Every spring a handful of players go from minimal college interest to high major scholarship offers. This time around, Steven Enoch, who recently jumped to No. 61 in Scout.com's top 100, is one of those prospects.
One of the hottest names of the spring is 6-foot-10 big man Steven Enoch
, of Norwalk (Conn.) High. This time last year, Enoch was relatively unknown. Now he's adding interest and offers from high major programs.
"He started late," Enoch's AAU coach George Mathews told Scout.com. "He started taking it seriously late. He always played. When I saw him he was playing JV in February of 2013."
Last summer, Enoch participated in elite camps at Iona and Fairfield
and he began picking up some scholarship offers, but his recruiting didn't skyrocket until early April
"It started ramping up was when coach had open gym at his school in April right before the dead period," Mathews said.
"He had Creighton
and VCU and Providence
, and they were like ‘wow', they saw him handle and shoot and his ability. That's when it started picking up."
On the court, Enoch showed an impressive shooting touch and versatility, according to Norwalk (Conn.) High coach Tom Keyes.
"One of the best things you could say is he's versatile with what he can do," Keyes said. "He has instincts to go down low. He's 6-10. He has a good shooting stroke and has confidence in it. If he has a mismatch he'll go inside."
Mathews echoed those thoughts.
"He's a really good shooter," he said. "He can stroke the three. I would say his versatility is his strength. He can handle the ball. He can post. He likes to bang. He likes to drive. His growth and his coachablilty is his strength, as is his attitude and his work ethic. He's willing to do anything and then stay longer and do more."
This spring Enoch has played on Mathews' High Rise Team Up squad. A strong showing at the Pitt Jam Fest and a few others events has led to offers from Connecticut
, Kansas State
, Arizona State
Rhode Island and Drexel. VCU plans to offer when he takes a visit.
To go with interest from Creighton and Providence, a host of others schools have called to inquire about him, including Virginia
, Wake Forest
, Seton Hall
, Memphis, Florida
, St. Joseph's, George Washington
, Virginia Tech
"The plan is by the end of the summer to get it down to 10 schools," Mathews said. "Basically the 10 that are most interested in him and the 10 he's most interested in. Then we'll cut it to five and then we'll take five visits."
A month ago, Enoch took a visit to see the reigning national champions – Connecticut.
"It was great," Mathews explained. "It was awesome. Kevin Ollie was great. His mom and dad and my fiancé and myself went up. It was awesome."
Enoch, who debuted in Scout.com's 2015 top 100 at No. 61, will participate in the NBPA Top 100 camp, next week in Charlottesville (Va.).
As a junior, Enoch averaged 16 points, 13 rebounds and 3.5 blocks a game.