Across the Hoop Scene: Recruiting round-up - Ahmad visits OSU, Moyer picks up 2 offers

Shaker Heights junior forward Esa Ahmad has been one of Ohio's top players in this last calendar year

In the second installment of Around the Hoop Scene, we round up all the important recruiting activity around Ohio.

Less than a week after competing in Sacramento, Calif., in the opening week of EYBL action in front of scores of college coaches, Shaker Heights forward Esa Ahmad is taking an unofficial visit to Ohio State on Thursday.

The visit comes exactly three weeks after Ohio State coach Thad Matta checked in on Ahmad at Shaker Heights on April 10. Playing in front of Matta last weekend, Ahmad impressed, averaging 13.3 points and 9.7 rebounds, while playing a variety of positions and handling guard duties for his AAU club, All-Ohio Red.

Earlier this week, Ahmad picked up offers from Penn State and Texas Tech, adding to an already impressive list that includes Indiana, Iowa State, Maryland, UNLV and West Virginia. Ahmad will be in action this weekend in Fort Wayne, Ind., for the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam Classic.

Moyer picks up 2 offers on Wednesday

After an impressive past weekend at the Pitt Jam Fest, Gahanna Lincoln sophomore forward Matthew Moyer picked up two offers on Wednesday, the first coming from coach Andy Enfield and USC, and the latter being extended by Air Force.

Just a day after adding an offer from UNLV, Moyer receives his first Pac 12 offer in USC. Playing for a talented VCC Ohio Warriors squad, the 6'8 Moyer has enjoyed greater offensive freedom and has flourished in a controlled, but up-and-down pace that the Warriors excel with.

After an up-and-down sophomore season at Gahanna, Moyer looks to have found his stride and the offers should continue to pour in for the 6'8 wing, whom coaches feel has a load of potential. Off the court, Moyer is a tremendous student with high character, another intriguing element to the sophomore's acumen that keeps coaches coming back for more.

Bramlage, Teague, Williams offered

On the All-Ohio Red side of things, junior Noah Bramlage (6'8 PF / Ottawa-Glandorf) received an offer from Princeton on Wednesday. Showing a great deal of improvement since last summer, Bramlage has expanded his versatility on the offensive end, and is able to score from areas where he may have struggled just a year ago. With the Princeton offer, Bramlage now features a list that includes Lehigh, Miami (OH), Oakland, Toledo, Wright State and Yale. A teammate of Ahmad, the two versatile forwards have created mismatches for opposing defenses thus far in the AAU season, as both forwards are able to score and contribute in a variety of ways.

Bramlage's teammate on the AAU circuit, Walnut Hills junior guard MaCio Teague was offered by Yale on Wednesday. After an impressive debut season at Walnut Hills this past year, Teague has been off to a hot start on the AAU circuit and should continue to see a rise in interest as the junior has elevated his level of play. An excellent shooter, Teague has increased his ability to score off-the-dribble, offensive elements that will pay dividends at the college level.

The star of an impressive All-Ohio Black squad, Huber Heights Wayne junior forward Xeyrius Williams was offered by Buffalo on Wednesday night. After helping lead Black to a 17u title at the King James Shooting Stars Classic, Williams' length and versatility is what drew a flock of coaches to each game that the 6'8 junior played in this past weekend. With the offer from Buffalo, Williams' list now includes Kent State, Kennesaw State, Lehigh, Ohio, Robert Morris, Toledo and Wright State. Williams' All-Ohio Black squad will also be competing in Fort Wayne, Ind., this weekend for the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam Classic.

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