The first victim of Upper Arlington's magical run to a state final appearance this past March, Gahanna Lincoln may have been the state's most talented team, but saw its season cut short in the district finals. On Monday, two members of the Lions' 2013-14 team made major headlines, both on the recruiting scene and in the Big Ten. Let's take a look at the Monday's headlines.
Moyer picks up four high-major offers in one day
For most high school basketball players, receiving just one Division I scholarship offer can make a student-athlete's dreams come true. For Gahanna's Matthew Moyer, those dreams are becoming everyday reality. Picking up four high-major offers in less than six hours, Moyer wrapped up a successful week in Philadelphia by adding Arizona State, Kansas State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest to a long list of schools that have offered the 6-foot-8 rising junior power forward.
After participating in the Reebok Breakout early last week in Philadelphia, Moyer's VCC Ohio Warriors rolled to a tournament title at the Philly Invitational. Behind Moyer, and Columbus Northland small forward Seth Towns, who picked up an offer from Iowa on Sunday, the Warriors overcame a four-point halftime deficit to take down Team Philly, 43-41 in the title game.
I had a chance to speak to Moyer earlier Monday on the latest schools to offer the rising junior.
"It feels great, man," Moyer said. "People are now starting to take notice of my talents and the hard work I put in every day is paying off."
On a VCC team that is far from traditional according to AAU standards, Moyer felt that this past weekend's championship should help lift his team's respect level around the Midwest.
"I think we got knocked on those last state (AAU) rankings," Moyer said. "We beat King James and did not have a full roster against All-Ohio Red, and still played tough."
With 14 total scholarship offers after Monday's new additions, Moyer informed me that he has been working hard to receive offers from two specific schools that have yet to fully reach out to the forward.
"Miami (FL) and Michigan," Moyer said of the two schools that he would like to be offered from. While Moyer's AAU teammate and best friend Towns received an offer from the Wolverines earlier in the summer, Moyer noted that he would like to play in a "high tempo" system that plays specifically to his strengths.
Bess receives high praise from Michigan State teammates as the "real deal"
The lead catalyst of a Gahanna team that went 18-5 this past season, Michigan State freshman Javon Bess has made an early impact in East Lansing. In a feature article from Brian Calloway of the Detroit Free Press released early Monday, Bess has been labeled as the "real deal" by fellow Spartan teammates, who feel the 6-foot-5 combo-guard has a chance to crack the starting lineup as a freshman.
Receiving a comparison to Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green from MSU junior Matt Costello, Bess received good reviews from Green himself.
"He knows that if he has a small on him, he'll take them to the post," Green said. "He knows how to use his body so well (in matchups) and that's really impressive for a freshman understanding the game like that. Most freshmen, most college players, don't understand that stuff. Him understanding that as a freshman is two steps ahead."
After averaging 22 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as a senior, Bess wrapped up his high school career by being named Ohio Division I co-player of the year. Choosing the Spartans over Kansas State and Dayton, Bess improved his overall play-making ability in his final season with Gahanna, leading into what looks to be a successful collegiate career early on.
"Every day I feel like I need to get better," Bess said. "I'm not where I'm supposed to be at. I just need to keep getting better and getting better and usually the work you put in is what you're going to get out."
You can check out the rest of Calloway's article here.