Ping will be joined by Alonzo Edwards, a 6-foot-6 bruising forward out of Klein Forest in Houston, Tex. Edwards ran with Houston Select this summer and could wind up evolving into a Big 12 sleeper recruit. Physically, he'll be ready to come in and play right away in the league.
According to the Lincoln Star Journal, Ping averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds as a freshman last season.
Ball State found itself a point guard.
Coach Thompson locked down Melvin Goings, a 6-footer out of Humble (Tex.) Christian Life Center.
The relationship that he has with Coach Thompson; when he came down to talk to him it wasn't about basketball," CLC coach Russell Johnson said. "He was talking about real life, things he needed to do to be a man. That's what sold it. He took a visit, he loved it and he loves the fact that he's going to have a relationship with his head coach. That was the most important thing."
Last year Goings averaged 25 points and 6 assists.
Winthrop is hot. Gregg Marshall landed George Valentine last week and now he's got a guard to go with him.
Marc-David Vil, a 6-foot-3 point guard, is headed to the program after visiting Winthrop and High Point. Both schools hopped all over the Canadian point who managed to fly under the radar. Vil played at the Harley Davidson Jamfest where Scout.com wrote him up as a mid-major prospect. This is a young man with a presence on the defensive end who should prove to be a strong score for the program.
Camden Miller, a power forward from Wheelersburg High in Ohio. As a junior, he averaged 17.1 points and 6.3 rebounds.
"He's kind of a four-three," coach Tom Barrick said. "He plays the power forward for us but he's got some perimeter game to him. He puts it on the floor pretty well for his size. I think he'll be a good combination player at the (college) level. He's got to bulk up and put some weight on."
Ronald Steward, a point guard out of Columbus, Ohio, is headed to Akron. The Zips picked up the 5-foot-10 point man last week and he became the 3rd commitment in the class from Akron, according to a source.
Steve Swiech and Brett McKnight were in the fold prior to his Steward's pledge. Steward is a fast guy who can set the tempo of an offense.