Tigers in First for Detroit SG
Recruiting often comes down to relationships, and a coach/player relationship serves as the backbone.
Class of 2017 wing Jawan Snoddy (Pontiac, Michigan) is in the early stages of his college recruitment, despite being a second-semester junior. Snoddy proclaims Tennessee State Assistant Coach Rodney Hamilton has been reaching out through text this winter.
“He just tells me when the games are and tells me to watch them,” said Snoddy. “He asks how I am doing and how the season is going and stuff like that.”
Frankly, Snoddy is still learning about Tennessee State as a school and a basketball program.
When asked directly to describe the Tigers and what they are about he simply didn’t know. This is not a unique response. Many high school basketball prospects routinely watch NBA and could fill notebooks with their thoughts on rival players and teams. They just don’t watch or read about college basketball.
Snoddy will play basketball beyond his Allen Academy days. He aspires to continue his career in college, but has truthfully only entered the front door of mansion that is recruiting. Phone calls, visits, evaluations are all in his future.
Jamal Snoddy did camp with Kent State. The Golden Flashes signed Snoddy’s older teammate, Danny Pippen already. Pippen is a power forward from Allen Academy headed to KSU for freshman classes later this year.
KSU has one incredible 2017 verbal commitment too.
B.J. Duling (OH) has pledged that he will sign next fall with KSU, but his stock is certain to climb with All-Ohio Red 17u. Despite Duling’s verbal commitment, a signing to KSU would be shocking.
As part of the R.E.A.C.H. Legends AAU program, Snoddy intends to elevate his recruiting profile this summer. Standing 6-foot-4, the 178-pound wing is known for his shooting.
To continue on the wing, the starter needs to enhance his lateral mobility. Defensively, Snoddy’s strides are too big to deter college-level guards from slashing. He is athletic though, and the natural physical maturation should develop.
“I will be returning three starters, who all will be playing at the next level: 2017 Jawan Snoddy, 2017 DreQuan Bell, 2019 Mark “Rocket” Watts,” touted Allen Academy Head Coach Craig Covington Jr.
The first D1 program to establish recruiting contact with Snoddy was Tennessee State University.