JaShaun Smith would bring athleticism and a winning attitude to the Lancers 2016 class.Two big bits of recruiting news this weekend from the Class of 2015 and the Class of 2016.

Two Coming from California?

First it seems like 2015 point guard Jelani Mitchell is expected to join the fray and may be a JUCO package deal with Blake Hamilton, who we mentioned last week. Mitchell may join Hamilton on his visit to Farmville and has played his past two seasons at Riverside City College in California. Mitchell appeared in 26 games this year averaging 7.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists.

Mitchell, who stands 6’5, came out of Muir High School in Pasadena. He originally received interest from Colorado, UCLA, USC, Texas, Washington and others before a serious knee injury ended his senior year. He currently holds offers from Cal State Northridge, Rice, and Colorado. He was also graded as a 3 star recruit out of high school.

Lancers Offer 2016 Forward

Longwood continues to recruit the Garner Road AAU program heavily and was the first to offer 2016 6’6 forward JaShaun Smith from Garner, North Carolina. Smith was a key member of the state champion Garner Magnet High School this year who went 28-1.

The Hoops Column gave Smith the following scouting report:

Strengths: Jashaun continues to turn heads with his elite athleticism and ability to finish well above the rim. He also is a threat to fill the lanes nicely and make mid-range jumpers out on the break. He is a good rebounder that is relentless in his pursuit for second chance opportunities. He also can defend both wing positions with no problem and does a nice job staying in front of lead guards on switches. Smith received his first division one offer from Longwood on May 2. Look for him to receive many more.

Areas of Improvement: Smith is between the 3 and 4 positions. He has all the tools to become a big time 3 at the next level. If he can continue to increase his perimeter game, he will make a huge progressions in his game.

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Softball (29-23, 19-4): The Big South regular season champs now head into the postseason on a nine game winning streak after sweeping rival Radford this weekend on the road by a combined score of 36-14. The Lancers will rest until Thursday when they play the winner of the Radford versus Gardner-Webb game in the first round of the Big South Tournament. Megan Baltzell had a home run on Sunday which marked 24 for the season and 73 for her career, which puts her tied for tenth for the most home runs in NCAA Division I history.

Last Week: W 15-4, W 11-5, W 10-5 at Radford
This Week: May 7-10 Big South Tournament

Baseball (19-26, 7-11): It was a rough week for the Lancers being swept by the North Carolina State Wolfpack but a week that wasn’t harmful to Longwood in the grand scheme of things. The Lancers have a huge series this weekend at Gardner-Webb that could solidify their spot in the Big South Tournament. Currently the Lancers stand in the eighth and final playoff spot with eight wins but Gardner-Webb is right behind them with 7 wins.

Last Week: L 3-2, L 6-1, L 6-3 at NC State
This Week: 5/5 at Richmond, 5/8-10 at Gardner-Webb

Lacrosse (6-12, 4-3): The Lancers season ended with a 14-9 loss at High Point in the Big South quarterfinals. It was the third straight winning season in-conference for head coach Elaine Jones.

Blake Hamilton, another JUCO high flyer, is expected to visit campus soon.Via our message board and other sources Longwood is extremely interested in Pasadena, California product Blake Hamilton. Hamilton just finished his sophomore year at Mt. San Antonio Community College in California averaging 13.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game at the JUCO level while shooting 61.5% from the field.

Hamilton, a 6’6 wing, graduated from Pasadena High School where he was a Pasadena Star News All-Area selection as a senior after averaging 18.8 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 4 blocks per game. He originally attended Northern Arizona out of high school where he appeared in 18 games averaging 3.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game his freshman year for the Lumberjacks. Hamilton then decided to leave Flagstaff for the JUCO level.

Hamilton has a strong pedigree as his father played for UTEP and is cousins with Los Angeles Clippers forward Jordan Hamilton. Out of high school he had offers from Hawaii, Cal State Northridge, and Sacramento State. Right now he also holds an offer from the University of Buffalo.

Hamilton is known as a high flyer at the JUCO level and has developed his shot since leaving NAU. He is expected to visit Longwood very soon.

Coach Gee certainly has connections in California signing Leron Fisher from Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria and Charlie Lockwood from Inglewood. Gee also signed Trey Harmon from Pasadena while he was at Cleveland State.

Georgia prospect Rodney Chatman is now on Longwood’s radar.It’s been another busy couple of weeks on the AAU circuit, here are the latest rumblings with Longwood recruiting:

Class of 2015

Still no word on where the Lancers will go with the one remaining scholarship. Prime target Andrien White has picked up an offer from Big South rival Winthrop since our last recruiting update.

Jamel McAlister also decided to stay close to home and attend Division II Winston-Salem State instead of Longwood.

Class of 2016

The biggest news for the Class of 2016 is coming from one of the biggest prospects in 6’11 Onyx Boyd. The Virginia Beach product was being pursued heavily by Longwood and High Point but has verbally committed to Coastal Carolina fairly early. Boyd will help fill in the expiring frontcourt of Badou Diagne, Marcus Freeman, and Tristian Curtis for the Chants.

Since our last recruiting update a few weeks ago the Lancers have expressed interest in the following prospects:

Rob Whitfield, 6’2, G, Wake Christian (NC)
Damontez Oliver, 6’5, G/F, Deep Run
Vilontae Eanes, 6’2, G, Genesis Academy
Rodney Chatman, 6’2, G, Lithonia (GA)
Justin Gorham, 6’7, F, Calvert Hall (MD)

Oliver is a local product with offers from Coppin State and Central Connecticut State thus far and plays for River City Reign, an AAU program recruited heavily by coach Carter on the Lancers staff.

Chatman hails from the same hometown of Lotanna Nwogbo and already has offers from Arkansas State and Samford and has interest from plenty of other schools ranging as high as the ACC. Gorham, another Baltimore prospect, has offers from Siena, Rider, Towson, JMU, Elon, Drexel, and Fairfield. He’d certainly be a get for the Lancer.
Class of 2018
Longwood has been watching Mountain Brook, Alabama prospect Hutton Reed. The guard is the third known prospect from the Class of 2018 that the Lancers have expressed interest in.
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Softball (26-23, 17-4): We bump softball to the top this week after they grabbed their first ever Big South regular season championship by sweeping defending Big South champs Charleston Southern by a combined margin of 30-3 over the weekend. The Lancers also beat Elon 6-3 on the road earlier in the week and a big time RPI boosting series against JMU was preemptively cancelled mid-week. Longwood will close out the regular season with a series at Radford this weekend.

Last Week: W 6-3 at Elon, W 8-0, W 9-3, W 13-0 vs Charleston Southern
This Week: 5/2-3 at Radford

Baseball (19-23, 7-11): It was a weekend on the brink for Longwood baseball as they headed down to Asheville for a pivotal series with the last place Bulldogs. Aaron Myers and the Lancers lost 11-6 in game one despite 13 strikeouts from the Longwood ace. The Lancers looked to be in trouble in the second game down 9-7 going into the seventh but rallied behind a big base knock in eighth from Kyri Washington. Ryan Mau’s squad also had to come back from a 9-7 deficit in game three going into the eighth inning. CJ Roth had the game-winning hit in the last affair that put Longwood in sole possession of the final Big South Tournament spot by two games over Gardner-Webb. Longwood can take a rest from Big South play until May 8 when they match up with GWU and in the mean time will take on North Carolina State in Raleigh this weekend.

Last Week: L 14-6 at #20 Virginia, L 11-6, W 13-11, W 11-9 at UNC Asheville
This Week: 5/1-3 at NC State

Lacrosse (6-11, 4-3): Longwood Lax ended the regular season with a bang with a 13-11 win over rival Liberty! The ladies finish the season with a winning record in the Big South and will now take a trip to High Point Tuesday for the Big South Quarterfinals against the #4 Panthers. The Lancers lost to HPU 15-6 just last week.

Last Week: W 13-11 vs Liberty
This Week: 4/28 Big South Tournament | at #4 High Point

Could big man Trey Porter be a logical fit for Longwood?

Would local product Trey Porter be a logical fit for Longwood?It was released yesterday that George Mason freshman Trey Porter would be transferring from Fairfax after the Patriots’ recent coaching change from Paul Hewitt to former Bucknell head coach Dave Paulsen. Now the question is in the air of will Longwood pursue the Dumfries, Virginia native?

Porter’s intentions are unknown and it’s hard to say what conference level he would want to play at. The 6’10 forward averaged 3.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game during his freshman campaign averaging just over 14 minutes per outing. Porter’s best game came in mid-February when he posted 11 points and 3 boards against the Davidson Wildcats.

Longwood has two things working for them with Porter, location and coaching relationships. Obviously if Porter wants to stay relatively close to home then Farmville is a logical destination. Also, coach Gee has a very strong relationship with former Mason head coach Paul Hewitt. Hewitt could very well endorse the big man to head to Longwood and develop alongside Lotanna Nwogbo, Khris Lane, and others. It wouldn’t be the first time Gee pulled a transfer for the Atlantic 10 either after snagging Tra’Vaughn White from Duquesne a year ago.

Porter also had offers from Florida Gulf Coast and Jacksonville out of high school. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons probably kills the possibility of Porter going there and Jacksonville has made a coaching change since Porter was offered in 2013. Porter would sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules.

Keep an eye out for a big man on campus.

Baseball (17-21, 5-10): It was a rough week on the diamond as Longwood lost three out of four games but was able to take one game in the weekend series against Liberty. A huge week is ahead for the Lancers as they travel to #21 Virginia on Tuesday and then head to Asheville for a three game set. The weekend series is huge for Longwood who currently stands tied for the eighth and final Big South Tournament spot with Gardner-Webb at 5-10. Asheville currently is last in the Big South at 3-12 and Coach Mau’s squad needs at least two against the Bulldogs as Gardner-Webb will head to Liberty this weekend.

Last Week: L 11-5 vs VCU, L 7-4, L 11-3, W 7-4 vs Liberty
This Week: 4/24-26 at UNC Asheville

Softball (22-23, 14-4): The Lancers moved into first place in the Big South without playing a conference game this week as they lead Coastal Carolina by half a game now. Longwood split the week losing two to Virginia and beating Norfolk State on the road. A big week is ahead with a trip to Elon, a home doubleheader against #23 James Madison, and a weekend series against Big South defending champs Charleston Southern.

Last Week: L 7-6, L 6-4 at Virginia, W 8-1, W 3-1 at Norfolk State
This Week: 4/21 at Elon, 4/22 vs #23 JMU (DH), 4/25-26 vs Charleston Southern

Lacrosse (5-11, 3-3): The meat of the Big South schedule has not been kind to Longwood losing to High Point and Winthrop last week by a combined score of 30-10. One regular season game remains against Big South leader Liberty. Longwood is more or less locked into the 5th seed if they lose and will most likely play at High Point or Coastal Carolina in the Big South Tournament.

Last Week: L 15-4 vs Winthrop, L 15-6 at High Point
This Week: 4/24 vs Liberty

Longwood is expected to head to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech next season.

We already knew that Longwood was set to take on Oklahoma State and Richmond on the road next year and it looks like they’ve added another tough match up as the Lancers are tentatively scheduled to play at McCamish Pavilion to visit the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. It’ll be the Lancers first match up against the Yellow Jackets, who are coming off a 12-19 season.

The game in Atlanta will allow seniors Shaq Johnson and Lotanna Nwogbo to play in front of a hometown crowd. It will be Longwood’s first match up with an ACC school since playing at Virginia on December 3, 2011.

Longwood is also expected to host James Madison and UMBC next season.

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Longwood has one open scholarship for the upcoming season and Lancers have offered North Carolina product Jamel McAllister to fill the void. McCallister stands at 6’7 and is listed as shooting guard and a forward in various places. He plays his high school basketball for Wake Forest High School and plays AAU for the Garner Road Bulldogs.

McAllister averaged 15.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2 blocks, and 1.5 steals per game this past season. Big Shots has him ranked as one of the Top 40 remaining prospects left in the state of North Carolina. The offer from Longwood is McCallister’s first Division I public offer, but he does have interest from Richmond, Kennesaw State, Radford, UNC Greensboro, and Cornell.

Elite Basketball had the following to say about McAllister:

“Wake Forest HS (NC) A solid playmaker with athleticism, size and length. At 6’7″, McAllister does a lot of things to help his team win and has excellent on-court awareness. Talks on the floor and is a leader; wants to make things happen. Definitely a college prospect with excellent grades.”

McAllister joins Andrien White and Thomas Taylor has the only two known Longwood offers for the Class of 2015 who are still available.

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