Saturday, March 21, 2009

Updated Basketball Recruiting Scorecard

For a while, I have tracked our hoops recruiting because I contended that the current malaise of our program is the severe shortage of quality players we have brought in and/or kept since Dan's little trip to WVU. Now, my goal is to keep an eye on where our players are coming from, as well as to document how Coach Orr changes the fortunes.

A couple observations. That 05-06 class is very interesting. It was a huge class, and at the time was kind of viewed as an opportunity to reboot the system. Obviously, eight players came in, and four of them washed out almost totally. But, any class that includes Clements, Moten, Samarco and Marschall has to be seen as a success, especially as those guys actually complete their tenure at BG. It has to rank as our most productive recruiting class in the post-WVU era.

It certainly contrasts well with, say, the 03-04 class and 04-05 class.

Also, people often carry on about transfers. With that in mind, I think it is important to remember that both Nate Miller and Brian Moten--two of our three seniors and our only two All-MAC types--were both transfers. Other schools have used this effectively (like Kent) and we shouldn't reject it out of hand as Falcon fans--especially since we had two transfers sitting out here this year.

Falcon Hoops Recruiting Scorecard, Updated March 2009

Stephen Wright--Productive player, left prior to his senior season.
Ron Lewis--Two productive seasons, no junior year. Prominent Big 10 player.
Raheem Moss--26 games, two starts, 66 career points, left program. Contributing at Cleveland State.

Chris Hobson, 28 games, 51 points, left program.
Austin Montgomery 56 games, 189 points, transferred.
Reggie Harwell--Nada.
Matt Lefeld--A contributing senior and a true warrior. Academic All-American
Isaac Rosefelt--24 minutes, two points. Left Program for stellar DIII career.
John Floyd--Played 59 games averaging 8.4 ppg. 247 career assists Left program.


Scott Vandermeer, 60 points and 40 fouls. Transfered, contributed at UIC where I think he ended up as a pretty good player.
Moon Robinson, Left program after sophomore season. Transferred.
Mawel Soler, completed eligibility. Effective player, even good in spots.


Jeremy Holland--left program after one practice
Nick Wilson--left program without playing a game.
Lionel Sullivan--Sayonara. 30 minutes, 6 points.
Dusan--Minor contributions. Left program prior to Junior Season.
Erik Marschall--Coming off injury he contributes effectively off the bench.
Daryl Clements--Good contributing player, played strong D, stable presence and probably underappreciated player.
Brian Moten--MAC sixth man of the year in junior season and all-MAC HM as a senior. Good player at this level, had game-changing shooting potential.
Martin Samarco--2nd team All-MAC, legit D1 player. Finished career.


Ryne Hamblett--Contributing player, but kicked off team prior to senior season.
Brandon Bland--Left the program.
Marc Larson--Gets minutes, is more valuable than his stats indicate.
Otis Polk--Can be a force in middle.
Ryan Sims--left team early in Junior year. Made little contribution.
Nate Miller--All-MAC First team. Great player, carried team into post-season.

Chris Knight--Performed very effectively in spots, has ability to be a good player. (Technically, he is a Dakich recruit).
Joe Jakubowski--Quality player, good addition to the program.
Cameron Madlock--Transferred out.

Dee Brown--Limited playing time, has potential.
Scott Thomas--Strong performer off bench, has All-MAC ability.
Au'ston Calhoun--Redshirt.

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