Head Coach Tim Miles plus Ben Johnson, David Miller and Damany Hendrix make up the new San Jose State University coaching staff. Hired on April 6, Miles has yet to coach any games but there already is a measuring stick in determining what, if any, positive changes he has implemented in a hoops program in the midst of a terminal decline.
That being, 2022 and 2023 offers to recruits ae well as visits. Of late, a Spartan presence in northern California, let alone involving prospects actually being recruited by other mid-majors and higher up programs, was absent. Miles and crew already changed that.
Local and regional recruiting
With one exception, the focus here is on SJSU 2022 offers.
2022 6-foot-2 point Broyce Batchen Jr., recently visited and received an SJSU offer on 6/25. He’s formerly of DeAnza High in Richmond and now at the Southern California Academy. Other offers: Montana, Portland State
2023 6-foot-7 shooting guard/wing Derek Sangster recently visited and received an SJSU offer on 6/21. He attends Archbishop Mitty High in San Jose. Other offers: Washington State, Loyola Marymount
2022 6-foot-6 shooting guard/wing Miles Byrd recently received a SJSU offer on 6/20. He attends Lincoln High in Stockton and just blew up after playing in a recent Arizona tournament so a deluge of West Coast offers will soon arrive. Other offers: UC Davis, Rice, Northern Arizona.
2022 6-foot-7 forward Takai Hardy received an SJSU offer on June 16 after a visit. He attends Vanden High in Fairfield. Other offers: UC Davis, Washington State, Northern Illinois, Montana, Montana State, Cal Poly, Cleveland St. , Sacramento St., Northern Arizona.
2022 6-foot-8 wing Jalen Thompson received an SJSU offer after an unofficial visit on June 15. He’s formerly of St. Patrick-St. Joseph in Alameda and now at the Southern California Academy. Other offers: Arizona, Arizona St., Washington, Creighton, Washington State, San Diego State, Nebraska, LSU, Alabama, Loyola Marymount, Washington, USC, Stanford.
2022 6-foot-5 guard Oziyah Sellers received an SJSU offer after an unofficial visit on June 15. He’s formerly of Modesto Christian High and now at Southern California Academy. Other offers: Arizona State, USC, New Mexico, USF, Crieghton, Utah State, Portland, Riverside, UTEP, Eastern Washington, Rice, TCU, Cal State Northridge, UC Santa Barbara.
2022 6-foot-1 point Aidan Braccia received an SJSU offer on May 10. He attends Sacred Heart High in Atherton. Other offers: Hawaii, American, UAB.
2022 6-foot-6 forward Nigel Burris received an offer from SJSU’s previous coaching staff. He attends Archbishop Mitty. Other offers: Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount in 2020 with Montana, UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly coming in 2019.
The two key recruits (most talented/most potential) are Jalen Thompson and Oziyah Sellers and each has already visited, albeit unofficially. Neither would have been approached by SJSU’s preceding staff and getting them to trip in any manner is a major accomplishment. Miles Byrd will soon be inundated with high offers than SJSU but he’s worth staying in the running. Broyce Batchen Jr. would be a solid get. Let’s see how Hardy progresses over the summer. Burris doesn’t appear to currently be a Spartan recruiting target.
The Spartans have also expressed ‘interest’ in a couple of big and a point, each from out of state.
Going outside northern California
2022 6-foot-6 point Ramel Lloyd received an SJSU offer on June 10. He attends high school in southern California. Other offers: 10 others schools are listed and he recently announced an official to Oklahoma.
2022 6-foot-9 power forward Jeremiah Nyarko received an SJSU offer on May 24. He attends high school in southern California. Other offers: USC (offered in 2020), California (recent), Loyola Marymount, UC Santa Barbara, New Mexico.
2022 6-foot-2 point Christian Watson received an offer on May 11. He attends high school in Long Beach. Other offers: Long Beach State, Arizona, Washington. The latter two offered back in 2020.
2022 6-foot-8 small forward Elijah Saunders received an offer on May 10. He attends high school in Arizona. Other offers: 17+ of ’em including in-state schools USF, Fresno State, Cal Poly, UC Riverside, San Diego
2022 6-foot-6 small forward Chris Dockery received an SJSU offer on August 6, 2020. He attends high school in southern California. Other offers: 8 of ’em including in-state schools Cal State Bakersfield, Fresno State, Long Beach State.
It’s unlikely any of these prospects will sign with SJSU. Lloyd hasn’t visited and doesn’t have the Spartans on his list of finalists. Nyarko is a possibility but will more than likely be playing in the Pac-12 after high school. Miles has already signed a freshman point and has also offered two Nor Cal 2022 points so it’s difficult to see Watson coming. Saunders has given no indication of his faves and the Dockery offer came from the previous SJSU coaching staff.
But again, it’s the pursuit of higher level and higher potential talents by the new staff that deserves noting plus SJSU will possibly land one or more of the above down the road as a transfer. That is why involvement now, even if the present feedback isn’t all that positive, can still pay off.