Too many players, not enough scholarships

Wonder what happens when there are more scholarship players than the max available of 13? Valparaiso found itself facing this situation for next season, after starting 08-09 short because of unplanned departures.

In March, Valparaiso head coach Homer Drew was going to have 15 scholarship players set for the 2009-10 season.

According to an article in Wednesday's Munster Times (Ind.), sophomore forward Benjamin Fumey, who turned 22 last month, is returning to his home in Germany to play professionally. Freshman guard Logan Jones is looking for a place to transfer, a Division I school or D-II where he can play immediately.

And one of the walk-ons, freshman guard Andrew Ferry is seeking. "... a school where he can become a key contributor," according to Thursday's Gary Post Tribune.

Valparaiso was surprised by a couple roster deletions last summer. Rising sophomore center Bryan Bouchie, a Finnish native, transferred to Evansville and rising junior swingman Samuel Haanpaa left for Upea Capo d'Orlando, a European pro team, with hopes of making the NBA.

Drew, talking about over-recruiting, told Post-Tribune reporter Mark Lazerus, "I don't like it. I don't like it at all. Basketball has changed so much.

On the flip side Drew noted, "Look at Florida, they lost seven players. It's really been difficult. Now you've got to recruit your own players just to keep them on campus. And it seems like it gets worse every year."