Men's Hoops Recruiting Database

This season we've been given a glimpse into what might be the future of Men's Basketball at the University of Idaho. Coach Perry and the rest of the Idaho staff have this year's squad doing something it hasn't done in awhile...playing inspired basketball. Inspired to exceed not just the fan's humble expectations, but quite likely the expectations of the team itself. This article is a glimpse into who will, and who might, be wearing Silver and Vandal Gold in the near future.

As Coach Perry and the rest of the Idaho Vandals head into the Big West Tournament this week (Idaho plays Utah State Thursday - March 7 - at approximately 3pm), the effort his team displayed this year points to a feeling of optimism in the Vandal basketball program. Rarely does a coach come along that can truly impart the desire to win in his athletes, and the confidence that if they do what he asks, they'll be successful. That happened this year (Perry's first season as Head Coach at his alma mater), to the extent that a team significantly shorter than every team it faced this year (the tallest Vandal is 6-6) on several occasions outrebounded its opponents, and often outhustled them for boards and turnovers.

Equally impressive is the effort this team made to first believe in what Coach and the staff were teaching, then execute the game plan to the best of their abilities. Many congratulations to the entire team on their accomplishments this season, and for returning to the Big West tournament during a season where few expected as much.

As far as the future of Vandal hoops under Coach Perry's leadership, things are looking to get back on track on the Palouse. Obviously, the effort of the team this season hardly means a BWC championship and NCAA tournament birth is in store for Idaho next season. But, the team should soon become more competitive in the conference race over the next few years as the staff fills the roster with the players they need to run their brand of basketball.

With regard to recruiting, the Vandals appear to be off to a good start already, having landed 2 talented recruits in Dave Radlovic and Delvin Spruel. Below are their bio's, along with several prospects the staff is "rumored" to be busy recruiting. The group is solid, and (as could be anticipated) heavy with forwards and centers. Overall, its a good group of athletes, with a healthy mixture of JC transfers and high school prospects (given the rapid rebuilding job currently underway by the staff).

We look forward to watching Delvin and Dave develop at Idaho, and look forward to welcoming others in the months ahead.


Committed to The University of Idaho
Class of 2002

(Courtesy Lee College)

(Courtesy www.GrassRoots.fan.ca)
Delvin Spruel, 6-2, 180
Shooting Guard
David Radlovic, 6-8, 220
Power Forward


The recruiting class is off to a great start with the signings of Delvin and David. Below is a look at who Idaho is "rumored" to be recruiting at the moment.

Guards Tim Ellis, 6-3, 185, College of Southern Idaho
Dwayne Williams, 6-2, 180, Kennedy-King Junior College (IL)

Forwards
and
Centers
Keith Christmas, PF, 6-6, 230, Gary West Side HS; Gary, IN
Yanifs Ducreay, C, 6-9, 270, Berkshire School; Homestead, FL
Kareem Johnson, F/C, 6-8, 240, Chipola Junior College (FL)
Jack May, PF, 6-8, 225, College of Southern Idaho


In November Idaho received a verbal commitment from 6-8 Power Forward Brian Freeny, a highly regarded prospect (ranked at one point among the Top 100 by Hoop Scoop National Ranking Service) out of Mesquite High School in Arizona. However, it looks now like he may not qualify academically for the University of Idaho. If anything changes regarding Brian's status, we'll publish an update immediately. In the meantime we wish the best for Brian and hope to see him land on his feet, either at Idaho or wherever the road leads him.




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