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The Canada Elite basketball program recently announced that two of its prospects have received scholarship offers to the University of Evansville.

Oduro, a 6-foot-8 senior power forward, plays for First Love Christian Academy in Washington, Pennsylvania. The Toronto native has scholarship offers from 15 low- to mid-major Division I schools, according his Verbal Commits page.

Here is the most recent highlight tape I could find of Oduro:

Sackey, a 5-foot-10 point guard from Winnipeg, plays high school ball for St. Louis Christian Academy. The Class of 2018 prospect also holds offers from Winthrop and Kent State, according to Verbal Commits.

Here is Sackey’s highlight video:

Three of the Aces’ 2017 recruiting targets recently gave verbal commitments to other schools. Small forward Connor Niego pledged to Holy Cross, center Cameron Krutwig committed to Loyola (Chicago) and power forward Mamoudou Diarra committed to Washington.

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Reports have surfaced this week of three more Class of 2017 recruiting targets for the University of Evansville men’s basketball program.

The Aces have reportedly offered scholarship to three high school players since Monday: 6-foot-9, 250-pound center Cameron Krutwig, 6-1 point guard Tai Bibbs and 6-8 power forward Silas Adheke.

Krutwig, rated a three-star recruit by ESPN and, has more than 20 Division I scholarship offers but none from the power-5 conferences. He averaged 17.9 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game last season at Jacobs High School in Algonquin, Illinois.

Bibbs averaged 16.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game for West Chicago High School as a junior. He holds 14 Division I scholarship offers, according to Verbal Commits, including from IUPUI, Ball State, Drake and Belmont.

Adheke, rated a three-star prospect by ESPN, attends Hamilton Height Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has offers from Evansville’s Missouri Valley Conference rivals Missouri State and Southern Illinois, along with Kansas State and a handful of other schools, according to Verbal Commits.

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The University of Evansville men’s basketball coaching staff has apparently had a busy recruiting week. Verbal Commits has reported three scholarship offers being issued by the Aces since Thursday, including two to Texas prospects.

The offers are all for the 2017 recruiting class: junior-college guard William Tinsley, high school guard Greg Bowie and high school power forward River Reed. Evansville’s offers to the high school prospects were first reported by

Tinsley, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, averaged 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists last season at Lake Land College. He shot 42.7 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from 3-point range. Tinsley has been offered by a handful of schools, including Florida State and two of Evansville’s Missouri Valley Conference rivals: Southern Illinois and Illinois State.

The 6-foot-3 Bowie averaged 20.1 points and 4.9 rebounds last season at Athlos Leadership Academy in San Antonio. He has a dozen Division I offers, according to Verbal Commits.

Reed averaged 15.3 points and 9.9 rebounds for Reagan High School, also in San Antonio. Stephen F. Austin and Loyola University Maryland have also offered scholarships to Reed.

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The University of Evansville men’s basketball program has reportedly offered a scholarship to Connor Niego, a 6-foot-8 small forward in the 2017 recruiting class. Niego’s AAU program tweeted the news Wednesday night.

Niego is entering his senior season at Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois. A highlight tape from his junior year can be found here.

Green Bay and Winthrop have also offered scholarships to Niego, according to his AAU coach.

The Niego name may sound familiar to basketball fans in Indiana. Connor’s older brother, Harrison, was a walk-on guard at Indiana University who averaged 4.4 minutes in 25 appearances for the Big Ten champions. After playing crucial minutes in high-profile games — not just the typical garbage time normally attributed to walk-ons — Harrison transferred from IU and landed a scholarship at Division II Hillsdale College.

The 2017 recruiting class is a big one for Evansville, which is set to lose six seniors after this season. Connor Niego is the eighth 2017 recruit to have landed a scholarship offer from the Aces, acoording to Verbal Commits.


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The Brooklyn Nets released their roster for the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League on Monday. As expected, former Evansville center Egidijus Mockevicius and former Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell are on the team.

Brooklyn opens against Cleveland on Saturday before playing Atlanta on Monday and Washington on July 12. The playoff championship tournament begins July 13.

The Nets’ full roster is listed below.

2 Beau Beech G/F 6-9 215 03/01/94 North Florida/USA North Florida/NCAA R
20 Jerrelle Benimon F 6-8 245 08/01/91 Towson/USA Guangdong Foshan/China 1
10 Yogi Ferrell G 6-0 180 05/09/93 Indiana/USA Indiana/NCAA R
33 Marcus Georges-Hunt G 6-5 220 03/28/94 Georgia Tech/USA Georgia Tech/NCAA R
24 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson G/F 6-7 210 01/03/95 Arizona/USA Brooklyn Nets 1
6 Sean Kilpatrick G 6-4 219 01/06/90 Cincinnati/USA Brooklyn Nets 2
9 Josh Magette G 6-1 160 11/28/89 Alabama-Huntsville/USA L.A. D-Fenders/D-League R
1 Chris McCullough F 6-9 210 02/05/95 Syracuse/USA Brooklyn Nets 1
55 Egidijus Mockevicius C 6-10 237 09/01/92 Evansville/Lithuania Evansville/NCAA R
30 JJ O’Brien F 6-7 228 04/08/92 San Diego State/USA Idaho Stampede/D-League 1
14 Henry Sims C 6-10 248 03/27/90 Georgetown/USA Brooklyn Nets 4
26 Aaron Thomas G 6-5 195 11/03/91 Florida State/USA MLP Academics Heidelberg/Germany R
15 Isaiah Whitehead G 6-4 210 03/08/95 Seton Hall/USA Seton Hall/NCAA R

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The University of Evansville men’s basketball program has offered a scholarship to Chris Vogt, a rising senior at Graves County High School in Mayfield, Kentucky. Vogt tweeted the news Thursday afternoon.

The 6-foot-11 center averaged 17 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.8 blocks last season in leading Graves County to a 23-10 record. Rated a three-star recruit by, Vogt also has scholarship offers from Southern Illinois, Austin Peay, Northern Kentucky, Ball State, Middle Tennessee State, Western Kentucky and Tulsa, according to his Verbal Commits page.

Evansville is projected to lose six seniors after the coming season, including three that play either power forward or center.

Below is a highlight reel from Vogt’s junior season at Graves County. Something that stands out is he appears to be ambidextrous; he uses his left hand for most of his blocked shots and some of his finishes around the basket, but shoots jumpers right-handed.

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D.J. Balentine plans to work out for the Minnesota Timberwolves for a second time leading up to the NBA Draft on June 23.

Balentine told the Courier & Press via text message Monday evening that he was preparing to fly to Minneapolis for a Tuesday workout. The former University of Evansville guard also met with the Timberwolves on June 2.

The 6-foot-2 Balentine finished his career as UE’s all-time leading scorer and averaged 20.5 points last season. He bumped his assist totals to a career-high 4.4 per game as a senior and anticipates playing point guard rather than shooting guard in the professional ranks.

He is projected outside of the 60-player NBA Draft by most of the popular mock drafts. Balentine said his first workout with the Timberwolves went well and it can only be taken as a good sign that the team would like to see him a second time.

According to former NBA executive Bobby Marks, franchises invite everyone from lottery-pick targets to NBA Development League candidates to predraft workouts. Borderline prospects may also use the workouts to earn placement on Summer League rosters, even if they go undrafted.

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Former University of Evansville center Egidijus Mockevicius will participate in a predraft workout for the Denver Nuggets on Monday, according to the Nuggets’ Twitter account.

Denver also plans to bring in another 6-foot-10 big man, Louisville’s Chinanu Onuaku, along with guards Joe De Ciman (Colorado State), Patrick McCaw (UNLV), Abdel Nader (Iowa State) and Michael Bryson (UC Santa Barbara).

Mockevicius led NCAA Division I with 14.0 rebounds per game during his senior season at Evansville. He also averaged 15.7 points and 2.8 blocks while shooting 63.7 percent from the field. He was a two-time selection to the all-Missouri Valley Conference first team.

The 23-year-old Lithuanian is ranked as the No. 38 NCAA senior by DraftExpress, which lists Mockevicius outside of their mock draft. Mockevicius’ agent, Pedro Power, previously confirmed that his client had worked out for three other NBA teams: the Brooklyn Nets, the Chicago Bulls and the Dallas Mavericks.

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The University of Evansville men’s basketball program has reportedly offered a scholarship to Solomon Hainna, a 6-foot-7 forward from Midland College (Texas). The news hit Twitter Wednesday night.

Hainna averaged 7.1 points and 5.5 rebounds last season for Midland, which finished 21-9 and played in a conference rife with Division-I talent (I know because one of my former colleagues covered that league for a couple of years).

The left-hander shot 48.6 percent from the field and 67.7 percent from the foul line while making 8 of 19 3-point attempts (42.1 percent).

According to Verbal Commits, Hainna also holds Division I offers from Drake, San Francisco, Hampton, IPFW, Campbell, Portland State, Maryland-Eastern Shore and North Florida.

A highlight video for Hainna is below.

Or, for you die-hards out there, here’s an eight-minute video of an individual workout.

Hainna would have two years of college eligibility remaining at whatever school he chooses.

I fired off a retweet over the weekend about high school wing Jacob Cushing picking up an offer from Evansville, but I haven’t expounded on the offer yet.

The 6-foot-7 Cushing, another lefty, averaged 13.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and shot 48 percent as a senior at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois. He committed to Cal Poly last summer but reopened his recruiting in April and has since received offers from Evansville and Eastern Kentucky.

Here is Cushing’s highlight video. He looks comfortable slashing and shooting, and has a high release on his jump shot — all good things.

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The University of Evansville men’s basketball program has offered a scholarship to 2017 Mamoudou Diarra, according to his AAU team (which apparently spelled Diarra’s name incorrectly).

The 6-foot-9 Diarra is the third power forward the Aces have offered in the 2017 recruiting class, joining 6-9 Jack Nunge from Castle High School and 6-8 Wyatt Yess of Ballwin, Missouri. He plays high school basketball for St. Louis Christian Academy.

Diarra reportedly has a 7-foot-2 wingspan and holds offers from Washington, Cincinnati, Grand Canyon and Missouri, according to his Verbal Commits page.


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The University of Evansville men’s basketball program has offered a scholarship to high school junior Wyatt Yess, according to the player’s AAU program, Gateway Basketball Club.

Yess is a 6-foot-8 power forward from Parkway West High School, about 20 miles west of St. Louis. He is rated a four-star recruit by ESPN and also holds offers from Wyoming, Missouri and Saint Louis.

Yess averaged about 15.4 points and 8.5 rebounds last season and led his team to the quarterfinals of Missouri’s Class 4 tournament. Parkway West finished 20-6.

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Desmond Bane, a 6-foot-5 guard from Seton Catholic (Indiana), announced via Twitter on Sunday night that the University of Evansville has offered him a scholarship.

Bane averaged 30.0 points,11.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 3.2 blocked shots for the Cardinals, who finished 23-4 and lost in a Class A regional to eventual state champion Liberty Christian. He was named an Indiana All-Star and made The Associated Press all-state third team.

According to his Verbal Commits page, Bane holds Division I offers from Winthrop, New Orleans, IPFW, IUPUI, Air Force, Ohio, Miami (Ohio) and Ball State. Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star reported that Bane is planning to visit Purdue on Thursday for a workout.

Bane appears to be a physical guard who can play above the rim. In a 41-point, 12-rebound game against Union City in the sectional championship, Bane dunked so hard his opponent stayed on the floor for more than a minute. 

Another highlight tape is below.

The Aces have already signed two guards in the 2016 recruiting class and have three scholarships remaining. With Bane’s size, it appears he could play the wing or even the ‘4’ position in small, four-guard lineups that have become common at UE.