Bonnies Still In Hunt For JUCO Forward

St. Bonaventure is one of several schools in pursuit of a JUCO forward ...

Anthony Slack will take the first of three official visits this weekend, as a trio of Missouri Valley Conference programs are battling it out for the services of the athletic 6-7, 215 pound power forward from Coffeyville C.C. in Kansas.

Coffeyville Asst. Coach Ryan Hellenthal told that Slack will visit Illinois State this weekend (Apr. 6-8) along with 5-7 teammate Keith "Boo" Richardson. Hellenthal said that Slack is also expected to make official visits to both Creighton and Missouri State following his trip to Illinois State.

"He is kind of up in the air on his last few visits," Hellenthal said.

A native of New Orleans, La., Slack has been offered scholarships by Illinois State, Creighton, Missouri State, Bradley, Utah State, St. Bonaventure and Loyola (Chi.).

Oklahoma had expressed some interest in Slack a few weeks back at the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., but the recent departure of Kelvin Sampson to Indiana University has effectively squelched that idea.

Slack had a terrific week at the NJCAA Tournament, leading Coffeyville to a seventh place finish. He was one of the tournament's top scorers and rebounders, not to mention its top field goal percentage shooter.

As a sophomore in 2005-2006, Slack averaged 11.6 points and nine rebounds per game for the Red Ravens, who finished 33-5.

While his offensive skills are still developing, Slack plays with a tremendous deal of energy, rebounds strongly both in and out of area and finishes plays above the rim.

"He's made tremendous strides since he's been at Coffeyville," said Coffeyville Head Coach Jay Herkelman after the Red Ravens took seventh place at the NJCAA Tourney. "He dominated the tournament and is as good a rebounder that I have had since Reggie Evans."

Reggie Evans enjoyed a standout career at Coffeyville and the University of Iowa before moving on to the NBA. He currently plays for the Denver Nuggets.

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