After graduating 9 seniors from last year’s tournament team, the Golden Hurricane recruited hard to get talent to replace the likes of Shaq Harrison, James Woodard, and Rashad Smith. It will help returning Pat Birt, and Sterling Taplin, but there will be many new faces on the floor for TU next year. I’m very excited to see some of these players in action, here is the 2016 recruiting class.
Travis Atson – SF
Travis is ranked as a 3 star prospect according to ESPN, and 247 sports. Atson is ranked as one of the 60 best players at his position in the nation. A product from Massachusetts, Travis held offers from many of the Northeast schools, along with fellow AAC team Memphis. The 6’5” forward is the highest rated freshman recruit for the 2016 class, and a look at his highlight video shows why. Travis is a strong player, and also has a good outside jumper. It will be interested to see if he can play to forward position at only 6’5. I expect the transition to college will be difficult at first, but if he can defend and shoot the ball well then he may make an impact his freshman year. Make sure to check out his dunk at 1:00 below.
Corey Henderson Jr. – PG
Corey was a 3-star recruit out of high school and signed his letter of intent with Wichita State in 2014. He transferred after his first year to Blinn Community College. He went to the same high school as former Mizzou guard Phil Pressey, which may have helped Tulsa land Henderson with Haith being Pressy’s former coach. Check out Corey’s ballislife highlight tape below. He is a very athletic kid with a flashy style of play, I wouldn’t be surprised if he finds himself in the starting lineup next season.
Martins Igbanu – C
Martins is rated as a 3 star prospect by ESPN, and 247 sports. Martins hails from Marietta Georgia, and he held offers from 8 schools including USF and Cincinnati. I would expect Martins to be Rashad Smith’s replacement as an athletic big man who can run the floor, I expect him to play immediately. Check out this dunk from him that showcases his athleticism.
Lawson Korita – SG
Lawson was rated as a 2-star prospect by 247 Sports. Lawson was not highly recruited, but he is exactly what TU needs, a dead-eye 3-point shooter. With a 6’3” frame he shouldn’t have too much trouble getting his shot off in college, and having EYBL experience with Arkansas Wings Elite will help him too. I would expect Lawson to redshirt next season to give him time to learn how to score and defend on the collegiate level, but I’m excited to have a true 3-point shooter on the Golden Hurricane.
Eugene Artison – PF
Eugene is an exciting player because of his size, athleticism, and versatility. Originally a 3 star recruit, Artison signed with Fresno St out of high school, but transferred to Southern Idaho and now will be playing basketball with the Golden Hurricane. Listed at 6’10”, Artison will add some length to Tulsa’s frontcourt. Along with Igbanu, I see “Geno” as an athletic big who will play right away. With his length, he will immediately make an impact on the defensive end.
— Best Kept Secret (@LankBoyGeno) April 28, 2016
Joseph Battle – SG
Joseph is an incoming freshman who was not highly recruited out of Abbeville South Carolina, even though he averaged 31 PPG his senior year as a do-it-all guard. Joseph also was his school’s high school quarterback, which shows both his athleticism and leadership ability. It will be interesting to see how Joseph transitions to the college game, but he has the skillset to make it if he works hard.
Curran Scott – SG
Curran Scott is originally from Edmond, Oklahoma, and is transferring from Charlotte University. Curran shot over 40% from the field and the 3-point line last season for the 49ers, and proved he could really fill it up when he scored 30 points against UAB in a January game. I’ve watched Curran play in person, and he is a very entertaining player to watch and he can really score the ball. Scott will have to sit out next season, but will be a player to watch when he is eligible in the 2017-2018 season.
Jaleel Wheeler – SG
Wheeler is another Junior College transfer who will be eligible immediately. He is a player much like Battle who can really score the ball. Coach Haith will have his hands full with young guards next season, it will be fun to see how the playing time sorts out.
Will Magnay – C
Will is a product of the Australian Institute of sport. Will was not highly rated or recruited, and is probably a project for Coach Haith and his coaching staff. He does have a solid build, standing at 6’10” and 235 pounds. With that size, I expect Will to be a good defensive player.