Deveroes UC First Look

For years, the Deveroes Summer League has provided local fans a first look at the University of Cincinnati recruiting class and this season is no different. Well, sort of. The Bearcats' six-man class could be the best class under Mick Cronin.

The biggest word coming out of Clifton this summer is potential as it relates to Shaquille Thomas, Ge'Lawn Guyn, Octavious Ellis, Jermaine Sanders, Jeremiah Davis and Cheikh Mbodj.

"This group has a lot of potential coming in," said former Bearcats star Corie Blount.

"They look athletic and get up and down the floor. It's the summer league and the competition isn't all that stiff, but there is some talent. I like what I see so far. These freshmen are coming into a different environment."

Senior forward Yancey Gates, who is one of two veterans playing on the SLATS team, has been impressed with youthful teammates.

"I think they have a lot of potential," said Gates. "This year, they will help us big and down the line they will really be good players for Cincinnati."

When pressed on which players would provide the biggest impact, Gates didn't have the answers.

"It's tough because all of them do something different," answered Gates. "At this point it's hard to say because they are all just learning."

The one player that is receiving glowing reviews is the lone non-freshman of the group Mbodj. In his two games thus far, has pulled down 15 rebounds with 10 blocks in 30 total minutes on the court.

"I thought he was 6-2 the way he was running the floor out there," said Blount. "He is going to be a real good player. He kind of reminds me of myself the way he runs the court and blocks shots."

Gates added, "Once Cheikh get in a rhythm, he just got here. Once get in that rhythm and start really working out I think he is going to be real good for us."

The consensus surrounding the 6-7 Thomas is that he is going to have to hit the weight room. At 195, he hasn't had any difficulties using his athleticism in the summer as he is currently leading SLATS in scoring with 13.8 points per game, while shooting 58 percent from the field. However, Deveroes isn't the BIG EAST. Bearcats comparison: Darnell Wilks

Jermaine Sanders has been effective this summer, scoring 6.2 points per game. He has showed the ability to play sufficient defense in a league where not a lot of defense is played. Bearcats comparison: Rashad Bishop

The Bearcats will have a plethora of options handling the ball, relieving Dion Dixon of that task this season. Guyn and Davis have played the point relatively well this summer, although neither has a positive assist to turnover ratio. Davis has 17 assists with 24 turnovers, while Guyn has struggled a bit with two assists and 12 turnovers. Bearcats comparison: Cashmere Wright

Davis is also third on the team in scoring with 12.2 points per contest. Bearcats comparison: Steve Logan

Ellis arrived in Cincinnati this past weekend, but has yet to play for SLATS yet.


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