Tracking the College Basketball Stars of the Future
Saturday, October 5, 2002
By Thad Mumau
Herrion still beating bushes for point guards
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
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
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
- HOUSTON — Lanny Smith, 6-3 point guard, Missouri City (TX) Hightower;
Parker Pinkalla, 6-4 wing guard, Houston (TX) Strake Jesuit College Prep
- 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
- ST. LOUIS — Darren Clarke, 6-1 wing guard, Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins.
- TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY — Blake Adams, 6-5 wing guard, Houston (TX)
- TULANE — Chris Moore, 6-4 wing guard, Pittsfield (ME) Central
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