Thursday, April 04, 2013

Men's Basketball Recruiting Round-up

So, this has been going on for a few years.  One of the very good points being made is that BG basketball didn't get to be average when Louis Orr got here.  It has only rarely been more than average since the ill-fated WVU adventure.  I'm not saying that's a cause, I'm just saying we were a successful program before and not since.

The most significant cause--not to put too fine a point on it--has been the lack of talented players.  Below is a year by year listing of BG's recruiting classes for men's basketball.  It contains both players who did not stay and players who did and failed to rise much above average.

We can close the door on the '08-09 class.  It was pretty good.  In fact, with Brown, Thomas and Calhoun, it was probably the 2nd best BG class of the post-WVU era and the best under Coach Orr.  The best, in my view, is 05-06, with Marschall, Moten, Samarco and Clements, three of whom who formed the core of a MAC regular season title team.  This was a Dakich class.

The 09-10 class can also be closed.  It is less successful.  You have Crawford who certainly made his mark, but behind that you have Kraus and Erger, who were never highly accomplished players, and DaVon Haynes, who is an accomplished player but he is doing it for Arkansas Pine-Bluff.  And Danny McElroy.

Anyway, without further delay, here is the annual update of the recruiting scorecard.

Falcon Hoops Recruiting Scorecard, Updated April 2013

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. Contribued 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--Injury plagued career ended with effective senior season.
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, 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--Productive starter.
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--Transferred following two seasons at BG. (Technically, he was a Dakich recruit).

Joe Jakubowski--Four year starter, among the program's career leaders in assists and steals.
Cameron Madlock--Transferred out.

Dee Brown--1,000 point scorer.
Scott Thomas--Third team All-MAC as senior. 1,000 point scorer. 10th in career assists, 10th in career rebounds, 6th in career 3-pointers.
Au'ston Calhoun--Two-time Second-team All-MAC, 19th all-time leading scorer @BGSU.
Adrion Graves--left before appearing as a Falcon.
Darion Goins--Played sparingly, left team in first season as a Falcon

Jordon Crawford--Honorable mention All-MAC.  1,000 pt scorer, 4th in career assists, 5th in steals.
James Erger--Averaged 10 minutes per game as a Senior.  Role player.
Luke Kraus--Started 25 games as a senior.  Scored 4 points per game.
DaVon Haynes---Left program without playing.  Averaged 12 points and 7 RPG for Ark-Pine Bluff.
Danny McElroy--Left program. Ran afoul of the law.

Anthony Henderson--Made 9 starts as a RS-SO shooting 32%.
Cam Black--29 starts as a JR.  Defensive specialist. Averaged 19 minutes per game.
Torian Oglesby--Juco. Solid role player. Set NCAA record for most consecutive FGs.
Craig Sealey--Averaged 10 minutes as a junior.

Jehvon Clarke--Played 12 minutes per game as SO, shot 32%.
Chauncey Orr--Team's 3rd leading scorer as SO.
Desmond Rorie--Left program without appearing in a game.

Richaun Holmes--Set school record for blocked shots.  Averaged 6.5/5 in 19 MPG.
Spencer Parker--Made 15 appearances as a FR.


Zach Denny, DII, All-Ohio Second team 35.0 points per game
JD Tisdale...All-State Special Mention, Michigan....and Flint Dream Team.
Mayleben...8.6/6.3 for Milford this year.
Gomez....Iona Transfer

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