Austin Peay Adds Forward

Senior Sam McCracken (OH) just verbally committed to Austin Peay.

According to Sam the Governors had been recruiting him since “right before Christmas.”

The 6-foot-7 senior forward is averaging 8.0 ppg and 5.2 rpg with 0.7 bpg in a very physical Greater Catholic Conference.

For the 19-3 Archbishop Moeller squad, McCracken has started 20 games.  His best performance came against rival Elder High School two weeks ago.  Despite a close loss, McCracken recorded 22 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.  He shoots an impressive 57.0% from the field and can be counted on to covert free throws when fouled.

More complete statistics can be located here.

McCracken boasts a 3.2 G.P.A. at a school routinely distinguished as one of the best in the state of Ohio.

Incidentally, Moeller has a 2018 G that will play D1 basketball also, Raymon “Sleepy” Payton.  Payton’s father obviously watched McCracken play all season.  Here are some thoughts on McCracken’s style of play from Raymon Payton Sr.

“He is about 6’8″,” said Payton.  “Slim build.  Very athletic.  He has a nice shot.  He can go inside a little bit, but is more of a face-up player.  He is very athletic.  He scores most of his points 12′-15′.  Three’s are not his strongest point.  He is best at getting up and down, scoring facing the basket.”

At the time of his verbal commitment, McCracken was hearing from Kennesaw State, Davidson, and Appalachian State.  He joins Jartavious Dobbs in Coach Dave Loos’ 2016 recruiting class.

“Jartavius is a guy with the length we have been looking for,” APSU coach Dave Loos said. “At 6-9 and 6-10—I have seen him listed as both—he is a guy who goes and gets the basketball right now, both as a rebounder and shot blocker. He has great time as a shot blocker.

“Obviously he has great length. We believe he will develop his low-post game, although that may sound ridiculous after he got 25 (points) last night. We are excited about his signing. You search long and hard for guys his size.”

Unlike Dobbs, who has signed, the Austin Peay coaching staff cannot comment on the pending recruitment of McCracken until he signs.  For McCracken though, the process is over.  He tweeted, “Proud to announce that I have received an offer and have committed to play basketball at Austin Peay ” early Wednesday morning.

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