New Ball State Staff Hot on Recruiting Trail

Ball State doesn't have a full basketball coaching staff yet, but they are already hitting the recruiting trail hard to fill out the roster.

In just 16 days on the job, new Ball State Men's Basketball Coach James Whitford has been a whirlwind of energy. First the first time head coach snagged one of the top, up and coming assistants in America in Brett Nelson, then the two hit the recruiting trail hard, searching for players to fill the final two scholarships available for 2013 and get a start on the 2014 class.

For the 2013 Class, there are 2 spots left to fill, and Coach Whitford has already handed out offers to two players in SGs Mark Alstork and Quinten Payne.

Alstork is a scoring machine from Dayton, OH (Thurgood Marshall). The smooth 6-4 guard has good range and the ability to get to the basket. After decommiting from Drake recently, Alstork has picked up offers from the Cardinals along with South Carolina, Canisius, Detroit, Longwood, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Air Force, Bethune-Cookman, Cleveland State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Illinois State, Radford, Winthrop and Wright State.

Payne, another 6-4 SG, was recently released from his Letter of Intent at Loyola after his older brother decided to transfer. The solid shooting and athletic Payne has offers from Ball State and Eastern Illinois and has picked up interest from Virginia Tech and Western Michigan since his release.

Another player who has met with Ball State coaches, but has yet to be offered is 6-8 200 PF Austin Karazsa of Linton-Stockton High School in Indiana. Karaszia has seen his stock soar since leading his team to the Class 2A state final where posted 29 points and 10 rebounds against a loaded Gary Bowman Academy. Karazsia has yet to pull an offer, but he is one to keep an eye on.

For the Class of 2014, there are 5 potential scholarships slots to fill, and the staff has already extended offers to several players.

The most recent addition to the list is 6-3 160 PG/SG Darrell Davis of Detroit's Douglass High School. Davis is a smooth guard who can play either spot. He has great range and is able to drive and find the open man. Davis is report to already have 25 college offers in his back pocket to choose from.

The most notable offered player is Zylan Cheatham. The 6-7 PF is a 4-star recruit and ranked as the #14 PF in the nation by Scout.com. He has numerous offers – most notably Arizona State, California, Oregon State, Memphis & Nebraska.

Ball State also offers 6-6 SF Sam Logwood from LaPorte, IN's LaLumiere Academy. Logwood burst on to the scene during the past season and has offers from Miami, Radford, IUPUI, Buffalo, Auburn, Indiana State, Bradley and New Orleans. Logwood is a long and lanky but smooth athlete that can score from anywhere.

Finally, Ball State re-upped on its scholarship offer to 6-9 PF/C Mack Mercer of Plymouth, IN. Mercer had been offered by former coach Billy Taylor's staff during the past season. Mercer holds offers from Indiana State, Kent State, Vermont, Rice and Boston College as well.

Finally, Ball State also checked in on 6-6 180 SF Kendall Rollins of Indianapolis Pike High School. Rollins has yet to get a scholarship offer from the Cardinals.

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