That recruiting class is considered by some as the top midmajor recruiting class in the nation and the best Miami class since 1995 (future NBA stars Wally Sczerbiak and Ira Newble, Minnesota Mr. Basketball Rob Mestas, Indiana Mr. Basketball Damon Frierson, and #4 all-time scorer in Massachusetts high school history Anthony Taylor). All five members of the 2009 class are slated to sign national letters of intent with Miami in the November early signing period.
Now is time to look towards the class of 2010. At the end of the 2009-10 season Miami will graduate one scholarship senior (Adam Fletcher) leaving one spot to fill. Despite landing what is being recognized as one of Miami's best recruiting classes ever, the glaring holes in the RedHawks' future is obviously at the two guard positions. Beginning with the 2010-11 season, the current roster for Miami will have only four guards. Those four consist of just one shooting guard (Rodney Haddix , a senior) and three ball handling guards (junior Kramer Soderberg and sophomores Allen Roberts and Orlando Williams).
Because Miami will lack depth at the guard spots in 2010-11, Miami will likely be looking for a guard with the lone scholarship available for the class of 2010. However, that may not be set in stone and with transfers that could occur over the next two years, Miami may also take a post player.
So today, RedHawk Insider looks at some of the players that Miami has shown some interest in for the Class of 2010.
In alphabetical order:
PG Ben Brust (6-2, 170) – Mundelein (IL) High School – Brust is a scorer known for making good decisions and hustle. Brust can shoot a three ball or set up teammates. Brust can also score on the drive the lane for a bucket. Brust has offers from Miami, Butler, Davidson, Loyola-Chicago, Illinois-Chicago, Valparaiso, Southern Illinois, Detroit, and Bradley.
SF Jess Chadwell (6-5, 190) – Georgetown (OH) High School – Chadwell was a Jess was a visitor at the Bowling Green-Miami football game on October 13, 2007 and attended Miami's Elite Camp last June. This past season, as a sophomore Chadwell was named SBAAC Conference Player of the Year. Chadwell average 19.1 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. Chadwell was also 1st Team All-District (SW Ohio) for Division IV.
CG Aaron Cosby (6-3, 175) – Jeffersontown (KY) High School – Cosby is a player Miami wants and has been recruiting since Cosby was a freshman in high school. Cosby is now ranked by one scouting service as the #1 player in the Kentucky class of 2010. Cosby likens his style of play to Monta Ellis of the Golden State Warriors. Cosby's strengths are scoring off the dribble and shooting. Cosby is working to improve his midrange game, creating for other teammates, and defense.
Cosby holds offers from Miami, Oklahoma State (Ford's new team), Ohio, Minnesota, Western Kentucky, and Indiana. He is also hearing from Purdue, Dayton, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Auburn. Cosby recently visited Miami on October 4, 2008 for the home football game versus Temple. It was Cosby's fourth visit to Miami.
2G Jordan Hicks (6-2, 210) – Lakota West High School, West Chester, Ohio – Hicks is a very muscular combo guard who has received an offer from Miami. Last year, Hicks took an unofficial visit to Miami the weekend of the Bowling Green home football game. Hicks is a very athletic player who can drive. He is also one of the top 10 football players in the state having already received an offer from Cincinnati to play linebacker.
PG Nick Kellogg (6-2) – DeSales High School, Columbus, Ohio – Kellogg is the son of former NBA/Ohio State great and CBS analyst Clark Kellogg. His older brother is Providence forward and former Miami target Alex Kellogg. He play AAU ball this past summer for CBIZ. As a sophomore this past season, Nick averaged 22.1 points per game and was the only non-senior to make first team Ohio All-Central District for Division II. In addition, he was 2nd team Division II All-Ohio. Miami has offered Kellogg.
PF Griffin McKenzie (6-9, 210) – Moeller H.S., Cincinnati, Ohio – McKenzie comes from the same high school that produced former Miami player/current assistant Jason Grunkemeyer and current Miami star post player Tyler Dierkers. For these reasons, Coach Grunkemeyer has been the lead recruiter for McKenzie.
McKenzie is not your prototypical back to the basket power forward. While he certainly has the ability to finish strong in the post, McKenzie also has a strong outside shot. He shot 49.1% from the field and 37.5% from behind the arc. Most impressive for a big man is his 75% free throw shooting. McKenzie says his game is comparable to NBA star Dirk Nowitzki. He says he can play facing the basket or with his back to the basket. He can also defensively guard both on the perimeter and in the post.
McKenzie said the schools interested in him are "Miami, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Butler, Purdue, Iowa, Ohio State, West Virginia, Wright State, Indiana, Xavier, Wisconsin, Dayton, and Michigan." Of those, only Cincinnati and Miami have offered a scholarship. In late July, McKenzie told RedHawk Insider that his leaders are "Notre Dame, Xavier, Butler, Ohio State and both Cincinnati and Miami because they have offered me."
CG Kevonte Martin (6-2, 190) – Brother Rice High School, Birmingham, Michigan – Left handed combo guard who has early interest from MAC, Big Ten, and Atlantic 10 schools. Martin plays summer AAU ball with The Family.
PF Victor Moses (6-6, 230) – Shawnee C.C., Ullin, Illinois – Miami has shown some interest in Moses last year as a high school senior at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky. Moses is an undersized power forward who just plays hard. Moses can post up and take defenders outside.
PG Quinten Rollins (6-0, 175) – Wilmington (OH) High School – Rollins played very well at Miami's Elite Camp last June. As a sophomore, Quinten Rollins was named the FAVC Cardinal Division player of the year and earned Ohio Southwest District first-team honors. Quinton is also an honor roll student.
WF Josh Sewell (6-5, 200) – Trinity High School, Louisville, Kentucky – Although from Ohio, like many underclassmen in Kentucky, Sewell played AAU ball with the Ohio Basketball Club (OBC) this past summer. In that time he has improved his shooting and ball handling. Sewell has offers from Western Kentucky, Marshall, Akron, Ohio, Miami of Florida, Wright State and Virginia Commonwealth. Sewell also has interest from Miami, Louisville, Xavier, Dayton, Wisconsin, and Stanford.
PF J.D. Weatherspoon (6-7, 200) – Northland High School, Columbus, Ohio – Weatherspoon is a dunk a minute kind of player. Very athletic. He plays AAU ball for All-Ohio Red, the best AAU team in the nation for his age group. Weatherspoon is a top 10 player in the loaded Ohio class of 2010. He holds offers from Akron, Bowling Green, James Madison, Xavier, Ohio, and Purdue.
Other players from Ohio that Miami may target in the near future:
PG Courtney Avery (5-11) Lexington (OH) High School
PG Ryan Bass (5-9) Chaminade-Julienne High School, Dayton, Ohio
2G Jordan Berlin (6-2) Wilmington (OH) High School
PG. Barry Cobb (5-9) North College Hill (OH) High School
2G Anton Hutchins (6-3) -- Lima (OH) High School
PG. Derek Jackson (6-0) Benedictine High School, Cleveland, Ohio
2G. Geron Johnson (6-3) Dunbar High School, Dayton, Ohio