Photo: North Star Hoops Report Center Robert Jones highlights the 2019 Denver hoops class.
We have to wait – but Billups and company have continued to receive verbal commitments from prospects before their senior year of high school basketball begins. The actual signing period for verbal commits falls later in the year – November.
Three new prospects have verbally committed to Denver and a fourth is recuperating this season and should be ready to go for the 2019 campaign.
Here are the latest commitments.
Mykell Robinson is a 6’6″ two-way wing/SF player who has put on 4 inches of growth in high school and weighs in at 190 pounds. He is a two star player who is credited with athleticism and ball handling skills but according to one scouting report needs to work on more consistent shooting and building his upper body strength. Expect his senior year to be a big one to more fully develop Robinson for his transition to the Pioneers.
Owen McGlashan is another 6’6″ perimeter player/PF from Marlton, NJ. He plays both football and basketball for Don Bosco Prep. Don Bosco is a traditional football power on the East Coast but they have won the last two Public A League basketball titles and lost in the New Jersey Boys Basketball Tournament of Champions final last season. Expect McGlashan to add size, athleticism and toughness that will fit nicely in Coach Rodney Billups system. And, we will look to New Jersey superfan Dunker to follow McGlashan closely during his last prep season.
Denver continues to scour Minnesota for prospects and the Pioneers landed another big man in 6’9″ 220 pound center from Prior Lake in Robert Jones. He played AAU hoops for D1 Minnesota. Denver has been getting bigger and more athletic under the Billups regime – and the trend continues with the signing of Jones. 24/7 Sports has Jones as a 3-star player. The rapidly improving Jones was recruited by Northern Iowa, UW-Milwaukee, Canisius, Wisconsin, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Bradley and Miami of Ohio. That would make Jones the most sought-after prospect of the new 2019 recruit class for the Pioneers.
Power forward Javonni Bickham also committed to DU last season but had knee surgeries and is taking this season to recover. He, too, pending a full recovery, should bring his 6’8″ size and skill from Minnesota to Denver. We wish him a speedy recovery and looking forward to seeing him in Crimson and Gold next season.
We will be releasing our 2018-2019 season preview soon. There are two graduate transfers and four freshmen that should help make this upcoming season a special one for Denver fans.