Spiders Catch Three In Recruiting Web

There are big recruiting weekends for a program and then there are huge recruiting weekends. Last weekend in Richmond, the Spiders spun a web that would attract three new commitments.

Commitments are coming at a pretty good pace these days, but at Richmond, they're rolling in like no other. Last weekend, Jerry Wainright's Spiders hosted power forward Drew Crank out of Virginia, Jahron Giddings out of North Carolina and Monty Sanders, another forward out of North Carolina.

By Tuesday morning, all three had committed and now join Courtney Nelson in the Spiders' recruiting class.

"We had a very big weekend there," Sanders said. "We had three commitments total last weekend.

"I already had made up my mind, the other two players hadn't. We got a long well and they were eager to do it actually."

Sanders is the son of former Harlem Globetrotter James "Twiggy" Sanders. Monty said his dad really helped walk him through the process. "He helped me out a lot. Having been through that and coaching college basketball, he gave me advice and helped me out a lot. Between him and my high school I'm very fortunate."

Rightfully so, Sanders feels like this current four-man class contains the building blocks for the future. "Coach Wainright really put together a class that will play off each other. Jahron is a real athletic forward. All four of us have a big upside. Courtney is ball quick and speedy. Crank is very skilled around the basket. He's one of the throwback big men.

"I consider myself a skilled forward and two guard. We've got four pieces that can be very good."

Sanders averaged 15 points and 9 rebounds last season.

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