Forward Josh Egner of Jackson High School verbally committed to play at Akron, according to the Canton Repository.
The 6-foot-6 senior-to-be averaged 14 points and nine rebounds per game as a junior. He shot an impressive 59.7 percent from the field.
The coaching staff likes Egner's athleticism -- that he plays above the rim. His offensive game compares to Romeo Travis, in that he can post up but also play on the perimeter and drive. On defense, Egner has a long wingspan, which allows him to contest shots. The coaches see him as a nice complement to Zeke Marshall at the power forward.
Egner had offers from many MAC schools and some other mid-majors, such as Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His teammate, Mark Henniger, already committed to Kent State.
Egner said this to HighMajorScoop.com:
“I visited 5 or 6 schools, and honestly Akron was close to home and growing up in the area and getting to see and understand the tradition it was a no brainer for me and my family. ... I also like the extra benefit of them being sponsored by Lebron and Nike, since I have played AAU for Lebron’s AAU program I know how well they take care of you and that is just icing on the cake. This is where I will be going this summer with King James during July; Kansas City, Akron, WVU Jamfest and Orlando.”
Josh crashes harder than 99% of the kids that play basketball and he has a very high motor, a undeniable love for the game and a confidence and a passion that you just don’t find in most kids these days. Like every young player he still needs to continue improving his offensive skill set and fundamental handle, but he will make up for that with his ability to defend, jump, rebound and run the lanes.