Although the early signing period doesn’t start until Nov. 14th, it is rumored that the Bucs have landed a commitment from Maurice O’Field, a high-flying wing from Cleveland. O’Field has parlayed his ultra-athletic game into scholarship offers from Big East member Cincinnati, Big XII Member West Virginia, and offers from several mid-major programs. ESPN Insider said this of O’Field:
“O’Field is a long and very athletic wing that runs the floor extremely well and finishes above the rim with ease. In the half court he displayed a nice mid range game that includes a nice one or two rythum dribble pull up and a floater with nice touch…” http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/player/evaluation/_/id/104919/maurice-ofield
Tripledoubleprospects.com also noted O’Field’s athleticism:
Evaluation: Supernatural leaper with power and speed “Mo” plays with a real swagger on the court. Strong driver, who is becoming a solid ballhandler, he is simply too physical and fast for players to check him going to the rim and he can explode right over the help at the rim to finish. Developing shooter who is also improving his basketball IQ. Good rebounder and defender who should dominate these areas every game with his physical gifts.
Bottom Line: Freak athlete that will be a Division I recruit thanks to his great potential to be game-changing energy player down the line. http://tripledoubleprospects.com/2011/08/26/maurice-ofield/
ETSUhoops.com will track and report on O’Field’s commitment.
Update 8/13/13: Unfortunately O’Field wasn’t able to qualify academically at ETSU and is headed to Midland Junior College in Texas. Hopefully in two years we’ll be hearing Maurice O’Field’s name again.
Cleveland native Maurice O'Field (John Hay HS) is headed to Midland College (TX). Remember that name in 2 years.
— Brad Winton (@JucoRecruiting) August 13, 2013