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 2010 Creighton’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.
BRADLEY Andrew Davis 6-10 C Edmond (Okla.) IMG Basketball Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) Walter Lemon, Jr. 6-3 G Fr. Chicago (Ill.) Julian High
CREIGHTON Will 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) High Jahenns 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 High Jeremy Jeffers 6-6 190 W Fr. Wilson (N.C.) Greenfield High Karl Madison 5-10 175 G Fr. Springfield (Ill.) Lamphier High Rayvonte 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 2010-11 EVANSVILLE Kenny Harris 6-6 190 F Jr. St. Louis (Mo.) Vashon / Gateway Tech / Logan College Jordan Jahr 6-6 200 G Fr. Austin (Texas) Lake Travis High / Air Force Prep Matt 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 STATE Jake Kitchell 6-9 225 F Fr. Union Mills (Ind.) South Central High Steve McWhorter 6-2 185 G Fr. Racine (Wis.) Saint Catherines High Myles Walker 6-8 250 C Jr. San Antonio (Texas) Antonian College Prep / South Plains JC MISSOURI STATE Aaron Cooper 5-11 170 G Fr. Jacksonville (Ark.) North Pulaski High Corey Copeland 6-3 180 G Fr. Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside High Nathan Scheer 6-5 200 F Fr. Washington (Mo.) St. Francis Borgia High NORTHERN IOWA Nathan Buss 6-8 190 F Fr. Charles City (Iowa) High Max Martino 6-5 195 F Fr. Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Kennedy High Chip Rank 6-6 215 F Fr. Cedarburg (Wis.) High SOUTHERN ILLINOIS Mykel Cleveland 6-1 190 G Jr. Mobile (Ala.) Southwestern Illinois College Devonte Drinkard 6-8 220 F Fr. Atlanta (Ga.) Stephens County High Troy Long 6-0 165 G Jr. Cincinnati (Ohio) / Southeastern Illinois College Mamadou Seck 6-7 210 F Jr. Senegal / Southeastern Illinois College Ernest “Stretch” Watson 6-7 195 F Jr. Hyattsville (Md.) Progressive Christian / Trinity Valley CC WICHITA STATE Ehimen Orukpe 7-0 250 C So. Delta (Nigeria) Three Rivers Community College Joe Ragland 6-0 G Jr. West Springfield (Mass.) High / North Platte (Neb.) CC Ben Smith 6-4 F Jr. Oklahoma City (Okla.) Southeast / Northern Oklahoma College