I find the recruiting of kids like Dereon a bit of a puzzlement. He was really good his junior year of high school, I saw him play then against my old high school Oscar Smith. I wanted to see the freshman phenom at Smith Cameron Thomas (now at Oak Hill) and ended up really impressed with Seabron. Did no one actually see him play back then (thinking about coaches, talent scouts...)? He played every position on the court back then and played them all well, he burned us for 25 or 30, lead both teams in rebounding and played some really nice D too. Maybe people were scared off because he was 6'5" and maybe 165 soaking wet, but college weight rooms can change that in a hurry. I thought he was a D1 player as our coach says, without a doubt.Seabron, in my opinion, felt like he was holding out for bigger schools the entire time. He seemed to really love the idea that P5 schools were recruiting him. Pitt & NC State only just got involved and he put both in his top-5. I personally thought he was gonna pull the trigger on Providence, because he seemed to celebrate them a bit on social media (didn't really do the same for us), but ultimately sided with the highest-ranked (top-20) ACC school. If you're an 18-year old...do you maybe do the same thing?
Either way, compare that with Tre Clark. Clark basically had a similar experience, going largely unnoticed until just recently (so his recruitment heated up after Seabron's). Seabron opted to wait for offers to come pouring, then after he had a pile of ACC offers, pulled the trigger on the current top P5 school that offered him. Clark on the other hand was getting a very serious look from UVA, who visited him TWICE this week. But Clark didn't mess around and wait. He was offered by VCU two weeks ago, visited campus during our La Salle game...then committed. He could've done exactly what Seabron was doing and again, he had UVA kicking his tires, but instead, he pulled the trigger on VCU because he knew he liked it.
Dereon seems like a good kid, he's got a VERY high ceiling and I wish him luck. Ultimately however, we got a guy early that top teems were just starting to find out about, but he didn't hesitate to choose us. That's basically the type of dudes you want.