|Posted by Brian Dickmann on August 12, 2015 at 11:50 AM|
Green Bay has a secured its first verbal commitment for the 2016 recruiting class.
Kameron Hankerson, a 6’4” guard from Novi, Michigan, announced his commitment to the Phoenix on Wednesday after taking an unofficial visit to the UWGB campus this past weekend. He was offered a scholarship by head coach Linc Darner during the visit.
He’s considered an athletic double threat player that can accelerate at will to the basket and has the ability to dribble, pass, and shoot. According to his Hudl profile he has a 39” vertical leap to go along with his 6’4”, 180 lb frame. He considers his ability to drive to the basket as the best aspect of his game right now.
Hankerson was named honorable mention all-conference after averaging 7.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game this past season as a Junior. He helped lead Novi to a 12-9 overall record, including 7-3 in the Kensington Central Conference. He is the captain of his high school team and plays point guard as well as out on the wing.
"Kam is one of the most coachable kids I've ever had to chance to coach,” Novi head coach Brandon Sinawi told PrepHoopsMichigan.com. “He's got a relentless work ethic and has put in a ton of work this off-season to fine tune his game."
Hankerson is also learning to play more of a perimeter game and has adjusted well. He says he has been working on shooting the ball with proficiency this offseason as well as shooting from the outside.
“I feel comfortable (shooting 3s),” he said in an interview with PTP, “but I just need to continue to work on it.”
Prep Hoops Michigan notes that he “has a nice stroke from deep, crazy 40 inch vertical bounce, and college ready size.”
He seems like an ideal fit for the up-tempo offense and full court defense that the Phoenix will be running under Darner that requires high-level athleticism. If he is able to develop an effective outside shot, he will be an even bigger asset for the Phoenix.
Flying under the radar, he burst onto the recruiting scene this summer going from a relatively unknown to ranked as a top 15 prospect in Michigan’s 2016 class. The scholarship offer from Green Bay was his first official offer, though he was receiving interest from UIC, IPFW, Central Michigan, and Northern Illinois, among others.
“They were only D1 school that had offered me,” Hankerson said. “I couldn’t leave my opportunity in someone else’s hands.”
The commitment from Hankerson still leaves Green Bay with at least one scholarship to offer for the 2016 class to replace outgoing seniors Carrington Love and Jordan Fouse.
"He has yet to reach his full potential and I'm excited to see what the future holds for him," said Sinawi. “He's gonna be a steal for whatever program is able to snatch him up."