Plenty of roster changes for many of our teams. Things are starting to round into place…
- Joe Mihalich garnered his third commitment for 2013, as point guard Eliel Gonzalez committed to Hofstra last week. Gonzalez played at Florida Air Academy where he averaged a gaudy 11.6 points, 8.1 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game.
The 6’3″ guard also played on Puerto Rico’s National U16 Team in 2011. His prep school experience should help him become a key contributor for the Pride this season.
- On the other end of the spectrum, former Hofstra commit Marquis Moore pledged to George Mason. Moore played this past season at St. Thomas More Prep, and profiles as a combo guard. Ryan Kish fills you in on Moore, with plenty of good quotes and links.
Kish also wrote about Jalen Jenkins’ redshirt season at George Mason. Since arriving as a 17-year-old, the freshman Jenkins has added 26 pounds of muscle.
- Buzz Peterson welcomed two new Seahawks into the fold. A few weeks back, Brian Mull mentioned that JUCO Addison Spruill was on campus for a visit. Spruill pledged to UNCW last week, and should provide the Seahawk backcourt with a scorer’s punch.
Here’s one from the 2009 files: Ben Eblen will play his final season at The Dub. You may remember that Eblen, a former VCU recruit, followed Anthony Grant to Alabama, where he played three seasons for the Crimson Tide.
Eblen graduated from Alabama in December, and did not play in the 2012-2013 season. He’ll be eligible to play in the upcoming season, and Mull expects Eblen to bring leadership and defense to UNCW.
To summarize UNCW’s offseason so far: Peterson recruited new assistant coaches Eddie Biedenbach and Houston Fancher, and pulled in two veteran guards (Eblen and Spruill) with collegiate experience who can help him immediately. Peterson will have the personnel to employ the four guard lineup he alluded to earlier this offseason.
- Northeastern picked up two commitments from the state of Virginia last week. 6’2″ CJ Hill’s stock started to blow up during the Hoop Group Jam Fest a few weeks back. Hill went to Westfield High School in VA, where he averaged 15 points per game as a senior. Hill’s older brother in New York Giants (William & Mary graduate) defensive end Adrian Tracy.
- With so many graduating seniors, James Madison will have to make plenty of changes to incorporate six new freshmen. Per Mark Selig, Matt Brady and company will employ a scheme that fits the skill sets of his new players.
- Towson’s Offseason Blog Series with Marcus Damas continues, and is definitely worth a read.