Come this fall, VCU and head coach Will Wade will have signed one of the more intriguing pickups of the 2018 class. On Wednesday, the Rams landed Lawrence (Ind.) North 2018 small forward Kevin Easley following his official visit over the weekend.
“The coaching staff and I just really connected,” Easley told NY2LA Sports. “Great school and they win. They’ve been to the tournament eight years in a row, that’s big for a program.”
Easley held other offers from Indiana, Purdue, Cincinnati, DePaul, Butler, Nebraska, St. Louis, Temple, and more. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound junior didn’t go into his official visit expecting to commit.
“It’s a great campus, I didn’t know how nice it was,” he said. “The city of Richmond loves basketball a lot. It was a fun time. It went so well, I just couldn’t turn it down.”
A versatile, high-upside prospect, Easley can play all over the floor for VCU in 2018-19.
“They see me playing either wing spot,” he said. “They also want to use me around the basket, possibly at the power forward spot. They like that I’m big and I can shoot the basketball.”
Easley said he was also highly considering Indiana, Butler, Purdue, and Nebraska. He was picking up additional interest from Michigan, Florida, and others. While he still had two more evaluation periods ahead of him to likely add more offers to his list, Easley feels good about becoming a Ram.
“I just liked how VCU really wanted me,” he said. “I just had to go and make that decision. I’m pretty comfortable with where I’m at.”
Easley played with the George Hill Rising Stars during the grassroots travel season.