The Cincinnati Bearcats have all three of their verbal commits signed on the dotted line for next year. Even though coach Mick Cronin only loses two players to graduation this coming spring, the Bearcats have that extra scholarship in their back pocket from Jermaine Lawrence's transfer.
A mix of athleticism, speed, and talent await Cincinnati's coaching staff next year. Recruiting seems to be getting easier and easier for Cronin and crew with every winning season - but maybe that's just the perspective from my couch.
- Justin Jenifer - A quick, shifty point guard from Baltimore, Maryland who knows how to distribute the ball. Some will knock him for his size (5'10"), but that only motivates him. This kid averaged over 17 points a game his junior year, and helped his team win a state championship. Jenifer landed on 247Sports' Top 100 list and Rivals' Top 150. "Justin's passing and ball-handling skills are exceptional. He is a proven winner in high school," said Cronin. Plus he has a sweet first name.
- Tre Scott - A versatile wing/forward from Darien, Georgia. A consensus 3-star prospect, Scott stands 6'7" and weighs just over 200 pounds. Scott averaged over 22 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, and almost 4 blocks a game in high school. "Tre can play and defend multiple positions. He has the length to block shots and the footwork to defend guards. He can knock down the open shot and pass the ball," said Cronin.
- Jacob Evans - Another wing/forward who, at this rate, takes the cake as the guy I'm personally most excited about. The 6'6" 210 pound Baton Rouge, Louisiana native is a consensus 4-star prospect. 17.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.5 steals are what Evans posted his junior year. "His future is bright and we are fortunate he is coming to UC. He is a big-time recruit for us in many ways," Cronin said.
So what are your thoughts going into next year? Impressed with what Cronin and staff have done on the recruiting trail?