Saturday, April 16, 2005

Tumultous Days for Falcon Hoops

Wow, its been a whirlwind of activity in Falcon Hoops land over the last 24 hours. We've already talked about Austin Montgomery leaving. Then, we learned that Scott Vandermeer, our promising big man, was leaving as well. He hasn't said where he is transferring, but he has been released.

Here's the updated story on our lost recruiting classes.

Stephen Wright--Productive player, still in program.
Ron Lewis--Two productive seasons, no junior year.
Raheem Moss--26 games, two starts, 66 career points, left program.

Chris Hobson, 28 games, 51 points, left program.
Austin Montgomery 56 games, 189 points, transferring.
Reggie Harwell--Nada.
Matt Lefeld--45 games, 52 points. Still in program.
Isaac Rosefelt--24 minutes, two points. Left Program.


Scott Vandermeer, 60 points and 40 fouls. Transferring.
Moon Robinson, ?, some potential.
Mawel Soler, decent bench player.

This is just sickening. I am very depressed at our prospects right now.

A second development is that Dan Dakich has been mentioned (a little) as a potential coach at Depaul.

DD's not going to get that DePaul job unless Gregory turns it down, and there may be others. I don't believe Dakich is seriously considered for anything other than a lateral move right now. He's had some OK teams, but has three dead recruiting classes and hasn't done anything after the West Virginia debacle. The longer this goes on, the less he looks like the hot propsect he was when we signed him.

You know, if he does get to DePaul, he will have world-class facilities. So will everyone else. I love it when people can't succeed at a one level, and sit around and say that they could really do well at a more competitive level. If DD was the kind of coach who could carry DePaul back to national prominence, he'd at least have a program that was prominent in the MAC over the last three seasons.

Finally, I'm not saying that DD can't recruit. I'm saying he hasn't recruited effectively. I'm saying his recruiting has borne very little fruit over the past three seasons. It doesn't matter why--moral degenerates, wimps, dunces, guys who miss their Mother--you can justify each one however you like. In total, our recruiting hasn't brought results.

Now, on to the positive news, and there is some. We have inked three recruits, two of whom could help right away--which is good, because we need it.

Samarco, who will have two years of eligibility remaining, was 13th in the country averaging 21 points per game and finished 14th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage making 46.7% of his shots. He connected on 122 of 261 three-pointers last season and was a first-team All-Region XII honoree.

"Martin brings to our team an ability to score and will have an immediate impact on our program," added Dakich. "He gives us a solid scoring threat from the outside and is an excellent addition to our team."

This is the scoring guard we all hoped we would sign, and that we really, really needed. Calling him an All-American is a stretch, but he was the 13th leading scorer in the US--that has to be worth something.

We also went to Europe for one of these 6'7" guys they seem to grow on trees who can shoot and play inside.

Radivojevic, 19, averaged 35 points and six rebounds for Takovo, a 3rd Division amateur program in his native land. He was a member of Beopetrol, Belgrade (the top junior team in Yugoslavia) and won cadet (under 16) and junior (under 18) national titles in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, he averaged 20 points per game with Borak, Cacak, a junior amateur squad.

"Dusan is a very experienced player who works hard, is a great shooter, and has excellent fundamentals," added Dakich.

Finally, we brought in a 6'4" kid who played for a state champion in Michigan.

Clements led the Rangers to the Michigan Class D state title and averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as a senior.

"Darryl is a very versatile, all-around player that has a real understanding of the game at both ends of the court.," said Dakich.

These guys join four other new players for a full SEVEN new bodies.

Jeremy Holland (6-8, Austin, Ind./Austin HS)
Erik Marschall (6-7, New London, Ohio/ New London HS)
Lionel Sullivan (6-6, Detroit, Mich./DePorres HS)
Nick Wilson (6-4, Trenton, N.J./Central HS).

I understand we have promising guys coming in this year. Many people thought the same thing about Montgomery-Rosefelt-Hobson-Harwell-Lefeld, too. Maybe these guys are different. But I'll believe it when I see it.

That's what I think. Don't mean to be too negative, but I am discouraged. I hope for the best, but I feel like everytime I do that it gets yanked away. We'll be at every home game next season--I'd love to come back and admit I underestimated the whole thing.

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