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Big East recruiting roundup: August 4, 2017

Catching up on all that we may’ve missed.

NCAA Basketball: Butler at Villanova Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

We do our best to stay on top of things here at BECB, but occasionally, we do miss a few things. Here now is a recruiting roundup featuring some events that took place this week regarding Big East teams. If you see something we missed, please, don’t hesitate to let us know!


The Hoyas offered JUCO power forward Matthew Horton on Thursday per Kirven Lang, a contributor to JUCO Report:

Thus far, the Shelton State CC power forward has racked up offers from five schools in total. Canisius, Middle Tennessee, Little Rock and Western Kentucky are the other four to this point in time, as the Tuscaloosa native is gaining some traction now that he’s been offered by a school like Georgetown. We’ll see if he gets even more traction going forward.


Quentin Grimes, a five-star point guard in 2018 from The Woodlands, Texas, trimmed down to a Top 7 on Thursday and included the Golden Eagles in the mix.

It’s a pretty big coup for Marquette to be included in a field that features Kentucky, Arizona and Kansas to say the least.

In addition to that, the Golden Eagles offered 2020 guard Gabe Madsen per Mark Miller.

The 6-foot-4, 160-pound Madsen’s offer from Marquette is his second to this point, as he received one from UW-Green Bay this past June. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that MU has gotten in early on him as he is a product of the state of Wisconsin, hailing from Bloomer, located roughly 25 miles away from Eau Claire out in the western part of the state.


Virginia Episcopal’s Patrick Kelly received an offer from Providence earlier this week per his Twitter account.

Kelly has totaled three offers this week, landing ones from UNLV and Grand Canyon as well. Those and Providence are the lone three offers that he’s totaled up to this point, as he’s beginning to burst onto the scene and pick up national attention. As of now, Kelly is listed as an unranked recruit on 247Sports, but is a two-star on ESPN.


Seton Hall offered two prospects this week in Blake Hinson and Emmitt Matthews.

Matthews, as stated above, is a 2018 recruit, a small forward hailing from Tacoma, Washington. He’s listed as a 3-star recruit on 247Sports and is the fourth-ranked player from Washington, standing behind Mizzou commit Jontay Porter (who is, of course, reclassifying for 2017) and USC commits Kevin Porter and J’Raan Brooks. Matthews is a Top 175 recruit in 2018, ranked 171st, and is 45th among all small forwards.

Hinson meanwhile is a two-sport star at Deltona High School in Daytona Beach, Florida. Hinson plays both tight end in football and small forward for basketball and is a four-star player for both per 247Sports. He’s listed fourth among all Florida players in the class of 2019, a list headlined by five-stars Vernon Carey and Balsa Koprivica, teammates at University School in Fort Lauderdale. Omar Payne of Kissimmee is third in the state, just in front of the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Hinson, who is also listed 16th among all small forwards and 56th in the nation overall.


The Red Storm sought for the future when they offered 2020 prospect Nico Mannion earlier in the week per Ryan Silver.

Mannion, 6-foot-1 and 166 lbs., hails from Scottsdale, Arizona where he attends Pinnacle High School. The 2020 point guard is a five-star recruit on ESPN and ranks 19th in the nation in the class of 2020 per their rankings. Having said that, it’s no surprise that schools like USC, UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State have already gone and offered him to make a play on him. It might be a while, but expect to hear Mannion’s name down the pipe later on.


The Villanova Wildcats received some very good news when five-star Cameron Reddish kept them in his Top 5 earlier this week.

‘Nova is among a group featuring Kentucky, UConn, UCLA and Duke, whom are all competing for the 5th-ranked recruit in the country for 2018. Duke does appear to be in the lead for him, but the fact that ‘Nova is still in the chase certainly speaks some volumes. We’ll see if Jay Wright and his staff can make what would be an absolute power move in the near future. And hey, they did just beat Duke out for Cole Swider, too.


Xavier was pretty quiet this week all things considered, but they did host 2018 power forward Jermaine Harris on an unofficial visit per Julius Kim.

Harris is from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, the home of National Title game hero Kris Jenkins, and attends Capitol Christian Academy. The 6-foot-8, 200-pound Harris is a four-star recruit on 247Sports and lands in the Top 100 nationally, ranking 82nd in the country. He’s fifth among all Maryland recruits, a group headlined by five-star Immauel Quickley as well as Maryland Terrapins commit Jalen Smith, Noah Locke and Montez Mathis.

The 21st-ranked power forward in 2018 has offers from West Virginia, Maryland, Kansas, Miami and Rhode Island, among others.