Here’s something to ponder during the summer. The Missouri Valley Conference compiled a list of men’s basketball recruits.
None of the high school guys made the Rivals top 150 for the class of 2010Creighton’s Doug McDermott (son of coach Greg, he originally signed with UNI) and Indiana State’s Jake Kitchell are, by the Rivals ranking, the top recruits. Both are worthy of three stars. SIU’s Devonte Drinkard, Creighton’s Will Artino and Aaron Cooper and Corey Copeland of Missouri State rated two stars.Creighton’s Gregory Echinique is probably the early pick for top recruit. He has 39 games of Division I experience at Rutgers, where he averaged 9.2 points and 8.2 rebounds as a freshman and seven games as a sophomore. Many times transfers from BCS conferences don’t live up to the hype in the MVC. Echinique will be a good addition if he duplicates those numbers and would likely lead the MVC in rebounding.Illinois State’s John Wilkins is the most intriguing recruit in the MVC. Ditching Bradley for its nearby rival is fun stuff for the rivalry.
BRADLEYAndrew Davis 6-10 C Edmond (Okla.) IMG Basketball Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)Walter Lemon, Jr. 6-3 G Fr. Chicago (Ill.) Julian High
CREIGHTONWill Artino 6-10 210 F Fr. Waukee (Iowa) High#Gregory Echinique 6-9 265 F So. Guatire (Venezuela)Doug McDermott 6-7 190 F Fr.Ames (Iowa) HighJahenns Manigat 6-2 160 G Fr. Ottawa (Ontario) Regional Elite Development Academy#transfer from Rutgers, eligible after first semester 2010-11
DRAKE ^Kurt Alexander 6-1 G Jr. Toronto (Ontario) Pine Ridge Secondary School#Jordan Clarke 6-7 220 F So. Rockport (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel HighJeremy Jeffers 6-6 190 W Fr. Wilson (N.C.) Greenfield HighKarl Madison 5-10 175 G Fr. Springfield (Ill.) Lamphier HighRayvonte Rice 6-3 220 G Fr. Champaign (Ill.) Centennial High&Kraidon Woods 6-8 215 F Jr. Hennryville (Pa.) Pocono Mountain East High^played at Iowa Central Community College; &transfer from Binghamton Univ.#transfer from Vermont, eligible in 2010-11EVANSVILLEKenny Harris 6-6 190 F Jr. St. Louis (Mo.) Vashon / Gateway Tech / Logan CollegeJordan Jahr 6-6 200 G Fr. Austin (Texas) Lake Travis High / Air Force PrepMatt Peeler 6-8 230 F Jr. Alamogordo (N.M.) High / Otero Junior College (LaJunta, Colo.)ILLINOIS STATE
Anthony Cousin 5-10 G So. Anchorage (Alaska) South High / Butler (Kan.) Community College Kenyon Smith 6-0 G So. Chicago (Ill.) Simeon High Jordan Threloff 6-10 240 C Fr. DeKalb (Ill.) High John Wilkins 6-9 215 F So. Southeastern (Iowa) Community College (my addition)
INDIANA STATEJake Kitchell 6-9 225 F Fr. Union Mills (Ind.) South Central HighSteve McWhorter 6-2 185 G Fr. Racine (Wis.) Saint Catherines HighMyles Walker 6-8 250 C Jr. San Antonio (Texas) Antonian College Prep / South Plains JCMISSOURI STATE Aaron Cooper 5-11 170 G Fr. Jacksonville (Ark.) North Pulaski HighCorey Copeland 6-3 180 G Fr. Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside HighNathan Scheer 6-5 200 F Fr. Washington (Mo.) St. Francis Borgia HighNORTHERN IOWANathan Buss 6-8 190 F Fr. Charles City (Iowa) HighMax Martino 6-5 195 F Fr. Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Kennedy HighChip Rank 6-6 215 F Fr. Cedarburg (Wis.) HighSOUTHERN ILLINOISMykel Cleveland 6-1 190 G Jr. Mobile (Ala.) Southwestern Illinois CollegeDevonte Drinkard 6-8 220 F Fr. Atlanta (Ga.) Stephens County HighTroy Long 6-0 165 G Jr. Cincinnati (Ohio) / Southeastern Illinois CollegeMamadou Seck 6-7 210 F Jr. Senegal / Southeastern Illinois CollegeErnest “Stretch” Watson 6-7 195 F Jr. Hyattsville (Md.) Progressive Christian / Trinity Valley CCWICHITA STATEEhimen Orukpe 7-0 250 C So. Delta (Nigeria) Three Rivers Community CollegeJoe Ragland 6-0 G Jr. West Springfield (Mass.) High / North Platte (Neb.) CCBen Smith 6-4 F Jr. Oklahoma City (Okla.) Southeast / Northern Oklahoma College