May 14, 2010

2010 MAC Basketball Recruiting Analysis

Each and every year the Mid-American Conference brings in a wealth of talent and the 2010 class as a whole may be one of the best in MAC history. The conference continues to build after a few down years and bringing in talent is the first step to becoming a major player in the realm of college hoops. Today we take a look at the 2010 MAC college basketball recruiting classes and break them down by individual team.




AKRON ZIPS


2010 Class

PF Dakotah Euton, Scott County HS (KY)
PF Josh Egner, Jackson HS (OH)
SF Michael Green, Dublin Coffman HS (OH)
SF Quincy Diggs Wichita (KS) -Transfer from University of New Orleans
PG Alex Abreu, CJEOTO Academy (NJ)
F Nick Harney, Cleveland St. Benedictine (OH)

Overview: The Zips clearly wanted to bring some post players in as they added two power forwards and two small forwards. Diggs brings experience after transferring from the University of New Orleans after they dropped their hoops program. He averaged 3.3 PPG and 1.6 RPG and will become immediately eligible per an NCAA waiver rule.

Top Prospect: Dakota Euton. He was a former Kentucky commit when Billie Gillespie was there, and the 6-foot-8 and 220 pounder also had an offer from Nevada. Euton has loads of potential and should become one of the top post players in the MAC during his career.


BALL STATE CARDINALS


2010 Class

F Matt Kamieniecki, Clarkston HS (MI)
F Jay Copeland, Kings Fork HS (VA)
PG Marvin Jordan, Manual HS (IL)

Overview: Ball State didn't bring in a lot of players and returns most of their core from last season, but on paper, it appears they struggled on the recruiting trail in 2010. They added some good role players, but nobody from this class stands out as a future stud.

Top Prospect: We'll give it to Kamieniecki due to the fact that the Cardinals not only added a versatile 6-foot-7 forward, but they beat out MAC West rival Western Michigan for his services.


BOWLING GREEN FALCONS


2010 Class

PG Anthony Henderson, Toledo Start HS (OH)
PF Craig Sealy, Brookehaven HS (OH)
PG Cameron Black, Theodore Roosevelt HS (OH)
F Torian Ogelsby, Mott C.C. (MI)

Overview: The Falcons put together a very solid class as they added two big bodies in Black and Sealy, a scorer in Henderson (averaged 28.3 PPG as SR), and some big time athleticism in Ogelsby.

Top Prospect: Really a toss-up between Henderson and Ogelsby. Henderson can flat out score, but isn't a true point guard yet. Ogelsby is a tremendous athlete at 6-foot-7 and should become a factor around the basket immediately. He made a name for himself at Mott C.C. for his highlight reel dunks and played for one of the top JUCO coaches in the country. Both players could see early playing time.


BUFFALO BULLS


2010 Class

PF Javon McCrea, Newark HS (NY)
PF Cameron Downing, Memorial HS (OK)

Overview: The 6-foot-6 McCrea brings some nice athleticism and Downing is physically ready to play next season at 6-foot-9 and 245 pounds. Small class, but the Bulls bring in two solid forwards.

Top Prospect: Downing. He won't wow you with his athleticism, but the big man knows how to position himself in the post and has a chance to be one of those workmanlike forwards in the MAC.


CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS


2010 Class

G/F Trey Zeigler, Mount Pleasant HS (MI)
G Derek Jackson, St. Benedictine HS (OH)
PF Colin Voss, East Grand Rapids HS (MI)
C Nate VanArendonk, Grand Haven HS (MI)
PF Jevon Harden, Detroit Loyola HS (MI)
PF Andre Coimbra, NEOSHO C.C. (OK)
G Paris Paramore Triton C.C. (IL)

Overview: Well….the Chippewas brought in half a roster in one recruiting class and there is talent aplenty. Much of the focus has been on Zeigler, the No. 28 player in the nation who spurned Michigan State, UCLA, and Duke among others to play for his father at CMU, but the rest of the class can't be overlooked. Voss should factor in for immediate playing time and chose CMU over a host of D-1 offers. He was also a football prospect who drew offers from Indiana and Western Michigan. Jackson is a scorer that can get to the basket, and Harden and VanArendonk are developmental big men. Both Coimbra and Paramore will have the chance to see big minutes next year with the Chippewas losing three forwards and two guards from last years team.

Top Prospect: In a no brainer it has to be Trey Zeigler. As one of the top players on only in the Midwest, but the nation, Zeigler should step in and be a major contributor from day one. He can score, rebound, and dish the ball with the best of them, and Chippewa fans are ecstatic to see him suit up in the maroon and gold.


EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES


2010 Class

PG Darrell Lampley, Lakeland C.C. (OH)
PF Kenny Stewart, Weatherford C.C. (TX)

Overview: For a program searching for an identity, it was disappointing to see the Eagles only add two players and stick to the JUCO route to do it. Lampley ihas skills, but comes with a little baggage, and Stewart is a 6-foot-7 player with some potential.

Top Player: Lampley averaged 17.9 PPG and 6.8 APG last year at Lakeland after one year at St. Peters C.C. (NJ). He's a playmaker and should be an immediate starter for the Eagles in the backcourt.


KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES


2010 Class

PF Kenny Knight, Aiken HS (OH)
SF DeShawn Clay, Christain Life Center Academy (TX)
SG Eric Gaines Hillcrest (IL)
PF Mark Henniger, Jackson HS (OH)
SG Carlton Guyton, Mineral Area College (MO)
PF DeAndre Nealy, Mott C.C. (MI)
G Mike Porrini, Gulf Coast C.C. (FL)
PF Darius Leonard, Wakefield HS (NC)

Overview: Kent State's loose academic qualifications always allow them to bring in talent, it's just a matter of them ever getting on the court. Clay and Knight are rumored to be non-qualifiers and may have to go the JUCO route, and Nealy may be a non-qualifier for the second straight year. Leonard was a late verbal about two weeks ago, and he is thought to have some potential. Guyton, Porrini and Gaines should all see playing time immediately. Overall a very strong recruiting class for Kent, and they should continue to be one of the top teams in the MAC once the roster gels.

Top Prospect: If he ever makes it to the roster, Nealy is the type of athlete that can take over games and he would immediately improve their defense. That said…him being on the team is something I'll believe when I see it. The Golden Flashes need scoring next season, and both Gaines and Guyton have the ability to do that. Gaines chose KSU over DePaul and he is probably their top perimeter prospect.


MIAMI (OH) REDHAWKS


2010 Class

G/F Josh Sewell, Trinity HS (KY)
SF Jon Harris, Twinsburg HS (OH)
PG Quinten Rollins, Wilmington HS (OH)

Overview:The Redhawks added a three man class heavy in the perimeter and they boast on of the top recruits in the MAC in Sewell. Harris and Rollins both had multiple D-1 offers and are very good prospects in their own right, with Harris having loads of potential. Overall, Miami (OH) added some outstanding talent in this class and don't be surprised to see all of them hit the floor next season.

Top Prospect: Sewell chose the Redhawks over the likes of Akron, Marshall, Western Kentucky, VCU, and Wright State, and the 6-foot-4 and 210 pound combo guard has a knack for making plays around the hoop. He's not a finished product as he needs to work on his outside shot, but he's an aggressive player who should become a very good MAC player. As a senior he averaged 19.8 PPG and 5.7 RPG and nearly won the Mr. Basketball award in Kentucky.


NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES


2010 Class

PG Tyree Jones, North Carolina Technical Prep (NC)
F Nate Rucker, Melrose HS (TN)
PF Tim Toler, Danville Area C.C. (IL)
PF Cameron Madlock, Lee C.C. (TX)

Overview:Solid, but a tad underwhelming class, as the Huskies really didn't add any big time recruits. Jones and Toler both have the size to contribute early, and Rucker is built like a defensive end at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds. Jones went to three high schools in two years and has drawn some negative reviews for his lack of maturity. Madlock spent one year at Bowling Green in 2007-2008 before transferring and he has he potential to earn an immediate spot in the frontcourt rotation.

Top Prospect: Toler is a massive 6-foot-8 and 270 pound power forward who should be able to bang around in the post from day one. At Danville C.C. he averaged 16.2 PPG and 8.6 RPG and also showed some range shooting 37% from downtown. While he needs to work on his body some, should be a contributor next season.


OHIO BOBCATS


2010 Class

G/F Ricardo Johnson, Holmes HS (KY)
C Ethan Jacobs, Tipton HS (IN)
PG Nick Kellogg, Saint Francis De Salles HS (OH)
SF T.J. Hall, Gainesville HS (FL)

Overview: The Bobcats used their NCAA Tournament appearance and shocking upset of #3 seed Georgetown in the first round last season to their advantage and added one of the top classes in the MAC. Johnson and Kellogg have the ability to step in and contribute from the time they hit campus and both Hall and Jacobs offer some potential down the road.

Top Prospect: While Kellogg is ranked as a three star, the Bobcats top prospect has to be Johnson. At 6-foot-6 and 190 pounds, Johnson is a versatile player who chose Ohio over schools such as Drake, Western Kentucky, Bradley and Marshall. He can score, rebound, defend, and has good ball handling skills.


TOLEDO ROCKETS


2010 Class

SF Chris Anderson, Reeds-Puffer HS (MI)
SG Reese Holliday, Sumner Academy (KS)

Overview: After firing their head coach, new Toledo coach Tod Kowalczyk didn't have a whole lot of time to assemble a class. It didn't help that there was attrition within the program and the Rockets really are starting from scratch. Anderson signed in the early signing period, but it's unknown if he will end up at Toledo, and Holliday was a scoring machine in high school. Toledo will also add three transfers for the 2011-2012 season when Rian Pearson (UW-Milwaukee) and Matt Smith (UW-Milwaukee) will rejoin their former head coach, and Dominique Buckley (Iowa State), will also be eligible in 2011-2012.

Top Prospect: The 6-foot-4 and 205 Holliday averaged 23.8 PPG, 11.3 RPG and 4.6 APG last season and led his squad to the Class 4A state title in Kansas. For a team in need of scorers, his ability to put the ball in the hoop will be welcomed with open arms.


WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS


2010 Class

F Juwan Howard Jr., Detroit Pershing HS (MI)
SG Kennis White, Warren G. Harding HS (OH)
C Matt Stainbrook, St. Edward HS (OH)
PF Caleb Dean, Midland C.C. (MI)

Overview: Howard Jr., the son of current NBA player Juwan Howard, highlights this four man class. At 6-foot-6, he can play a number of positions and has a nice array of post moves to compliment his midrange game. White is an athletic guard who can attack the basket, and Stainbrook and Dean offer developmental potential in the post. Overall, a solid class that is borderline top five in the MAC.

Top Prospect: The 6-foot-6 and 210 pound Howard Jr. brings a sound game and the ability to contribute early on. He has the pedigree having had the opportunity to learn from his father, and his ability to play either guard or forward will create matchup problems for opposing teams. He should be a very good MAC player during his career.




Ranking the 2010 MAC Recruiting Classes

1) Central Michigan
2) Ohio
3) Kent State
4) Miami (OH)
5) Akron
6) Bowling Green
7) Western Michigan
8) Northern Illinois
9) Ball State
10) Buffalo
11) Eastern Michigan
12) Toledo

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