RE: ASun Recruits 2011-2012
I have tried to update my initial post in this thread to include all current ASun recruits. Please let me know who I’ve missed.
Here are my thoughts on how it stacks up now
Belmont – Losing Jordan Campbell costs a little in athleticism & experience, and their only recruit so far (guard Spencer Turner) adds no immediate help - But the best team in the ASun in a long time looks to get better from player improvement (Blake Jenkins picking up Campbell’s minutes), the experience of tournament basketball and perhaps from the addition of 6’11” 275 redshirt freshman Chad Lang. They still have a scholly to give if the right last minute pickup is available this fall. Can anybody in the ASun even make these guys sweat?
UNF – Matt Driscoll earns this by getting the most out of his talent. Loses only point guard Haugabrouck, but brings back plenty of guard help (Granberry, Wilson, Williams), and adds some new recruits at guard. Unfortunately their lack of size up front makes them a poor matchup for Belmont. They handled the ASun tournament pressure better than ETSU last year. ETSU will have to prove that they can do better this time.
ETSU – perhaps does not deserve to rank this high since they lose so much, and have so many question marks – but team leader Tommy Hubbard is back from medical redshirt to form a solid nucleus (Hubbard, Isiah Brown, Adam Sollazzo) there is good new potential here (redshirt freshman Ryan Woumn, redshirt junior Jarvis Jones, true frosh athletic stud Lester Wilson who has scored 24 and 20 in the Rocky Top League, highly touted frosh shooting guard Rashawn Rembert, JUCO scoring wiz Marcus DuBose, 6’7” freshman Memphis athlete John Walton), and other teams have major flaws too. Do the Bucs have the interior size, the depth, and, yes, the coaching, to challenge Belmont? Bucs also have a scholarship available for a last minute signing. 6’11” Seth Coy would be a senior this year – don’t tell me that wouldn’t have made a difference.
Jacksonville – lose their toughest player and best defender in Ayron Hardy. They were not able to replace Ben Smith last year – the lack of a clutch scorer down the stretch cost them key games, as in the ASun tourney to UNF. Losing their top 2 scorers of this past year, Hardy and Travis Cohn, does not help that situation. But defense and hustle will once again keep them close in every game and give them a chance.
Mercer – I don’t like Hoffman’s revolving door style of scooping up recruits and discarding 2/3’s of them, or his bullying attitude. But he did a hell of a job last year, losing best frontcourt player Brandon Moore and best backcourt player Jeff Smith down the stretch and plugging in replacements and keeping right on going. Showed plenty of fight before going down to Belmont in the tournament. Along with Moore and Smith, they also say goodbye to Marc Hall and Brian Mills this year. But can you bet against a guy who proved himself so able to replace losses?
Stetson – for 2 years running, Stetson has brought in highly touted recruiting classes. And for two years running the team has crashed and burned, so goodbye to Derrick Waugh. This year they add 6’9 255 Delaware transfer Adam Pegg to 6’8” 280 Steve Forbes. But this year they also lose their best and toughest player in swingman Ridge Graham. I’d bet on Rick Byrd’s former right hand man, new coach Casey Alexander, to bring this promising bunch together. Can he maintain the jinx on ETSU that former Coach Derek Waugh seemed to have? Alexander’s record at Belmont suggests he’ll be mighty tough.
Lipscomb – 6 promising recruits, all from Tennessee, including 6’1” Deonte Alexander, touted as the best incoming player in the ASun, but it will take a while to replace shattering losses. Without Slater, Hodzic and Brandon Brown, this is a totally different team.
FGCU – Dave Balza had big D2 success but could not get the Eagles over the hump in D-1. His replacement is Andy Enfield, an energetic young former assistant coach from Florida State. Can he match the quick turnaround of UNF and JU under new coaching?
USCU – this team really upped the athleticism level with last year’s 10 man recruiting class, featuring ASun freshman of the year Torrey Craig. But almost the only ASun team that succumbed was ETSU which dropped a classic “trap” game on the road to USCU between major opponents. This year they add a decent looking guard class (hoping to better a conference worst .291 from 3) and should improve.
Kennesaw – Tony Ingle left this program in a shambles, with a nonexistent graduation rate as league leading rebounder LaDaris Greene and both starting guards Spencer Dixon and Kelvin McConnell depart from a team that was thin last year and has few promising recruits coming in. Oh well, at least they’ve got new fan Goldfinger. Upside – they are in a good area for high school basketball talent; Matt Driscoll walked in with less at the last minute at UNF, picked up a swarm of last second recruits, some of whom he had never seen play, coached them up and turned that program around. The message board is probably making new coach Lewis Preston feel about as welcome as his former boss Ed DeChellis did on arriving at ETSU. But that turned out pretty well for DeChellis and the Bucs.
(This post was last modified: 06-27-2011 12:57 PM by swvabucsfan.)