UE gets another verbal commitment

Tyler Ptacek

Tyler Ptacek

Back on Oct. 29, 2012, UE’s men’s basketball staff landed two verbal commitments in one day from high school seniors.

Aces coaches did it again Tuesday when Tyler Ptacek, a 6-foot-2 guard at Padua Franciscan (Ohio) High School and former UNC Wilmington signee, added his pledge following one earlier in the day from The Rock (Fla.) School guard Christian Benzon.

Ptacek tweeted the news just after 9 p.m. to round out what will be a five-player incoming recruiting class for UE once he and Benzon sign binding letters of intent. Both players made their decision with the NCAA’s signing period, which ends Wednesday, winding down.

Ptacek received a release from UNC Wilmington a week ago and immediately showed interest in UE as well as NCAA tournament Cinderella Florida Gulf Coast. He’s from the Cleveland suburbs not far from UE signee Duane Gibson out of Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School.

Other Aces signees include Fishers High School guard Jaylon Brown and Castle High School forward Blake Simmons, son of coach Marty Simmons.

Known for his shooting abilities, Ptacek averaged 19.2 points per game as a senior at Padua while becoming the school’s career scoring leader. Rivals.com and ESPN both rank him as a two-star prospect.

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