Hens Add '08 and '09's From Virginia

Monte Ross' Delaware Blue Hens scored twice in the state of Virginia. UD added a current senior and rising one to its recruiting efforts.

The Delaware Blue Hens mined the Tidewater area for a pair of prospects this week. Monte Ross' squad added a 2008 late commitment and stashed away another from the Class of 2009.

Kelvin McNeil, a 6-foot-7 power forward out of Massanutten Military Academy by way of Menchville, pledged to play for the Hens. "They moved quickly to get these two commitments," BWSL B team coach Ed Huckaby told Scout.com. "The thing about these guys was they wanted to get in the program where the coach was just getting the program and getting his guys in."

McNeil spent the last year at prep school. His recruitment got derailed by a knee injury. An explosive athlete prior to the injury, McNeil needed overtime to get himself squared away.

"His summer was great," Huckaby said. "Here's the deal. Kelvin, if he went to prep school, he'd be recruited in the SEC, etc., if he waited a year. But, he's in a good situation. At 6-foot-8, the kid has ball skills. He can create for other guys. He's going to be fine once they get his strength and conditioning fine."

McNeil looked at East Carolina, Winthrop and eventually Florida Atlantic before selecting the Hens.

McNeil's AAU teammate was Malcolm Hawkins, a 6-foot-5 wing out of Virginia Beach (Va.) Norview. The small forward/wing guard received interest from Old Dominion, Liberty, East Carolina, St. Francis and Charleston Southern.

"He's an excellent defender. He can shoot it and handle the ball. He plays hard and really wants to win. The kid is just good. I think he's in the Top 4-6 guys in the senior class in the 757 (area code). Hawkins is very versatile; he takes pride in his defense."

The Blue Hens, expected to be much improved in the CAA, headed south and scored themselves a pair of players. "They got two of our guys," Huckaby said. "They did a very good job. Monte Ross was really impressive."


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