Herald-Whig

Blue Devils' Talton embraces attention from college recruiters

Incoming Quincy High School junior Jeremiah Talton, pictured right, has generated widespread interest from college programs, including some Power 5 schools and several Missouri Valley Conference programs. | H-W Photo/Katelyn Metzger
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 26, 2020 12:01 am

QUINCY -- There are inherent advantages to being from a family that has produced college-level basketball talent across multiple generations.

Jeremiah Talton is embracing that.

Heading into his junior year at Quincy High School, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard is generating widespread interest on the recruiting front. A few Power 5 schools have been in direct contact with Talton, and several Missouri Valley Conference programs have expressed interest.

So far, it hasn't been overwhelming in large part because of his circle of advisors.

"I tell my parents everything," said Talton, whose father, Jermaine, is the all-time leading scorer at Monroe City and was a coveted prospect as a three-time all-state selection. "My older cousins and my uncles and family that's close to me. That's who I talk to."

His cousin, C.E. Talton, will be a sophomore at Olney Junior College, but the Monroe City all-stater was recruited by several NCAA Division II programs out of high school and drew interest from a few D-I programs. And his uncles -- Ed, Clay and Ronnie Talton -- were standout athletes and college prospects at Monroe City.

Their perspective on his game and recruiting is appreciated.

"They give me a lot of good advice," Talton said. "I've just been asking them a lot of questions about the process, and that's helped me a lot."

The process really is just beginning.

Talton has consistently heard from several schools -- Missouri, Purdue, Tulsa, Drake, Southern Illinois, SIU-Edwardsville, Austin Peay, etc. -- and others are monitoring his progress. He has yet to receive any official offers and hasn't narrowed his choices or picked any favorites yet.

The inability to play in front of coaches due to the coronavirus pandemic has kept him off some radars, but that is about to change.

Talton is scheduled to play in a tournament in Kansas City, Mo., in mid-July with his AAU team -- MOKAN Elite -- and could see action in a few events before the summer winds down should health and safety protocols allow it.

"I was counting on this being a big summer for me and this was my chance to play in front of a lot of coaches," said Talton, who set the QHS freshman scoring record with 230 points during the 2018-19 season. "So it's been a bummer, but I've used the best of my time and it's actually been going pretty well."

An All-Western Big Six Conference selection as a sophomore, Talton led the Blue Devils in scoring last winter at 15.9 points with 59 3-pointers made despite missing the final five games with a knee sprain. He also drew a team-leading 22 charges in 23 games.

The knee is healthy, his frame is stronger and he's anxious to showcase his improvements. It should cause his phone to ring more often, too.

"It's motivating me to work even harder and to trust in God that it will work out down the road," Talton said. "It motivates me to keep getting better at the things I can get better at."