots with range; he puts the ball on the floor, and he’s a very good passer. With his love for the game and outstanding work ethic he has a bright future at Boise State.” – Coach Rice
Kasean Pryor 6-9 179 SG Link Year Prep-Branson, MO
“Kasean is a long, athletic wing with huge upside,” Rice said. “He has a great combination of skill and feels not often seen in players his size. His game and body type is in the mold of James Webb and Derrick Alston, and he will be a tremendous fit in our system.” – Coach Rice
Jace Whiting 6-1 165 PG Burley HS-Burley ID
“Jace has a great feel for the game and brings a tremendous amount of skill to the combo guard position,” Rice said. “It’s always important to keep the best players in the state at home and we’re excited to have Jace in our program.” – Coach Rice
Naje Smith 6-7 200 SF Spokane, WA-Cochise College (AZ) Stats
Colorado State: 3 Signed
Isaiah Rivera 6-5 190 SF Geneseo High School-Geneseo, IL
Jacob Jenniseen 7-0 205 C Sauk Centre Secondary-Sauk Centre, MN
Trace Young 6-3 165 SG Dripping Springs high School-Austin, TX (Walk-on)
Fresno State: 3 Signed
Braxton Meah 7-0 230 C San Joaquin Memorial HS-Fresno,CA
“Braxton is a 7-foot athlete, who can protect the rim and finish above the rim with the best of them,” Hutson said of Meah. “He’s a local product and has been very well coached and developed. We are glad to be able to keep him home and our community will really enjoy watching him play.” -Coach Hutson
Leonardo Colimerio 6-7 180 SF Wasatch Academy-Mount Pleasant,UT
“Leo is a versatile, positionless basketball player,” Hutson said of Colimerio. “Incoming from Brazil, he has an international feel for the game with great athleticism. We look forward to him playing all over the floor.” – Coach Hutson
Destin Whitaker 6-5 185 SG Romeroville HS-Romeoville, IL
“Destin can really shoot it,” Hutson said. “He comes from a basketball family and has been coached really well. Destin has a high basketball IQ, and while his strength is shooting, he is very versatile.” -Coach Hutson
Nevada: 5 Signed
Tre Coleman 6-7 185 SF Jeffersonville HS-Jeffersonville, IN
“Tre is a big athletic wing who can defend all over the court. He gives us a ton of versatility. A high-level athlete who will bring energy on both sides of the ball.” – Coach Alford
Alem Huseinovic 6-3 180 SG PHHoenix Prep-Scottsdale, AZ
“Alem is a tough, heady shooting guard. He really knows how to create and make shots. A fierce competitor who really knows how to play.” – Coach Alford
DeAndre Henry 6-7 225 PF PHHoenix Prep-Phoenix, AZ
“Dre has a tremendous ceiling as a basketball player. He is a strong and athletic player who loves to compete at both ends of the floor. He will improve daily due to how hard he works.” – Coach Alford
Jelani Clark 6-2 180 SG Archbishop Riordan HS-San Francisco, CA
“Je’Lani is a high energy, high motor player. He has a very high basketball IQ and is committed to being a great player. He has the ability to lead a team and program.” – Coach Alford
Daniel Foster 6-6 185 PG Golden State Preparatory School (CA)-Melbourne, AUS
“Daniel is a versatile guard who can play a variety of positions. A tough-minded competitor who knows how to play the game. We’ve had tremendous success with Australian born players.” – Coach Alford