Player Evaluation: SeMo commit Tahj Eaddy
The Red Hawks nabbed Tahj Eaddy before February turned to March.
What will Southeast Missouri Head Coach Rick Ray get with a freshman Eaddy next fall?
“Tahj is a prolific shooter,” said Tennessee Prep Academy Head Coach Harold Rayford. “Real sound. High basketball I.Q.”
Eaddy is a seasoned floor general, dating back to his high school days in West Haven, Connecticut. As a freshman guard Eaddy pumped in 32 made three-pointers.
For all its strengths, the Ohio Valley Conference does not have a big northeastern footprint. Players from the eastern seaboard regularly pick colleges more locally instead of entertaining the OVC region. Honestly, most OVC coaches don’t even evaluate those guys.
Eaddy will join Nick Mayo (EKU) as representatives from the northeastern corner of the nation in the OVC.
His signature moves are a large Euro-step in the paint or a quick left-to-right crossover, which he uses to set up his deadly jumper. Facing OVC guards Eaddy will be able to get his shot up over all point guards. If a bigger, spidery defender like Tahj McCall takes on the assignment, Eaddy’s penetrating will be imperative. Facing decent competition with Tennessee Prep Academy, Eaddy routinely broke down entire defenses. He is quick and creative with the dribble.
Like many of the modern point guards, Eaddy will be capable of scoring or distributing.
The Southeast Missouri basketball staff, and particularly SeMo Assistant Coach Benji Taylor made the push to land Eaddy.
“He picked up them over others,” said Coach Rayford. “They came in strong and he really liked how aggressive they were compared to other schools.”
Coach Taylor did not meander with his loyalty. The interest was heavy and consistent. Eaddy will have four years of eligibility starting 2016-2017.
The Class of 2016 for Southeast Missouri also includes Ray Kowalski (NC) and Floridian Denzel Mahoney. At least two more players are likely to join the significant influx of recruits.