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Findlay Prep Boasts Typically Elite Roster

Findlay, Top Prep Team.

A recent article on Findlay Prep by Newsweek reported that every player that has suited up for the team has earned a Division I basketball scholarship.  While that article and other writers point out questions as to whether Findlay Prep should rightly be considered a high school team, the point stands that Findlay Prep is impossible to ignore when looking at college basketball recruiting.  The team is consistently ranked among the top five prep teams in the nation, and this year is no different.  

 

One measure of the team’s significance is their head coach, former NBA player Jerome Williams.  Williams, a former first round pick  out of Georgetown, played in the NBA from 1996-2005, for four different teams.  He had previously served as Director of Player Development with Todd Simon spent the 2012-13 season as head coach.  Simon moved on to sign with UNLV as an assistant after that one season, showing the influence the position holds.  

 

This year’s team is headlined by Rashad Vaughn, a 6’5 guard.  Vaughn is a top ten recruit according to rivals.com and is one of the few top recruits from the 2014 class who still has yet to commit to a college.  Vaughn played the last three years in Minnesota, but like many of Findlay Prep’s students, he transferred to get some experience against elite competition, playing alongside top high schoolers.  Speculation has centered around Vaughn following in Simon’s footsteps to UNLV, but the basketball world is still waiting for an announcement. 

 

Forward Craig Victor is another potential star coming out of Findlay, ranked as a top 30 recruit by ESPN.  He has already committed to Arizona, joining Sean Miller’s burgeoning program there.  Victor left his high school in St. Augustine, Florida to play at Findlay this season, an even bigger move than the one Vaughn made.  

 

Forward Kelly Oubre is another top recruit that left his earlier high school to play at Findlay Prep.  Oubre committed to Kansas last month, and Bill Self mentioned the affect that Findlay had on the recruitment, saying how Jerome Williams helped Oubre’s development.  Oubre will be playing with another top recruit at Kansas with Cliff Alexander also committing there last month.  

 

Findlay Prep players have had a tremendous affect on the basketball world.  Anthony Bennett, this year’s #1 overall pick in the NBA Draft was a former Findlay Prep player.  The school doesn’t look to be losing influence anytime soon, considering they had three top recruits transfer in as seniors despite an uncertain coaching situation.  While there are questions about the fairness of it all, the talent that Findlay fields is undeniable, and demands the notice of basketball fans across the country.