Bonnies, Others Involved With JUCO Player

St. Bonaventure is one of a few schools looking at a JUCO center

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. -- Cassin Diggs spent two years kicking around the prep school ranks, but the massive 6-10, 265 pound center has resurfaced this fall at Cloud County C.C. in Concordia, Kan.

The Williamsport, Pa., native attended Bridgton Academy in Maine two years ago and then enrolled at IMG Academy in Florida last year, but he failed to meet NCAA requirements for initial freshman eligibility.

As a result, he'll toil in the JC ranks for the next two seasons, boosting his basketball skills and academic resume in preparation for the Division I ranks.

And while he's blessed with the type of body to dominate games on a given night, Diggs is still searching for that consistent fire in the belly necessary to do just that.

That's a fact not lost on Cloud County Asst. Coach Shawn Ellis, who played a pivotal role in recruiting Diggs to the Kansas JUCO.

"He must get that fire in him and show that he really wants it," Ellis said after Cloud's Saturday victory at the Jayhawk Shootout. "It's just a matter of getting him to play hard every game out."

It looked as if that message was received on Saturday, as Diggs came out strong out of the box against an inferior Highland club. In just over 17 minutes of play, he registered 11 points and eight rebounds, helping the T-birds punish the Scotties, 82-60.

Cloud Head Coach Kevin Muff, who played back in the day at Kansas State, has had good recent success in molding big men for the Division I level. Recent pupils of his include K-State's Dramane Diarra and Creighton's Manou Gakou.

Ellis said he's already fielding inquiries from programs like UNLV, St. Bonaventure and Xavier regarding Diggs. Expect more Division I programs to evaluate Diggs as programs begin to dissect their recruiting needs for the Class of 2007 in the coming months.

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