Coach Speak: Signing Roundup

You won't find too many happier college coaches than Matt Painter at Purdue. Find out what Painter has to say about a couple of his signees and what other college coaches said about their new guys on Wednesday - the first day of the early signing period.

Kansas State coach Bob Huggins on Michael Beasley: "Dontonio Wingfield was very talented and had great skill. I think Mike is a lot like Dontonio. He's not as physical as Don was, but he's more athletic than Don was, and Don was a pretty good athlete. Those two guys are probably the two big guys that I think were probably the most ready to play. Danny (Fortson) just worked so hard and go so much better, and Danny was a heck of a high school player."

Purdue coach Matt Painter on:

Scott Martin: ``Scott is somebody that just understands how to score the basketball. He can score a lot of different ways. Obviously, he is a three-point threat and has a range of about 22 to 23 feet. He has a nice pull-up, he has got a great mid-range game, and he has the ability to slash to the basket and get fouled or put the ball in the basket. He is very crafty when he posts up and he just causes mismatches. I think he puts the defense in a bind."

E'Twaun Moore: He has a very mature pulse to his game. That is something you do not see from young players very much. He knows what he is doing on the court. He knows when to go fast, he knows when to take his time and he understands angles. He has put a lot of time into his jump shot. At one time, the knock on him was consistency behind the arc. Now, he consistently makes threes, makes pull-ups, and he gets to the basket. He is very good on the defensive end at hawking the basketball and playing the passing lanes. He is deceptively athletic."

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo on:

Chris Allen: ``Normally, we don't recruit a lot in Georgia, but because of an aunt and uncle that live in Lansing, Chris Allen's been coming up here since he was 5 years old. I think it was a case where the institution made an impression on him early, and I think our Final Fours and success made an impression on him more recently. Once we started recruiting him, I think he fell in love with the school and we definitely fell in love with him. He's got good size at 6-4 and can shoot it like Shawn Respert with unlimited range, and he is great with the ball. What we learned during the recruiting process is that he is a much better athlete than we initially thought."

Kalin Lucas: "Kalin Lucas is the straw that stirs the drink. He can get into the paint as well as any guard I've seen in a lot of years. He's a Chris Paul-like player with incredible speed and jet quickness that gets him into the lane almost any time he wants. He has an improving 3-point shot, and at 6-0 can dunk the basketball. I think he has the potential of being one of the greatest point guards that we've had here at Michigan State because he has great offensive, defensive and athletic skills and a solid understanding of the game. You put all those things together and you have one of the top players in the country."

Arizona coach Lute Olson on:

Jamelle Horne: "Jamelle reminds me of Richard Jefferson. He's very athletic and a great defender"

Lavell Lucas-Perry: "We feel that Laval is the sleeper of this class," said Olson. "He's a competitor who won't back down from anyone."

Ohio State coach Thad Matta on Kosta Koufos: "Kosta is 7-1 with the shooting, passing and ballhandling skills of a guard. He is unique and will help us with what we are trying to do offensively."

Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson on Eric Gordon: "Eric Gordon is an immediate impact player wherever he goes. The fact that he is an Indiana kid is important as we move forward with the program in the future. Eric is a great player and an even better person. With an unbelievably supportive family in his parents and grandparents, he is the total package."

Florida coach Billy Donovan on Nick Calathes and Chandler Parsons: "Nick and Chandler are extremely talented players, who both come from a very sound program and are both very well coached. Nick has tremendous all-around skills, he can score, passes the ball extremely well and makes people around him better, while Chandler is a great addition to the frontcourt, can play a couple of different positions, has the ability to step out and hit shots, and is extremely versatile."

Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg on Jeff Allen: "Jeff Allen is as talented as any player that has arrived on this campus. He's got the size and strength of a power forward, but the skills of a small forward. He's got terrific hands and a feel for the game. He's a winning player with toughness. He's the type of player you need to compete year-in and year-out in the upper echelon of the ACC."

UCLA coach Ben Howland on Kevin Love: "Kevin Love signing with our program at UCLA is a huge and significant signing. He's the number one player in the country and he's the best passing and outlet passing big man that I've seen since Bill Walton at the college level. It is absolutely incredible the skill level he possesses for his size. In the history of UCLA basketball, we have never had a freshman average a double-double and I think that he definitely has that capability as a freshman next year. He's a very special talent, a great kid and has an unbelievable work ethic and attitude. The thing I appreciate the most about Kevin is that he makes everyone on his team better. This is a huge day for UCLA basketball."

Arizona State coach Herb Sendek on James Harden: "James is a great competitor, a natural scorer and has excelled against some great competition. He really attacks the basket and is excited about helping us build the program. Every time we saw him this summer he seemed to get better. He works on his game a lot and that is showing in his continued improvement."

LSU coach John Brady on Anthony Randolph: "Anthony Randolph is a tremendous signee for us. He certainly solidifies this class and makes this recruiting class as good as any we have had at LSU. Randolph can play multiple positions, both inside and outside. He's long, athletic ... even at 6-9, he can play with the ball in his hand. He has good size and a very strong skill level. We are extremely excited about bringing him in as a part of the LSU basketball program."

Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt on Gani Lawal: "Gani is a very important young man for the future of Georgia Tech basketball. Not only is he an outstanding talent, but he's also shown us through his academic work and how he conducts himself in the court that he can be one of the future leaders of this program."

Kansas coach Bill Self on Cole Aldrich: "Cole will be an excellent addition to our frontcourt. He has terrific size and a very high ceiling for his future. He is a true five man that is very skilled. We believe he can anchor our play on both ends of the court."

Southern Illinois coach Chris Lowery on Carlton Fay: "He's that blue-chip recruit that you need in each class to continue your success."

Dayton coach Brian Gregory on Chris Wright: "Signing a local player of Chris' talent level is obviously very big for our program. Bringing in a person of Chris' character may be even bigger for the University as a whole. He is definitely one of the elite athletes in the country but it is his work ethic, discipline, competitiveness and desire to improve that makes him so special. It is refreshing to be around a player with so much talent and yet is so humble. He really raised his game this past summer and put himself in position to earn some incredible honors this year."

Baylor coach Scott Drew on LaceDarius Dunn: ``The signing of LaceDarius shows how far our program has come; that Baylor basketball can attract national top 30 players. LaceDarius will remind some of the Baylor faithful of Vinnie Johnson of old; from the standpoint that he is capable of instant offense and scoring in bunches. At 6-4, he also has the physical presence to make a difference in the rebounding department as well."

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar on Matthew Bryan-Amaning: "Matthew has a 7-foot-3 wingspan at 6-foot-9, which allows him to play bigger than he is. Matthew, at that size is extremely skilled. He can handle the ball, he can pass the ball and he can score the ball. It's hard to get those kind of guys in your program and we feel that we got one."

Illinois coach Bruce Weber on Demetri McCamey: "The first thing that stands out about Demetri is that he has a big body for a point guard. He has great point guard skills and good athletic ability. He is a team-first player who is a leader and has the ability to score, create and defend."

Arkansas coach Stan Heath on Nate Rakestraw: ``He's a good all-around player, but in my mind, he's a shooting specialist. I really wanted someone with his ability. He's a little under the radar screen, but he had a very impressive summer and he played really well in that league with pros in Little Rock."


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