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Topic:  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer

Topic:  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/17/2023 10:14:27 AM 
Crud I conveniently overlooked that this was just a verbal.

Sadly in today's day and age that means about as much as your relationship status on Facebook.

Open the wallet and hope for the best.
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/17/2023 10:59:27 AM 
This is crazy exciting and I'm not sure I can make sense of it in the NIL world but could be absolutely huge for our program.


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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/17/2023 11:46:47 AM 
FearLeon wrote:
RSBobcat wrote:
FearLeon wrote:
Cats5 wrote:
Yes please!


Beyond huge! Can mods change his height from 6'8 to 6'10? Let's not short-change the kid.







I am not seeing him listed at 6'10 anywhere - all I see is 6'8



https://www.thenewsenterprise.com/sports/high_school_spor...

Evans, coming in a 6’10” himself, has taken full advantage of his height, averaging 16.1 points per game on a very efficient 62.2% shooting, most of which comes from the interior.
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https://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/preps/kentuc... /

“Even though he’s 6-(foot-)10, he’s not really a post player,” Haire said. “But I have no need for a 6-10 person to be hanging around the perimeter. Next level, he’ll be playing a totally different spot.”


Great - Those did not come up to me (quickly anyway).


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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/17/2023 1:20:54 PM 
FearLeon wrote:
FJC31 wrote:
Awesome get. Part of me wishes he could reclassify and enroll early but nice to land a much needed big nonetheless.


Totally agree....but just happy that this staff is understanding we have to develop a quality big from the HS level and not necessarily rely on portal bigs each season where we got out paid this go-around for targets.


How long do you believe a mid major will hold onto a "quality big man" that they develop from High School? This is not college basketball circa 1990. Yes, they need HS kids, but to think it's a long term answer is probably not realistic in today's game.
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/17/2023 1:25:03 PM 
FearLeon wrote:
RSBobcat wrote:
FearLeon wrote:
Cats5 wrote:
Yes please!


Beyond huge! Can mods change his height from 6'8 to 6'10? Let's not short-change the kid.







I am not seeing him listed at 6'10 anywhere - all I see is 6'8



https://www.thenewsenterprise.com/sports/high_school_spor...

Evans, coming in a 6’10” himself, has taken full advantage of his height, averaging 16.1 points per game on a very efficient 62.2% shooting, most of which comes from the interior.
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https://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/preps/kentuc... /

“Even though he’s 6-(foot-)10, he’s not really a post player,” Haire said. “But I have no need for a 6-10 person to be hanging around the perimeter. Next level, he’ll be playing a totally different spot.”


Looks like he's not a true post. That will make some very happy!
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/17/2023 1:36:59 PM 
BillyTheCat wrote:
FearLeon wrote:
FJC31 wrote:
Awesome get. Part of me wishes he could reclassify and enroll early but nice to land a much needed big nonetheless.


Totally agree....but just happy that this staff is understanding we have to develop a quality big from the HS level and not necessarily rely on portal bigs each season where we got out paid this go-around for targets.


How long do you believe a mid major will hold onto a "quality big man" that they develop from High School? This is not college basketball circa 1990. Yes, they need HS kids, but to think it's a long term answer is probably not realistic in today's game.


That's a mystery too. But it seems getting quality bigs in your locker room is going to be easier for a place like us if they come to us as freshmen.
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/17/2023 1:37:51 PM 
Given he's still young wouldn't be surprised if he ends up a legit 6'-10" or more.

I read a review on one of the ranking websites that described him as more of ball handling, face up wing, rather than a back to the basket big. I don't mind that in today's game of positionless basketball. It does appear he can block some shots from the short videos I've seen online which is something I like to see from our "5". I'd love to have a big that is a true threat to both pick & pop effectively & roll for a lob.

One thing I noted that was interesting when looking around for info on him... about a year ago he seemed to be a consensus top 100 player in the country but in the last year he's slid around 100 spots in those rankings. Maybe that speaks to why Ohio landed him rather than the SEC programs that were in early. Could be a thousand other reasons too, hopefully he just loves Ohio University, Athens, and the staff!

Welcome Ayden
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/17/2023 1:45:52 PM 
shabamon wrote:
BillyTheCat wrote:
FearLeon wrote:
FJC31 wrote:
Awesome get. Part of me wishes he could reclassify and enroll early but nice to land a much needed big nonetheless.


Totally agree....but just happy that this staff is understanding we have to develop a quality big from the HS level and not necessarily rely on portal bigs each season where we got out paid this go-around for targets.


How long do you believe a mid major will hold onto a "quality big man" that they develop from High School? This is not college basketball circa 1990. Yes, they need HS kids, but to think it's a long term answer is probably not realistic in today's game.


That's a mystery too. But it seems getting quality bigs in your locker room is going to be easier for a place like us if they come to us as freshmen.


I think it is still more likely to retain an existing high quality player than it is to secure one in the portal of matching skill.
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/17/2023 3:00:38 PM 
BillyTheCat wrote:
FearLeon wrote:
FJC31 wrote:
Awesome get. Part of me wishes he could reclassify and enroll early but nice to land a much needed big nonetheless.


Totally agree....but just happy that this staff is understanding we have to develop a quality big from the HS level and not necessarily rely on portal bigs each season where we got out paid this go-around for targets.


How long do you believe a mid major will hold onto a "quality big man" that they develop from High School? This is not college basketball circa 1990. Yes, they need HS kids, but to think it's a long term answer is probably not realistic in today's game.


He didn't say it was a long term answer. He is happy we got a good player.


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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/17/2023 4:46:28 PM 
Andrew Ruck wrote:
BillyTheCat wrote:
FearLeon wrote:
FJC31 wrote:
Awesome get. Part of me wishes he could reclassify and enroll early but nice to land a much needed big nonetheless.


Totally agree....but just happy that this staff is understanding we have to develop a quality big from the HS level and not necessarily rely on portal bigs each season where we got out paid this go-around for targets.


How long do you believe a mid major will hold onto a "quality big man" that they develop from High School? This is not college basketball circa 1990. Yes, they need HS kids, but to think it's a long term answer is probably not realistic in today's game.


He didn't say it was a long term answer. He is happy we got a good player.


Yes

and

Yes

It's like you are reading my mind ARuck.

Well done.




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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/17/2023 8:48:13 PM 
FearLeon wrote:
Andrew Ruck wrote:
BillyTheCat wrote:
FearLeon wrote:
FJC31 wrote:
Awesome get. Part of me wishes he could reclassify and enroll early but nice to land a much needed big nonetheless.


Totally agree....but just happy that this staff is understanding we have to develop a quality big from the HS level and not necessarily rely on portal bigs each season where we got out paid this go-around for targets.


How long do you believe a mid major will hold onto a "quality big man" that they develop from High School? This is not college basketball circa 1990. Yes, they need HS kids, but to think it's a long term answer is probably not realistic in today's game.


He didn't say it was a long term answer. He is happy we got a good player.


Yes

and

Yes

It's like you are reading my mind ARuck.

Well done.



There is no such thing as a long term answer in the day and age of free agent mercenary basketball.
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/18/2023 6:54:04 AM 
FearLeon wrote:
Andrew Ruck wrote:
BillyTheCat wrote:
FearLeon wrote:
FJC31 wrote:
Awesome get. Part of me wishes he could reclassify and enroll early but nice to land a much needed big nonetheless.


Totally agree....but just happy that this staff is understanding we have to develop a quality big from the HS level and not necessarily rely on portal bigs each season where we got out paid this go-around for targets.


How long do you believe a mid major will hold onto a "quality big man" that they develop from High School? This is not college basketball circa 1990. Yes, they need HS kids, but to think it's a long term answer is probably not realistic in today's game.


He didn't say it was a long term answer. He is happy we got a good player.


Yes

and

Yes

It's like you are reading my mind ARuck.

Well done.



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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/18/2023 11:45:33 PM 
FearLeon wrote:
Andrew Ruck wrote:
BillyTheCat wrote:
FearLeon wrote:
FJC31 wrote:
Awesome get. Part of me wishes he could reclassify and enroll early but nice to land a much needed big nonetheless.


Totally agree....but just happy that this staff is understanding we have to develop a quality big from the HS level and not necessarily rely on portal bigs each season where we got out paid this go-around for targets.


How long do you believe a mid major will hold onto a "quality big man" that they develop from High School? This is not college basketball circa 1990. Yes, they need HS kids, but to think it's a long term answer is probably not realistic in today's game.


He didn't say it was a long term answer. He is happy we got a good player.


Yes

and

Yes

It's like you are reading my mind ARuck.

Well done.





And he answers next years problem? LOL. A "possible" recruit and you break out the wine. But hopefully he enrolls.
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/18/2023 11:47:12 PM 
Andrew Ruck wrote:
BillyTheCat wrote:
FearLeon wrote:
FJC31 wrote:
Awesome get. Part of me wishes he could reclassify and enroll early but nice to land a much needed big nonetheless.


Totally agree....but just happy that this staff is understanding we have to develop a quality big from the HS level and not necessarily rely on portal bigs each season where we got out paid this go-around for targets.


How long do you believe a mid major will hold onto a "quality big man" that they develop from High School? This is not college basketball circa 1990. Yes, they need HS kids, but to think it's a long term answer is probably not realistic in today's game.


He didn't say it was a long term answer. He is happy we got a good player.


Ummmmmm. Do we actually have him?
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/19/2023 8:38:52 PM 
Isn't November the early signing period?

Anything before that is a verbal...for anybody anywhere...right?
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/20/2023 8:38:48 AM 
You're right, sorry guys. Absolutely no happiness or excitement in any way about this player until he is crowned National player of the year in Athens.


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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/20/2023 9:54:11 AM 
Ranked 28th Power Forward -- https://www.espn.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting...


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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/20/2023 10:06:34 AM 
Andrew Ruck wrote:
You're right, sorry guys. Absolutely no happiness or excitement in any way about this player until he is crowned National player of the year in Athens.


It's OK, in fact downright laudatory, to start a mew thread about Boals bolting any time a P6 job opens up. Sometimes it's OK to anticipate and sometimes its not. One must know the rules.


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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/20/2023 10:20:44 AM 
Is "TOS to..." going to be replaced by "Boals to..." - ??
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/20/2023 10:49:48 AM 
Andrew Ruck wrote:
This is crazy exciting and I'm not sure I can make sense of it in the NIL world but could be absolutely huge for our program.


With P5 programs targeting proven commodities (in the sense of experienced transfers from smaller schools who have already produced in college) the natural next step is less scholarship spots at those programs for talented HS players. Sure, P5's will still target some 4* and 5* players every year but not at the same volume as in the past. More for us!

While losing our best players to NIL transfer is depressing, this is the exact scenario where not *everything* about this new landscape is all bad for Ohio. We just have to take advantage of it which we appear to have here


I've seen crazier things happen.

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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/20/2023 6:31:33 PM 
Makes sense.
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/21/2023 9:59:33 AM 
Very true and I had the same thoughts except that he had the 3 formal offers from the SEC, which suggests he chose us over them. But with the new landscape, that could also mean these type of recruits are more inclined to go mid-major and know you'll play right away to prove yourself and then your options are limitless with the easy transferring. Which is another way of saying we are becoming the AAA of college basketball. Studs who move on to the big club and guys who get sent down after not cutting it in the bigs.


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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/21/2023 3:23:17 PM 
mid70sbobcat wrote:
Andrew Ruck wrote:
BillyTheCat wrote:
FearLeon wrote:
FJC31 wrote:
Awesome get. Part of me wishes he could reclassify and enroll early but nice to land a much needed big nonetheless.


Totally agree....but just happy that this staff is understanding we have to develop a quality big from the HS level and not necessarily rely on portal bigs each season where we got out paid this go-around for targets.


How long do you believe a mid major will hold onto a "quality big man" that they develop from High School? This is not college basketball circa 1990. Yes, they need HS kids, but to think it's a long term answer is probably not realistic in today's game.


He didn't say it was a long term answer. He is happy we got a good player.


Ummmmmm. Do we actually have him?


Yes, as of now, we have him. He's verbally committed. That could change but he could also change his mind after he's in Athens. Why not celebrate now? Getting a verbal commitment from a promising player is the best thing the program can do this time of year. Isn't it much better than not getting a verbal commitment?
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/21/2023 6:50:45 PM 
OakStreet wrote:
mid70sbobcat wrote:
Andrew Ruck wrote:
BillyTheCat wrote:
FearLeon wrote:
FJC31 wrote:
Awesome get. Part of me wishes he could reclassify and enroll early but nice to land a much needed big nonetheless.


Totally agree....but just happy that this staff is understanding we have to develop a quality big from the HS level and not necessarily rely on portal bigs each season where we got out paid this go-around for targets.


How long do you believe a mid major will hold onto a "quality big man" that they develop from High School? This is not college basketball circa 1990. Yes, they need HS kids, but to think it's a long term answer is probably not realistic in today's game.


He didn't say it was a long term answer. He is happy we got a good player.


Ummmmmm. Do we actually have him?


Yes, as of now, we have him. He's verbally committed. That could change but he could also change his mind after he's in Athens. Why not celebrate now? Getting a verbal commitment from a promising player is the best thing the program can do this time of year. Isn't it much better than not getting a verbal commitment?


A verbal is literally infinitely better than not getting one.

It also means virtually 0.

Still virtually 0 divided by exactly 0 is....class....still infinity.

He's a fantastic get if we can actually close the deal and he's in green and white come November of 2024.

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  Message Not Read  RE: 2024 6'8" PF Ayden Evans (Elizabethtown HS, KY) - Ohio offer
   Posted: 7/29/2023 8:59:04 AM 

https://twitter.com/d20alfonso/status/1680699056580853762...

35” vertical? Woot!

Welcome to Ohio, Ayden.

Go Bobcats!
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