That makes two commitments for UC during this recruiting cycle. Nick Williams, a 6-3 PG/SG out of Florida's Chipola JC, is already on the board. Ditto for Class of 2004 Ohio SG Jamar Butler.
Whaley, of course, committed to Missouri as a high school student. He ended up at Barton County due to legal problems stemming from a sexual assault charge.
He averaged 16.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and three blocks last year for coach Ryan Wolf's 22-10 Cougars, earning first-team All-American honors in the JuCo ranks.
It's not at all inconceivable to think that Cincinnati might have to re-recruit him this spring. The NBA -- and a dangling lottery pick in the draft -- likely will be a factor.
In the meantime, though, Huggins and Company can shift focus to filling its remaining two available scholarships. The Bearcat staff is aiming to land another big man along with a versatile guard or wing.
Among the top targets: Louisiana PF Brandon Bass, Houston PG/SG Tack Minor, South Atlanta SG/PG Vincent Banks and Vincennes JC SF/SG Jeff Varem.