Teyvion Kirk Commits To MAC School

By Roy & Harv Schmidt

April 20, 2017

12:00 P.M. CST

The recruiting process for Teyvion Kirk ended up being more drawn out than he thought it would be through no fault of his own.  But despite the challenges, Kirk took his time and carefully weighed his options before finally finding the school that he believes provides him with the best fit.

As a result, the 6'2 2017 point guard from Joliet West High School in Joliet, IL has committed to Ohio University and head coach Saul Phillips after taking an official visit to the Athens, OH campus this past weekend.  The commitment was confirmed by Kirk himself as well as his coaches with the All-In/Young & Reckless travel team program.  Kirk chose the Bobcats over Middle Tennessee and St. Bonaventure.  He had also accumulated a slew of mid-major scholarship offers from several programs in the Mid-American and Missouri Valley conferences as well as the Patriot League among others.

Kirk previously committed to Drake University back in August of last year.  However, he ended up requesting his release and reopening his recruitment after Ray Giacoletti decided to step down as the Bulldogs' head coach.

In addition to Ohio U, Kirk also took an official visit to St. Bonaventure after their staff came in to watch him work out last month.  However, in the end Kirk's decision came down to wanting to be closer to home at a school where he figures to come in and get substantial playing time right off the bat.

Kirk has consistently risen his stock as a point guard ever since the beginning of last summer.   He has always had solid ball handling skills and the ability to attack the rim as well as defend in the open court.  However, the primary reason why Kirk has been able to make a jump is due to improved decision-making--playing much more under control and not forcing the action.  In addition, Kirk has also greatly improved as a shooter, with range that extends beyond the 3-point arc.

Kirk has been Joliet West's leader and their mainstay when it comes to running their offense for the past three years. This past season, he led his team to a 26-4 record, reaching the sectional finals of the Class 4A state tournament.  Kirk becomes the fourth member of the 2017 recruiting class for Phillips and the Bobcats, joining 6'5 point guard Zach Butler of Spartanburg, SC; 6'7 wing forward Bennett Vander Plas of Ripon, WI and 6'9 power forward A.J. Gareri of Akron, OH.

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