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Hoops Recruiting Report
Saturday, October 5, 2002

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

Herrion still beating bushes for point guards

 
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East Carolina continues its pursuit of backcourt players and the chase stretches into the junior college ranks, just as it did last year. Three of the Pirates’ five newcomers this season were signed out of junior colleges.

Randy Pulley, a 6-3 point guard who has already played in Conference USA, has attracted interest from ECU among other schools. He played at Raleigh (NC) Word of God Academy before signing with St. Louis. As a freshman last season, he averaged five points and 2.3 assists in almost 20 minutes of action per game.

Now at Great Bend (KS) Barton County Community College, Pulley is being courted by Iowa State, Oklahoma and Nebraska as well as East Carolina.

The Bucs are also battling Iowa State for Will Blalock, a point guard at Fitchburg (MA) Notre Dame Prep School. The 6-1 jet plans to visit Iowa State late this month.

"If he falls in love with the campus — and that could happen — that could be it," Notre Dame Prep coach Bill Barton said. "That’s his only sure visit."

Barton said ECU, George Washington, DePaul, Connecticut and Hofstra have also shown interest.

"Bill Herrion was in a couple of weeks ago and Greg Herenda was here yesterday (Oct. 3)," Barton said of the Pirates’ head coach and assistant respectively, "so they must really like Will."

Curtis Stinson has committed to Iowa State. He was also offered scholarships by Drexel and Northwestern, while East Carolina, South Florida, Rhode Island and George Washington showed interest. Stinson is a 6-2 wing guard from Winchendon (MA) School.

Dwight Brewington may catch either N.C. State or Arizona on the rebound from Mustafa Shakur. The latter, a 6-3 point guard from Wynnewood (PA) Friends Central, has narrowed his choices to State and Arizona and could announce in the next week.

The Wolfpack and Wildcats are both interested in Brewington, but are waiting on Shakur. Meanwhile, Brewington, a 6-4 combination guard from Worcester (MA) Academy, has visited Temple and South Carolina, both of which have offered. He has planned trips to N.C. State and Arizona for this month.

East Carolina also has offered Brewington a scholarship, as have Providence, Iowa State and Marquette. Coaches from Temple, State, South Carolina and Arizona have made in-home visits.

Casey Long, another guard offered a scholarship by East Carolina, has made his decision. He committed to Chattanooga over Tulane, choosing Jeff Lebo’s program instead of Conference USA.
Long is a 6-2 point guard from Fayetteville (NC) Seventy-First.

Cincinnati has its second commitment and St. Louis has landed its first, bringing to 22 the number of prospects making promises to C-USA schools.

Cincy got the word from Robert Whaley, a 6-10, 250-pound center from Barton County Junior College. St. Louis received a commitment from Darren Charles, a 6-1 wing guard from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins. Marquette was interested in Charles, who is a teammate of Duke-bound Kris Humphries.

Alabama-Birmingham and Southern Mississippi are still without commitments.

Here is the complete list of C-USA hoops commitments as we have them:

  • CHARLOTTE — Martin Iti, 6-11 center, Winchendon (MA) School; Marcus Bennett, 6-3 wing guard/point guard, Schoolcraft Junior College.
  • CINCINNATI — Nick Williams, 6-3 wing guard, Chipola Junior College; Robert Whaley, 6-10 center, Barton County (KS) Junior College.
  • DePAUL — Sammy Mejia, 6-5 wing guard/point guard, Cornwall on Hudson (NY) Storm King.
  • EAST CAROLINA — Keith Foster, 6-9 power forward/center, Winston-Salem (NC) Reynolds.
  • HOUSTON — Lanny Smith, 6-3 point guard, Missouri City (TX) Hightower; Parker Pinkalla, 6-4 wing guard, Houston (TX) Strake Jesuit College Prep School.
  • LOUISVILLE — Brandon Jenkins, 6-2 point guard/wing guard, Detroit (MI) Southeastern; Nouha Diakite, 6-10 power forward, Barton County Junior College; James Lang, 6-10 center, Birmingham (AL) Central Parkway; Nate Daniels, 6-8 small forward/wing guard, Broward Junior College.
  • MARQUETTE — James Matthews, 6-7 power forward, Detroit (MI) Denby; Dameon Mason, 6-5 small forward/wing guard, Aurora (IL) West; Brandon Bell, 5-11 point guard, Detroit (MI) Southwestern.
  • MEMPHIS — Kendrick Perkins, 6-11 center, Beaumont (TX) Ozen; Sean Banks, 6-7 small forward, Oradell (NJ) Bergen; Michael Ford, 6-8 small forward, Fitchburg (MA) Notre Dame.
  • SOUTH FLORIDA — Ricardo Freeman, 6-3 point guard, Seward County Community College.
  • ST. LOUIS — Darren Clarke, 6-1 wing guard, Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins.
  • TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY — Blake Adams, 6-5 wing guard, Houston (TX) Nimitz.
  • TULANE — Chris Moore, 6-4 wing guard, Pittsfield (ME) Central Institute.

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