No Big Surprise: McClain To Big East

It's no big secret: Anthony McClain is now a Big East player. During an official visit, McClain penned the letter of intent with one major college program.

Mick Cronin's Cincinnati Bearcats scored a significant recruit. On Wednesday there were four Top 50 players from the Class of 2007 available. By Thursday morning, there were three.

Anthony McClain, a 7-footer out of Fort Washington (Md.) National Christian, committed to the Bearcats while on his official visit. The 13-point, 11-rebound center also considered Connecticut, Tennessee and Georgetown.

"The visit is going great," National Christian head coach Trevor Brown said. "I told him if he liked it, go ahead and sign and get it over with. He just likes the coaching staff and wasn't interested in talking to everyone who wants to call late."

McClain is now the centerpiece of a very good Cincinnati recruiting class. A prospect that has made strides the past two seasons, McClain will bring length, defense and significant size to the Bearcats backline.

For Brown and McClain, Mick Cronin more that demonstrated that he's got the Bearcats ship sailing in the right direction in the rough and tumble Big East.

"I've known Mick for a long time and I think he's a good young guy who's come up in the coaching ranks," Brown said. "He's been at Cincinnati in the Big East and he did a good job last year in the Big East and might not have had Big East talent. We knew he'd bring in great talent.

"What swung it was after watching them play and knowing that they would recruit him, they had no real big coming in. It was the prospect of immediate playing time. He can come on and play 25 minutes if he's capable of doing that. For his continued development, getting on the court and being able to play was the most important thing."

After McClain's departure, the highest rated players still on the board at Patrick Patterson (No. 11), Alex Legion (33) and Jai Lucas (46).

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