Elijah Joiner Commits To American Athletic Conference School

By Roy & Harv Schmidt

October 23, 2016

4:00 P.M. CST

The more Elijah Joiner's recruitment dragged on, the more it changed, to the point where it was practically on a daily basis.  Therefore, it hardly comes as a shock to us that in the end the 6'3 2017 2-guard from Curie High School in Chicago ended up committing to a school that most people didn't even know was in the running for his services until the very last minute.  That is because Joiner ended up opting for the University Of Tulsa and head coach Frank Haith after completing an official visit there this past weekend.

Joiner ended up choosing the Golden Hurricane over offers from Illinois State and UIC, the two schools he ended up taking official visits to in addition to Tulsa.  His commitment was confirmed via his Twitter account as well as by his coaches with his Team Rose travel team.

While news of Joiner's official visit to Tulsa leaked out a little over a week ago, absolutely no one in the media or the scouting ranks was aware that Joiner had previously received a scholarship offer from the Golden Hurricane.  That is because news of the offer was intentionally not made public in advance of the visit.  In fact, Illinois Prep Bulls-eye can also prove that the offer was deliberately concealed.  Once again, such is basketball recruiting in the Chicago Public League in so many instances.

The proof is that Rose's AAU people themselves told us over the weekend that "Tulsa is one of three offers that nobody out there even knows about.  Go ask the coaches."  Well, we did ask around and were able to confirm offers from two of the three, with Tulsa being one.  We find it ironic that in both instances, Tulsa as well as the other school are currently at their limit in terms of available scholarships in the 2017 class, which is more than a bit interesting.

Joiner's recruitment was further complicated by the fact that he ended up cancelling official visits that he had previously scheduled to a pair of high major programs--Missouri and Iowa State.  This despite having been offered a scholarship by both schools.  That was when Joiner and those assisting with his recruitment began redirecting their recruiting focus completely.

Joiner won Illinois Prep Bulls-eye's Summer Award as the player in Illinois who is the most taken for granted (http://ilprepbullseye.com/Summer_Awards.html).  He is as well-rounded a combo guard as any 2017 recruit in Illinois and you would be hard-pressed to find a more prolific scorer anywhere in the Land of Lincoln.  The name of  Joiner’s game is versatility.  That is because he is equally dangerous at either guard spot and has the complete package in terms of speed, strength and playmaking ability.  

With Joiner in the fold, he becomes the only high school recruit in the 2017 class for Haith and the Golden Hurricane and as we mentioned, they have no more scholarships to give.  They also have a JUCO commitment from 6'5 wing forward Daquan Jeffries of West Texas College.  While we believe Joiner made a good choice in terms of level of play, when one considers everything which was covered up and did not come to the forefront ahead of time, we aren't exactly happy with how the decision went down.


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