Bruce Kreutzer, the head coach, has done it all in terms of experience. He's coached at every level, scouted professionally and now he's the skipper of a prep program that is attracting players from all parts of the United States and overseas.
With 200 students at the school tucked away in a mountainous rural area, the 12 men on the basketball roster concentrate on hoops in a setting designed to help them grow in the classroom and off the court. It's a pretty tight knit bunch with an emphasis on improving.
Speaking of improvement, Massanutten's top prospect has come a long way since arriving at the school. You may recall Fabrise Tafo if you've seen Blessed IJN on the summer circuit, but you might not recognize him. He's made some nice strides with his game.
Tafo, a combo forward out of Cameroon, is a very nice athlete who picks up a little more basketball knowledge each time out. Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan are recruiting this competitive 6-foot-6 forward.
Tafo, center Chris Timba, power forward Bill Eaddy and Xavier Kilby comprise the main pieces of the Massanutten frontcourt. Timba, another Cameroonian, played at St. Patrick's in Jersey last year. Kilby, originally from Arizona, and Eaddy, a native of Michigan, should all get recruited from the low-to-mid-major levels.
Eaddy should be an important player on this squad because of his ability to play inside and his stroke to mid-range on the perimeter. He'll visit Cleveland State the weekend of September 18th and head coach Mike Garland was in attendance the day we were in the gym.
West Virginia native Tyler Benson, a young man with an SAT score near 1,000, is sure to draw attention this winter as well. Holy Cross, Birmingham Southern and American have showed recent interest in this perimeter marksman who figures to be a zone buster in college.
Providing the wing athleticism will be Majok Chol, a 6-foot-4 swing man who, according to the coaching staff, is in some fashion related to former Duke star Luol Deng.
Massanutten is playing a very competitive schedule that includes an appearance at the prestigious War On The Shore in November. With no less than 6 Division I prospects, college coaches will find that it's a nice stop on the prep school circuit, especially from mid and low-major programs. Looking toward the future, Kreutzer will have his share of foreign players in the coming years and this is a program to watch.
Schools in Attendance 9/10 Cleveland State, UNC-Wilmington, Penn State, The Citadel, Gardner-Webb.