Future Hawks Get Awards, But One Not Coming?

One of Miami's best recruiting classes in the history of the school has lived up to the billing and has earned the hardware to prove it. This past season, this class has produced one 1st team All-American, one Mr. Basketball, one Cincinnati player of the year, and multiple conference players of the year and all-state selections. However, one future RedHawk likely will not make it to Oxford.

One of Miami's best recruiting classes in the history of the school has lived up to the billing and has earned the hardware to prove it. This past season, this class has produced one 1st team All-American, one Mr. Basketball, one Cincinnati player of the year, and multiple conference players of the year and all-state selections. However, one future RedHawk likely will not make it to Oxford.

DREW KELLY

6'7" power forward Drew Kelly was named Tennessee AAA (big school) Mr. Basketball. Kelly is the first Mr. Basketball to sign with Miami since Chet Mason won Ohio's co-Mr. Basketball award in 2000 (as well as USA Today Ohio Player of the Year). Kelly was also voted by the Nashville City Paper as the best post player. Kelly averaged 31.7 points, 14 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game.

Kelly also scored 67 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists in an elite high school tournament over the holidays. He finished with more than 2,800 career points.

Besides Miami, Kelly was offered by Notre Dame, George Mason, Southern Illinois, Middle Tennessee State, Western Kentucky, Belmont, Marshall, and Furman.

ORLANDO WILLIAMS

Orlando Williams has also gathered his share of trophies this season. Williams was the leading scorer on a team that had at least four future NCAA Division I basketball players. "O" averaged 17.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.7 steals for the Princeton Vikings.

Willaims led his school to the Ohio Division I championship game before falling to Columbus Northland. In the final, Williams scored 19 points and grabbed 10 boards. Princeton was also GMC champs.

For his efforts, the 6'1" combo guard was named the Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year, Southwest Ohio District Player of the Year, GMC Conference Co-Player of the Year, and was a 1st team Ohio Division I (big school) All-state selection.

Williams had offers from Bowling Green, Kent State, Wright State, Tulane, and Ohio University.

Williams and fellow Miami signee Allen Roberts had been bitter conference rivals playing for the two best teams in Cincinnati. But on Saturday, April 11, 2009, they got to be teammates for the 1st time playing for Ohio in the Ohio-Kentucky All-star game at Thomas More College. The night before, Williams won the slam dunk competition.

Redhawk Insider caught up with Williams at the All-star game (which was won by Kentucky). Williams was able to score 11 points in the limited time each player was given on the court. Williams said, "It went alright. We lost. We didn't play as well as we wanted to, but we are having fun."

Williams enjoyed his first taste of playing with Roberts. Williams said, "Real fun. We click together. We now know what it will be like to play together on the next level."

Williams stated what his plans are for the summer, "Staying in the gym getting big, working on my game." Williams will play with other Miami basketball players in the Deveroes summer league.

ALLEN ROBERTS

6'2" Allen Roberts earned his awards as well. He was 2nd team Southwest Ohio All-District, 1st Team All-GMC (3rd straight season for this award), Honorable Mention All-State, and Cincinnati Enquirer 1st Team All-Cincinnati.

Roberts averaged 16.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.9 assists this season.

Roberts also enjoyed playing with Orlando Williams in the Ohio-Kentucky All-star game. "Good combination, I like the fit already," Roberts said. "I can tell we are going to compliment each other when it comes to points and just playing the game period. So it was nice." Roberts scored 5 points in the game.

As for this summer, Roberts plans on doing the "same thing" as Williams, "Just working out in summer with Miami in Deveroes League and getting better."

Roberts, whose mother is a Miami graduate, is happy to follow in her footsteps. "I love Miami. Go RedHawks!"

Roberts also had offers from Wright State, Kent, Toledo, St. Bonaventure, Richmond, Bowling Green, and Butler.

DREW MCGHEE

6'10" big man Drew McGhee was named West Shore Conference Player of the Year. He led North Ridgeville to a conference title and an Ohio Elite 8 appearance. McGhee said his averages were "probably 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 or 6 blocks."

McGhee was offered by Miami, Toledo, Akron, WMU, BGSU, CMU, Davidson, Penn State, Butler, Kent, and Marquette.

McGhee hopes to take up the role left by departing senior Tyler Dierkers. "(He did) really good. I hope I can (fill his shoes). He is a great player and really athletic. The way he moves up and down the floor is really amazing, so I would be very happy to be able to replace that."

McGhee expects that nothing will be handed to him. "I will have to work for everything I get, I understand that," said McGhee. "I am willing to do that. Hopefully I can get some playing time as a freshman and work for as much as I can get."

McGhee is excited to play with his 2009 classmates. "It is going to be fun. I can't wait to play with them. We are going to be young next year, but playing with them at the open gym at Miami that one time and hearing how they are doing so far, I think next year is going to be great and we are going to do fine." McGhee added, "I am glad we are having the recruiting class that we have coming into Miami because I think we are going to do good."

MARK ANDERSON

Sinclair Community College 6'7" wing forward Mark Anderson was named 1st Team DII JUCO All-American and OCCAC conference player of the year. Mark ended up 4th in the nation in scoring (24.833) and 6th (11.467) in rebounding. He also swatted 2.4 blocks a game. Anderson certainly lived up to his lofty Preseason 1st Team All-American ranking.

In 2007-08, as a freshman Anderson led the nation in scoring and his conference in rebounding. For those efforts, he was named JUCO 2nd Team All-American in 2008. He was also the 1st frosh OCCAC conference player of the year in over a decade.

Anderson chose Miami after receiving offers from Cleveland State and Ohio.

Unfortunately, it appears Mark Anderson likely will not be attending Miami after all. He has struggled academically at Sinclair and likely will not be academically eligible to attend Miami next fall.


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