BURN THE HORSEIt appeared to be a slow start to the fall recruiting period, but that changed on Saturday with two commitments for the UALR Trojans.
Houston Strake Jesuit guard John Gillon and Shreveport Airline (La.) guard Josh Hagins both visited UALR this weekend and both have committed to sign with the Trojans in November. They join Austin (Texas) Bowie guard Mareik Isom, who visited and committed last week.
Word started to spread through both of their twitter accounts. First came this from Gillon (Johnny_2X):
“I just committed to UALR!!!!!! I’m a Trojan now!”
That was followed shortly by Hagins (joshhagins5):
“I will play my college basketball at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock!”
And a follow-up from Gillon:
“Me and my boy @JoshHagins5 committed tonight”
What we know about Gillon is that he can really score when he needs to. He had a 50-point game over the summer playing for Houston Select and scored 60 points in a fall tournament about two weeks ago. He’s only 5-10 (listed sometimes at 5-8), but he plays high school basketball with Rasheed Sulaimon, who has committed to sign with Duke and is ranked among the nation’s top five recruits. Gillon is ultra-quick and shoots a good percentage from three-point range, averaging 16.8 points last season.
Hagins, 6-2, was ranked a 2-star by Rivals had at least one offer from Louisiana Tech and was receiving interest from Louisiana-Lafayette, Southwestern Louisiana and Tulane. He’s also got a 3.1 grade-point average (always a plus).
Hagins averaged about 15 points per game last year and is considered an above-average passer.