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Old 04-09-2017, 11:39 AM
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Birds are going to be very athletic and deep next year. In my opinion they could be better then last year.
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Birds are going to be very athletic and deep next year. In my opinion they could be better then last year.
I think they can be the top team next year with WSU gone, but I don't see them being as good as last year's 28-win team. They just lost their 2 top scorers, their top rebounder, their top two 3-point shooters, their top 2 leaders in steals, the MVC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, and the MVC leading assist and steals leader.
Who'll play point guard? Evans averaged just barely over 1 assist per game and had more turnovers than assists.
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Missouri State gets a commitment from a junior college forward- Abdul-Hakim Fofana. He is originally from the west African country of Burkina Faso-
http://verbalcommits.com/players/abdul-hakim-fofana

He averaged 15.4 ppg and 11.8 rpg at Dakota College at Bottineau, a Division II junior college-
http://www.njcaa.org/sports/mbkb/201...akimfofanatbwy
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Missouri State gets a commitment from a junior college forward- Abdul-Hakim Fofana. He is originally from the west African country of Burkina Faso-
http://verbalcommits.com/players/abdul-hakim-fofana

He averaged 15.4 ppg and 11.8 rpg at Dakota College at Bottineau, a Division II junior college-
http://www.njcaa.org/sports/mbkb/201...akimfofanatbwy
He has an interesting history-
http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...&ct=clnk&gl=us

This is his first year of playing basketball at the juco level, so he might have 3 years of eligibility left if qualifies for D1.
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Old 04-09-2017, 03:14 PM
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that article seems to indicate that he enrolled in school there in Atlanta but then when it got too expensive he went and enrolled in Houston...

So- like Taylor Brown - his clock would have started at that point by enrolling for college level courses, even if he did NOT play basketball, then he spent a full year in North Dakota at juco.
So he may have 3 years of eligibility left but he likely has no redshirt year remaining.

But he does appear to be an athletic kid tho obviously inexperienced with only a couple years of well organized ball - so gotta figure he might be a redshirt candidate but maybe doesn't have that redshirt year available to him. I think this signals exactly how slim the pickings are at this point and although any kid might surprise and be a game changer - probably what we'll see are fairly obscure commits. Even the ISU commit seems odd - as in why would a 6-4 shooting guard - one of the top players in juco ball, who some have labelled the best juco 3-point shooter in the nation have so few offers at this late stage? And with two dozen DI programs in his own state and many more in nearby states - that he doesn't appear to have a single DI offer from any school within 1,000 miles.


also, this means someone will have to be leaving because they didn't have any open scholarships before landing this guy

ONE MORE COMMIT - Evansville lands Marty Hill
He is from Northeast Community College in Nebraska and is a teammate of former BU Recruit Vance Johnson
**the newspaper over in Evansville says
"Marty Hill....averaged 14.8 points, shooting 42.7 percent from behind the 3-point line. He also averaged 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists."
..but they didn't do their homework very well, as those are his stats from two seasons ago - not his current stats.



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2017
Bradley - Ryan Stipanovich - LINK, Elijah Childs, Luqman Lundy (0 open scholarships)
Drake - Teyvion Kirk - now reopened, Tai Bibbs - now reopened (3 scholarships currently open as Bibbs, Kirk, and Billy Wampler are all gone)
Evansville - Evan Kuhlman (signed), Noah Frederking (signed), Marty Hill (2, maybe 3 scholarships currently open) (Silas Adheke removed as he classified as a 2016)
Illinois State - William Tinsley, Elijah Clarance (signed), Zach Copeland, Christian Romine & Milik Yarbrough, transfers eligible in 2017 (zero scholarship currently open)
Indiana State - Devin Thomas (signed), Tyreke Key (signed), Elafayette Stone (now reneged and signs with juco - see below) (signed), Daniel Huenermann (signed) (2 scholarships currently open as Donovan Franklin is gone & Elafayette Stone gone)
Loyola - Cameron Krutwig (signed), Christian Negron (signed) (1 scholarship currently open, Maurice Kirby gone)
Missouri State - Reggie Scurry (signed), Darian Scott (signed), Mustafa Lawrence, (signed), Abdul-Hakim Fofana (1 scholarships currently open but Chris Kendrix leaving and Austin Ruder is leaving)
UNI - Austin Phyfe (signed), Adam McDermott - walk-on transfer from North Dakota sitting out 2016-17 (1 scholarships left for 2017)
SIU - Demarius Jacobs - had signed LOI but now reneged and going to prep school, Eric McGill - presumably will sign this spring, Jeremy Roscoe - (will not sign a LOI since he signed one in 2016), Marcus Bartley - transfer eligible in 2017 (1 or 2 scholarships currently open - depends if Jeremy Roscoe qualifies)
Wichita State - deleted
...waiting to hear if we should add Valpo or Belmont..

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Old 04-10-2017, 02:56 AM
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that article seems to indicate that he enrolled in school there in Atlanta but then when it got too expensive he went and enrolled in Houston...

So- like Taylor Brown - his clock would have started at that point by enrolling for college level courses, even if he did NOT play basketball, then he spent a full year in North Dakota at juco.
So he may have 3 years of eligibility left but he likely has no redshirt year remaining.

But he does appear to be an athletic kid tho obviously inexperienced with only a couple years of well organized ball - so gotta figure he might be a redshirt candidate but maybe doesn't have that redshirt year available to him. I think this signals exactly how slim the pickings are at this point and although any kid might surprise and be a game changer - probably what we'll see are fairly obscure commits. Even the ISU commit seems odd - as in why would a 6-4 shooting guard - one of the top players in juco ball, who some have labelled the best juco 3-point shooter in the nation have so few offers at this late stage? And with two dozen DI programs in his own state and many more in nearby states - that he doesn't appear to have a single DI offer from any school within 1,000 miles.


also, this means someone will have to be leaving because they didn't have any open scholarships before landing this guy

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Not sure exactly how long he was in school in Atlanta; he didn't go into specifics when I interviewed him. Not sure whether he can redshirt or not, that's a great question. He's a great kid and I'm glad to see him achieve his goal of playing college ball.
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Old 04-10-2017, 06:22 PM
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Missouri State takes in a grad transfer with their final scholarship

Howard University grad transfer James Miller...avg 14.7 ppg & is eligible immediately
6-4 SG originally from NC
He took a lot of shots - and hit 42.2% overall and 25.8% from 3-pt - he also hit 66% on FTs, 3.4 rpg, 2.4 apg
Howard was 10-24 and they are 46-85 in his past 4 years there - one of which he played sparingly due to injury so he's getting a 5th year
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Old 04-11-2017, 07:49 AM
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Updated - signing period begins in 24 hours

2017
Bradley - Ryan Stipanovich - LINK, Elijah Childs, Luqman Lundy (0 open scholarships)
Drake - Teyvion Kirk - now reopened, Tai Bibbs - now reopened (3 scholarships currently open as Bibbs, Kirk, and Billy Wampler are all gone)
Evansville - Evan Kuhlman (signed), Noah Frederking (signed), Marty Hill (2, maybe 3 scholarships currently open) (Silas Adheke removed as he classified as a 2016)
Illinois State - William Tinsley, Elijah Clarance (signed), Zach Copeland, Christian Romine & Milik Yarbrough, transfers eligible in 2017 (zero scholarship currently open)
Indiana State - Devin Thomas (signed), Tyreke Key (signed), Elafayette Stone (now reneged and signs with juco - see below) (signed), Daniel Huenermann (signed) (2 scholarships currently open as Donovan Franklin is gone & Elafayette Stone gone)
Loyola - Cameron Krutwig (signed), Christian Negron (signed) (1 scholarship currently open, Maurice Kirby gone)
Missouri State - Reggie Scurry (signed), Darian Scott (signed), Mustafa Lawrence, (signed), Abdul-Hakim Fofana, James "JT" Miller - a grad transfer from Howard - (will not sign a Letter of Intent) (zero scholarships currently open, Chris Kendrix leaving and Austin Ruder is leaving)
UNI - Austin Phyfe (signed), Adam McDermott - walk-on transfer from North Dakota sitting out 2016-17 (1 scholarships left for 2017)
SIU - Demarius Jacobs - had signed LOI but now reneged and going to prep school, Eric McGill - presumably will sign this spring, Kavion Pippen,
Jeremy Roscoe - (will not sign a LOI since he signed one in 2016), Marcus Bartley - transfer eligible in 2017 (0 or 1 scholarships currently open - depends if Jeremy Roscoe qualifies)
Wichita State - deleted
...waiting to hear if we should add Valpo or Belmont..



So as it stands now the only expected LOI's currently are Bradley's Luqman Lundy, Evansville's Marty Hill,
ISU's Zach Copeland, Missouri State's Abdul-Hakin Fofana, and SIU's Eric McGill - all five are juco kids

Anyone heard of any others? Loyola cleared space with Kirby gone & are hoping to land 6-9 Akiean Frederick from juco
...and it's puzzling that Taylor Bruninga would still be talking about taking a visit to ISU when they just gave their last scholarship to Zach Copeland.

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Old 04-11-2017, 05:42 PM
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SIU gets a commitment from 6-10 Kavion Pippen- juco, Three Rivers Community College
10.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg
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Old 04-12-2017, 05:31 PM
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Ronnie Rousseau III is back with Missouri State, he left the team mid-season last year--
not sure if they have a scholarship available for him...
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Old 04-13-2017, 02:45 PM
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Nobody in the MVC even has a single 2018 commit yet...but Wichita just got a verbal from a Class of 2019 kid

I know they're not MVC but get a commitment from DeAntoni Gordon from Mobile, AL, a 6-7 power forward
He's unable to sign a Letter of Intent for a year and a half.


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Old 04-17-2017, 04:43 PM
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Loyola gets a verbal from Lucas Williamson - from Chicago Whitney Young....he can be a good team leader...


As you know Whitney Young advanced all the way to the 4A Championship game then beat Simeon
Lucas Williamson's season stats:
17.6 ppg, 5 rpg, 32-103 (31%) from 3-pt, 2 apg

Perhaps the thing that held back his recruiting the most was that he is very slender - and looks to be perhaps more of a redshirt candidate first year...
plus his shooting percentages against high school competition are rather low. But also it keeps Loyola connected with the Chicago kids and the next couple years can be critical there...
This appears to be the final scholarship for Loyola in 2017.
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Old 04-19-2017, 01:36 PM
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This is interesting - I thought Loyola used their final scholarship on Lucas Williamson..
but today the got a commitment from juco forward Adarius Avery
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This is interesting - I thought Loyola used their final scholarship on Lucas Williamson..
but today the got a commitment from juco SG Adarius Avery
His averages are kinda amazing - 24.1 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 3.8 apg...
and yet he had very few solid offers - so gotta wonder if grades are an issue...
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This is interesting - I thought Loyola used their final scholarship on Lucas Williamson..
but today the got a commitment from juco SG Adarius Avery
His averages are kinda amazing - 24.1 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 3.8 apg...
and yet he had very few solid offers - so gotta wonder if grades are an issue...

so they appear one-over so maybe someone's not coming back??
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This is interesting - I thought Loyola used their final scholarship on Lucas Williamson..
but today the got a commitment from juco SG Adarius Avery
His averages are kinda amazing - 24.1 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 3.8 apg...
and yet he had very few solid offers - so gotta wonder if grades are an issue...

so they appear one-over so maybe someone's not coming back??


BTW - it was previously said that Loyola's offer to Taylor Bruninga was a full offer -
and Bruninga is still apparently scheduled to visit there on April 23, so that might be gone now
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This is interesting - I thought Loyola used their final scholarship on Lucas Williamson..
but today the got a commitment from juco SG Adarius Avery
His averages are kinda amazing - 24.1 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 3.8 apg...
and yet he had very few solid offers - so gotta wonder if grades are an issue...

so they appear one-over so maybe someone's not coming back??


BTW - it was previously said that Loyola's offer to Taylor Bruninga was a full offer -
and Bruninga is still apparently scheduled to visit there on April 23, so that might be gone now
Adarius Avery was one I mentioned last month in a list of juco big men still available. I found it strange that he had such great numbers but just a few low offers.-
http://www.bradleyfans.com/vb/showth...=adarius+avery
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Old 04-20-2017, 04:13 PM
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Updated - signing period begins in 24 hours

2017...
Drake - Teyvion Kirk - now reopened...
Former Drake signee and recruiting target, Joliet West's Teyvion Kirk verbals to Ohio

https://twitter.com/scottybscout/sta...50296040972288


And just in case...
I will get this line ready for the 2017 Valley commits summary...

Murray State - Leroy Buchanan (juco transfer, LOI signed), Anthony Smith (juco transfer, LOI signed), Temetrius Morant (LOI signed), Tevin Brown (LOI signed) (2 scholarships open)
Valparaiso - Markus Golder (LOI signed), Parker Hazen (LOI signed), Mileek McMillan (LOI signed) (2 scholarships open)

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Old 04-23-2017, 11:37 AM
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Drake finally get on the board for 2017 with a verbal...
Jalen Gibbs, a 6-2 point guard from Maryland
https://twitter.com/JKimElevate/stat...50903023435776
http://www.verbalcommits.com/players/jalen-gibbs

pretty obscure but puts up good numbers
https://nphseagleeye.com/sports/2017...r-jalen-gibbs/
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Northern Iowa lands a late 2017 recruit-
Tywhon Pickford
http://verbalcommits.com/players/tywhon-pickford


The Des Moines register says he chose UNI over offers from Bryant, Ball State, Siena, Tulane, George Mason
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/sto...017/306426001/
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