Middie standout down to final four

Vincent Edwards has a long list of schools recruiting him, but one of his top four choices stands out. It’s the one that played in the national championship game this spring. And because of that, Edwards says, most people assume he’ll pick Michigan.

“Definitely, they do,” said Edwards, a 6-foot-7 Middletown High forward who averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds and five assists per game. “Of course when you have something like that on your resume, that’s good, but it’s really about the type of basketball they play, and I still haven’t decided either way.”

Purdue, Dayton and Texas Tech round out Edwards’ top four, while Miami (Fla.) has been showing interest of late. Edwards plans to decide this summer, which could mean waiting until he takes more campus visits or waking up one morning with a gut feeling.

“You never know,” he said.

Dayton, meantime, was the first school to offer Edwards a scholarship back when he was a sophomore.

“I always wanted to get out of Ohio when I was younger, but now I wouldn’t have a problem going to Dayton,” he said.

  • Ohio State has secured an ace salesman in the recruitment of Ohio’s best girls basketball player — her father.

On Friday, Buckeyes women’s coach Kevin McGuff announced he’d hired Taft boys coach Mark Mitchell as an assistant. Mitchell’s daughter Kelsey Mitchell, a 5-foot-9 guard at Princeton High, is rated by ESPN.com as the No. 4 rising senior in the nation and regarded by some analysts as the top guard in the country. The younger Mitchell averaged 23.3 points per game last season.

Her father’s hiring at OSU, of course, doesn’t guarantee Mitchell will become a Buckeye. But it won’t hurt their chances, and could conceivably help Ohio State’s chances with her AAU teammates, Fairmont blue-chippers Makalya Waterman and Kathryn Westbeld.

  • Damarion Geter is two weeks away a major change in environment.

On June 17, the recent Dunbar graduate leaves for Farmville, Va., where he’ll begin his career at Longwood College. Population: 8,216.

“It’s really quiet down there. You can’t get into too much trouble. I prefer it because I’m kind of a laid back guy,” said Geter, a 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 11.3 points and 8.3 rebounds last season.

Geter was all set to stay near home and sign with Youngstown State before former then-Cleveland State assistant Jayson Gee took the Longwood job in early April. Geter had a longstanding relationship with Gee, a former Springfield South star who recruited Miami Heat guard Norris Cole from Dunbar to Cleveland State.

“He has the pride that is a result of winning multiple state championships,” Gee said. “Damarion will do great things for us.”

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