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What do you think about the three non-scholarship players being brought on by the coach?
I've received about 20 emails on this topic. I've actually seen two of the three play during the past year. I feel that each brings something to the table. First, these three student-athletes are non-basketball scholarship team members. That doesn't in anyway imply that there may not be other forms of academic or grant-in-aid finances available. For years football has traditionally brought in non-athletic scholarship team members. As recently as this past week Coach Schiano announced 8 additional players. These young men are not "walk-ons"; they are skilled basketball players that would be afforded scholarship at mid-level schools.
Jason Bees is a seven-foot transfer from Radford University in Virginia. He red-shirted his first year on campus, played for one year and will have two years of eligibility remaining after this academic year. He was considered a freshman of influence by several publications when he showed up on the Radford campus. During his high school senior year at Eisenhower High School, Russell, Pennsylvania, Jason averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds and close to 5 blocks. He, however, did not play in a powerhouse conference. He was recruited by the likes of Duquesne, Iona, Canisius, Cleveland State, Youngstown, and Radford. Bees was also monitored by WVU and Virginia Tech. He will present a big presence for the scout team this year.
Eric Hazard is a 6'6" fully qualified swing from St. Benedict's High School, Newark, New Jersey. Nagging injuries that kept him off the court for most of the past season hindered Eric's development as a player. He can hit it from down town or put it on the floor. He will go up against Herve in practice at the three and will add another true three to the Scarlet team.
Shayle Keating is a true point guard from Seton Hall Prep, West Orange. This six-footer is a pass first and shoot later prototype who will end up with the nickname of UPS because he always delivers. At the Prep he delivered over 8 times per outing. He like Eric turned down a number of Division I offers to play for Coach Waters and the Scarlet.
The model for each of these three are former Scarlet Knights, Conner Fox and Creighton Drury, who earned athletic scholarships during their time On The Banks.
Where is Coach Waters going to look for a center? Will it be high school, Junior College or foreign?
I've received about 35 emails on this topic in the last week so I'll give you what little I know.
Two weeks ago at a major dinner in New Brunswick Coach Waters told a group of alums that Rutgers had a Plan A- should Mookie Watkins be academically ineligible or opt for another university. That plan is presently being implemented.
There are several high school centers out there still waiting on grades. There are also a group of junior college and foreign centers. There presently is not an African center that I know of. My source overseas tells me that the African person allegedly involved with Rutgers is no longer available. He does imply that there are several Eastern Europeans, at least one Scandinavian player and a couple of Australian kids.
One of our sources indicated that Anthony Lalor of Westchester Community College is still available. He also indicated New Yorker Jimmy Inglis formerly of Globe Tech and most recently of Eastern Oklahoma, as well as, Yakumba Camara, of Southern Idaho are also available. Camara had requested a release from his LOI from University of Miami. Don't forget Daytona Beach seven-foot center, Reda Rhalimi that was once pledged to Georgetown. There are more but these four had Big East ties.
You'll just have to wait and see how this plays out for next year. There is still a need for another big insider on this team.
I'll try to complete the list of 2004 players in the couple of weeks and start to delve into the Class of 2005.
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