While I am in the throes of NaNoWriMo, here's some Bradley basketball recruiting fun, brought to you by our friends at http://basketballbeertheworld.blogspot.com/.
Bradley had four verbal commitments for the 2011-2012 class and all four have submitted their signed National Letters of Intent. Here are a few details of each below (listed in order of verbal commitment):
Sean Harris - SF - 6'7 - It seems like ages ago that Sean verbally committed to join Bradley after completing his freshman season at JUCO Yuba College (the path to Bradley taken by Zach Andrews and Lawrence Wright). As it happens Sean is a Mormon and still had to complete his missionary work. Due to timing and other factors that means that Sean will arrive on the hilltop with three years of eligibility left. He's considered to be most like Taylor Brown, with decent perimeter skills, good rebounding, and a high motor.
Donivine Stewart - PG - 5'10 - A popular local talent from Limestone HS of Peoria decided to stay at home over offers from power conference members DePaul and West Virginia. He was a prolific scorer throughout his high school career, and from what I've heard the only D1 talent on his team. I've never seen him play, but by reputation D-World (as he's known) is a lead guard who makes up for physical deficiencies with excellent skills and basketball IQ. Been hearing about him for years, and always happy when local talent stays home.
Remy Abell - SG - 6'4 - A very exciting 3-star recruit out of Kentucky. He's recognized as a versatile wing good at most aspects of the game-- athleticism, shooting, ballhandling, defense, and may even be able to contribute some at the point. He's a top 5 player for this class out of Kentucky and a candidate for Mr. Basketball. Good stuff.
Nate Wells - C - 7'1 - A late-blooming giant who apparently may grow another inch or two, Nate Wells was recruited as a project. His signing confirmed also that he'd redshirt for the 2011-2012 season. A lot of fans seem to not much like another project in the paint, but to be realistic, I just don't think there's that many giant centers ready to contribute as freshmen. As a player, Wells plays on a terrible 4A team in Iowa, but led his league in blocks. He didn't block or rebound much. Reports seem to indicate he's not a bad athlete but still learning to play basketball. He may have a long road, but Bradley's set him out with a lot of time to get ready.
2011-2012 Bradley Roster Breakdown:
Point/Combo Guards - Dyricus Simms-Edwards (Jr, 6'3), Walt Lemon, Jr (So, 6'3) Donivine Stewart (Fr, 5'10)
Wing/Shooting Guards - Jake Eastman (Jr, 6'5), Remy Abell (Fr, 6'4)
Forwards - Taylor Brown (Jr/Sr, 6'6), Milos Knezevic (Jr, 6'8), Jordan Prosser (So, 6'9), Sean Harris (So, 6'7)
Centers - Will Egolf (Sr, 6'9), Anthony Thompson (Sr, 6'10), Andrew Davis (So, 6'10), Nate Wells (R/S, 7'1)
It's an interesting roster, to be sure with five guards and eight "bigs." It's definitely on the big side, which leaves me t wonder if all of our forwards or centers will be with the team next season. That or Les really wants to start playing big. It's much too early to say or speculate and we'll find out in due time.