Winthrop Lands Four
Gregg Marshall's program has been to three straight NCAA Tournaments with their eyes on a fourth. The Rock Hill, S.C.-based program has taken care of recruiting early and is the owner of four commitments from the current class.
The cornerstone of the class appears to be 6-8, 235 pound power forward Kwbana Beckles. Last season, Beckles averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds for Palm Beach (FL) Junior College. He'll be counted on to contribute the moment he steps onto campus.
Joining him in the frontcourt will be Fayetteville (NC) Seventy-First forward Billy Houston and Kinston (NC) High power forward Herbert Hill. The two hail from a pair of the best high school programs in the Tar Heel State.
Houston averaged 13 points and 8 rebounds for a Seventy-First team, which competed for the 2001 state title, losing in the quarterfinals. Hill, 6-8, 210 pounds, averaged 12 points and 6 boards as a junior.
Gainesville (FL) Santa Fe small forward James Shuler averaged 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
This was a pivotal recruiting year for the Eagles. They'll lose five seniors, including 3 post players so the program has a lot of talent to replenish after this season. Adding four players with good size certainly will help their cause.