Fast forward and now Cronin is the headman for the Bearcats and returned to the fertile recruiting ground at Rice to secure a commitment from Scout.com's No. 100 prospect, 6-foot-4 wing Jermaine Sanders.
"The thing that sold me on them is that they have a great coach, great staff and one of the up and coming teams in the Big East," Sanders told Scout.com.
Sanders publicly hinted that he might wait until the spring to reach a decision. Cronin and company weren't fazed. "They always stuck around. When schools backed off when I thought about signing late, they stayed on me. I'll be signing in November."
Villanova, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Providence and St. John's expressed interest in the New Heights scorer. Sanders crept into the Scout.com Top 100 based on his left-handed ability to find the bottom of the net. Plain and simple: the kid can score.
Though Satterfield wasn't the reason for the decision, it didn't hurt that the Bearcats have a history with the program. "In the back of my mind, I knew Kenny Satterfield went there. That just helped me a little more in making my decision."