LAST ISSUE THIS SEASON
that the spring recruiting period is over and my NBA teams have been eliminated,
itís time to hang up the newsletter for this season.
During the offseason, Iíll be working on the following sections of
closing, though, Iíd like to give you a brief preview of next season.
Cyclones will have a lot of holes to fill, having lost four senior starters
(All-American Jamaal Tinsley, Paul Shirley, Martin Rancik, and Kantrail Horton),
as well as senior forward Richard Evans and freshman Zach Fortune, who has left
school. These six represented
66% of ISUís scoring last year, as well as 63% of itís rebounding.
2002 Clones will be built around returning sophomores Shane Power (6í5 F) and
Jake Sullivan (6í1 G) and 6í7 senior forward Tyray Pearson.
Omar Bynum, a 6í7 junior forward who only played 69 minutes this past
season, will be given a strong shot at starting, as will redshirt center Andrew
Skoglund, a 7í1 soph. None of the other carryovers got more than 14 minutes of
playing time last year.
the recruiting class is not highly rated, Eustachy has a nose for unearthed
talent. From the juco ranks, heís
bringing in 6í7 swing forward Tommie King.
Three freshman signees include: 6í0 Ricky Morgan, a point guard from
Pontiac, MI; 6í9 PF Jared Homan
from Remsen, IA; and 6í9 PF Adam Schaper from Wheatfield, IN.
DRAKE SHORTHANDED AGAIN
Bulldogs also lost a lot of talent, with seniors Lamont Evans, Joey Gaw, Aaron
Thomas, and Justin Ohl departing. It
would appear that Luke McDonald may transfer to Texas Tech and Iíve heard too
that Dontaie Smith has transferred. Those
six represented over 60% of Drakeís scoring and about 50% of its rebounding
last year. Additionally, there are
some questions as to whether Alberto Jempierre and Mike OíNeill will be back,
after flunking last semester.
Coach Kanaskie will build on the nucleus of returnees Greg Danielson (6í9 soph
center), Andre Sola and Aaron Knight. The
only recruit signed by Kanaskie was Lonnie Randolph, a 6í1 PG from
Merrillville, IN. So, it looks like
Kanaskie is going to be awfully shorthanded next year.
was very critical, you may recall, in a couple of my newsletters about Evans,
Jempierre, OíNeill and Smith letting Drake University, the team and fans down
by not making their grades. In
retrospect, I may have been too harsh as it has been reported since that Evans
not only stayed in school, but is scheduled to graduate this summer and
OíNeill has regained his eligibility. Good
HAWKEYES ON THE RISE
the Hawks lose four-year starter Dean Oliver and sub Jason Smith, things look
pretty rosy in Iowa City now that Reggie Evans and Luke Recker have decided to
come back for their senior seasons. They
will be joined by returning senior forwards Duez Henderson and Rod Thompson,
senior guard Ryan Hogan, and sophomore forwards Glen Worley and Cortney Scott,
as well as soph guard Brody Boyd. The Hawks return over 78% of itís scoring from last season
and over 91% of itís rebounding.
Alford has brought in one of the nationís best recruiting classes, including
two studs from Illinois, 6í3 point guard Pierre Pierce and 6í6 swingman
Marcellus Sommerville, both of whom were nominated for the McDonaldís
All-American game. And during the spring signing period, Alford also grabbed
Chauncey Leslie, a 6í1 PG who helped Indian Hills CC to a fourth place finish
in the National juco tourney. The
Hawkeyes also have a commitment from 6í11, 200-lb Erek Hansen from Euless, TX,
who is likely to redshirt while trying to put on some pounds.
KU will have a big hole to fill left by departing senior Kenny Gregory, who led the team in scoring this past year. Eric Chenowith and Luke Axtell both leave as well, after posting back-to-back disappointing seasons. Itís doubtful that Mario Kinsey will join the team after football season. Those four represented 34% of KUís scoring and 38% of itís rebounding last season.
are juniors-to-be Drew Gooden, Kirk Hinrich, and Nick Collison, and fellow
starter Jeff Boshee. Jeff Carey,
back for his senior season, will likely get some playing time, as will sophomore
Williams landed a stellar group of
recruits, headed by Aaron Miles, a 6í1 point guard and 6í8 power forward
Wayne Simien, both rated among the best in the country. Theyíll be joined by Keith Langford, a 6í5
SG/SF and Milesí long-time friend,
Michael Lee, a 6í3 shooter. Since
junior high, Lee and Miles have played together on the basketball court as well
as on the gridiron, where Lee was QB Milesí favorite receiver.
Williams didnít land a quality center again this year.
I really canít understand why, when itís clear that he could
virtually guarantee a starting role to any incoming postman.