- VCU lands ESPN top-100 2017 forward, Mayan Kiir
- VCU lands 2017 4-star forward Sean Mobley
- Marcus Santos-Silva commits to VCU
- VCU makes Santos-Silva’s final 2, Kiir sets visit
- News: VCU receives commitment from top 100 recruit, Lavar Batts
Visiting 2017 (Original visit postponed due to inclement weather) <Join the Discussion!>
Kevin Easley, Jr – Lawrence North High (Indianapolis, In)
F, 6’6, 210
Visited September 9th, 2016 <Join the Discussion!>
Lavar Batts, Jr – Robinson High School (Concord, NC)
PG, 6’2, 165
Committed to VCU on September 10th, 2016
An ESPN Top 100 prospect. Lavar Batts Jr is an athletic, extremely fast playmaking PG out of NC, a state where he is rated the number one prospect. Played AAU ball for team CP3 on the Nike EYBL circuit over the summer, where head coach Will Wade was in constant attendance.
The word that constantly pops up when Batts’ is mentioned: competitiveness. Recruiting experts around the country marveled at Batts’ unbridled drive to win all summer long, and see it as his strongest asset (which is saying alot, because of how physically gifted he is.)
VCU was his first and only official visit.
Visited September 16th, 2016 <Join the Discussion!>
Marcus Santos-Silva – Vermont Academy (Saxtons River, VT)
PF, 6’8, 250
Committed to VCU September 21st, 2016
Marcus Santos-Silva just recently earned a 3* rating on ESPN. Prior to an outstanding summer, MSS was unrated. Marcus’ time at Vermont Academy has really helped him, as over the year he has trimmed a ton of weight and has very much improved his motor and his overall game. His hard work showed this summer, where his stock rose steadily. High major offers poured in after his play at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam Tournament, where he averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds per game for team BABC. Notably, against VCU target Jose Alvarado’s NY Rens, Marcus scored 22 points and grabbed 20 rebounds.
At 6’8, Marcus put up gaudy rebounding numbers all summer. Rebounding is a stat that coach Wade really seems to put a lot of stock into, and there weren’t many better at crashing the boards than Santos-Silva. If he continues to trim down and skill up, Marcus will be a huge steal for whichever program lands him.
VCU was Marcus’ second official visit.
Visited September 23rd, 2016 <Join The Discussion!>
Sean Mobley – Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL)
PF, 6’9, 225
Committed to VCU September 25th, 2016
ESPN 4* PF Sean Mobley has been described as a “mismatch” forward. He has been scouted to be a great passer, a premium talent at 6’9, 225. Playing at nationally known basketball powerhouse Montverde, Mobley has made a name for himself as a High-major prospect. He played for the CP25 Southeastern Elite on the Adidas Uprising, where he shot 40% from deep.
Will Wade and staff offered him after his play at the Summer Havoc event in early July. He also has multiple offers from the Big 10, Big 12, and ACC, as well as powerhouse programs from outside the P5.
VCU was his first and only official visit.
Visited October 22nd, 2016 <Join the Discussion!>
Mayan Kiir – Victory Rock Prep (Bradenton, FL)
PF/C 6’9 215
Considering: VCU, Illinois, NC State, Louisville, LSU
Committed to VCU November 14th, 2016
Mayan Kiir is an ESPN 4*, Top 100 prospect out of Victory Rock Prep (same school as former Ram Jonathan Nwankwo.) He is a highly recruited target, with a laundry list of high major offers. He has been a focal point of the Ram’s recruiting efforts since April of 2016.
Mayan is a very long and extremely athletic PF/C who is able to get out and run with the best of them, including much smaller guys. At 6’9, 215, he does a lot of his damage in transition, where he is an above the rim player. He can play the PF or the C and is noted to be aggressive and hard playing.
His fit at VCU? Just about perfect. A long, athletic big that can rebound and proceed to take it coast to coast in transition would be an amazing chess piece in coach Will Wade’s arsenal and mesh perfectly with guys like Lavar Batts and De’Riante Jenkins.
Mayan has mentioned his biggest desire in the school he chooses is early playing time. He won’t find a much better situation than VCU for that. VCU is guaranteed to lose starting big man Mo Alie-Cox to graduation this year, as well as possibly our other big man, Ahmed Hamdy (and if we don’t lose Hamdy this year, definitely next year). Year after that, our starting PF Justin Tillman graduates. It’s possible, if we lose both Hamdy and Mo, that Mayan could be our starting center in his freshman year. At the very worst, he’d backup Hamdy for a year before assuming the starting role.
Mayan visits VCU on October 22nd for the Black & Gold scrimmage.
Note: to get an idea of why we say Mayan would be such a great fit, check out the video below from 0:10 to 0:16. Havoc in his veins!
2017 Offer List:
Players that VCU has offered, that still have VCU in consideration. Attached ranking is their HIGHEST ranking.
- Lavar Batts, Jr – 4* (Committed to VCU September 10th)
- Jervay Green – 2*
- Michael Okauru – 3*
- Tyler Foster – 3*
- Shamiel Stephenson – 3* (has VCU in final four)
- Marcus Santos-Silva – 3* (Committed to VCU September 21st)
- Sean Mobley – 4* (Committed to VCU September 25th)
- Mayan Kiir – 4* (Committed to VCU Nov.14th)