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ECU & C-USA Hoops Recruiting Report
Monday, October 25, 2003

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

'Reputation' nets Castro

All HOOPS recruiting headlines...
Thumbnails of 2003 commitments...

Herrion 'rep' nets Castro...
Legacy in Philly pays off 'big' for Herrion...
Ma Jackson sold but son still deliberating...
N.J. guard still pondering 'official' pledge...
Pirates lay claim to Jersey hoops 'treasure'...
Pirates closing in on N.J. backcourt star...
Clemson, Virginia Tech zero in on ECU target...
Pirates' W-S Reynolds ties heat up again...
ECU in the hunt for 'hot' combo prospect...
Herrion navigates summertime recruiting...
Charlotte, ECU classes among region's Top 5...
Pirates in contention for Top 100 prospect...
Cards set pace for '04; ECU considers guard...
ECU battles Stanford, UVa for 2004 target...
Herrion on lookout for frontcourt transfer...
Kentucky snatches ECU post target...
Robinson brings multiple talents to wing...
Whirlwind week of visits for big man 'Woo'...
Point guard McNeil brushes off late suitors...
NYC guard will get early chance to shine...
Versatile Robinson picks East Carolina...
ECU, South Carolina contend for Gonner...
Pirates chase talent for this year and next...
Cook poised to shore up ECU backcourt...
Son of a coach gets it done with hard work...
Help in the post on ECU recruiting agenda...
ECU backcourt adds "slasher", "shooter"...
Guard's coach wants ECU in recruiting mix...
"Old School" guard has ECU in sights...
East Carolina on the hunt for guards...
Gridiron prospect a rebounding machine...
Pinnock back in Pirates' recruiting mix...
Prolific scorer Atuahene warms up to ECU...
Driesell still thorn in ECU's side...
Reynolds' Foster makes it official...
ECU high on lists of backcourt slashers...
Prospects Cook, King put off decisions...
'Power guard' Cook books ECU excursion...
ECU still beating bushes for point guards...
Fayetteville guard likes ECU's C-USA ties...
C-USA teams lure big men, big names...
Jamaican joins ECU's international cast...
49ers, Cards snare key '03 commitments...
Ranking the Carolinas recruiting classes...
Foster has plans to bulk up for C-USA...
Wiley refining his game for C-USA wars...
Holcombe-Faye 'pipeline' flows eastward...
'Hot Hand Luke' sold on ECU & C-USA...
Juco wings top off dazzling class...
It's a wrap ó ECU signs Moberly's Wiley...
Pirate recruiting class almost complete...
JC Transfer Mackay Makes It Official...
Herrion Snares Aussie Shooting Guard...
High-scoring Rivers signs with ECU...
Pirates seek experience in Juco targets...
Rivers attracted by 'tough' schedule...
'Minges Maniacs' impacted decision...
ECU makes early offer to Enloe junior...
C-USA transforms Pirates' recruiting...
ACC schools' pursuit of Rouse too late...
Mumau's C-USA recruiting roundup...
Kinston forward Rouse officially signs...

©2003 Bonesville.net

Reputation has a great deal to do with recruiting success. Normally, reputation is associated with college conferences, such as the ACC in basketball and the SEC in football, and with individual schools oozing tradition. But the reputation of coaches is also very important, and therein lies a big reason East Carolina hoops is a program on the rise.

No, the Pirates are not beating out Duke or North Carolina for high school hotshots. The Bucs, however, have landed some fine prospects in the last couple of years, and Bill Herrion is the key, with his reputation proving to be a valuable commodity.

Recently, you have read about Charles Bronson, the Philadelphia big man who was actually told by his high school coach that any program headed by Herrion is a program a kid would do well to play for.

Darryl Schofield, the coach at Lutheran Christian Academy in Philly, made no apologies for getting involved in Bronsonís recruitment, saying he felt a responsibility to help his players get into good situations and that Bill Herrion makes for a good situation.

Now you can add Robert Kirk to the Herrion fan club and Mike Castro to the East Carolina basketball fold.

A 6-8, 235-pound power forward, Castro is in his second year at Allegany Community College in Cumberland, MD.

Kirk has made Allegany one of the top junior college programs in the country. Last seasonís record was 27-3, an upset loss in the regional tournament ending a season punctuated by frequent residence in the top 10 of the national JuCo rankings.

"Mike was really impressed with the East Carolina coaches," Kirk said, "and I like them too. Bill Herrion does what he says heís going to do, and that isnít always the case. Sometimes, these college coaches will say what a kid, his family and his coach wants to hear ó all the right stuff ó and then forget it. The kid becomes just a player when it was promised that his life as a student and person would be equally important.

"That isnít the way Coach Herrion operates. His kids go to class; he keeps up with them. I think he is genuinely interested in his players as people.

"Bill has been in here a lot the last two years. He came to see Mike and others play. He has shown more interest in Mike than any of the coaches, and Bill himself has come often rather than just sending assistants all the time.

"We try to run a Division I program at the junior college level," Kirk said. "In the last eight years, all 33 of our sophomores have graduated and gone on to four-year schools. We do things the right way, and thatís what Bill does."

Itís easy to see that Kirk heartily endorses Herrion and East Carolina, and that certainly helps.

Castro arrived at Allegany Community College from Spingarn High School in Washington, DC. He played in all 30 of Alleganyís games as a freshman last season, averaging eight points and seven rebounds on a team that had five players score in double figures. He sank 93 of 144 shots from the floor, with no three-point attempts, for 64.6 percent accuracy.

"Mike played a lot more at the end of the season," Kirk said, "as much as some of our starters. He was our first post reserve. He will start this year, and weíre counting on him to have a big season.

"He has only played three years of basketball, so Mike is still learning. He has improved in every phase of the game since last year; heís a hard worker. He is very strong and has great hands. He catches the ball well. When he gets his hands on it, he keeps it.

"Mike can move out and shoot a little ó out to 15 feet. He wasnít doing that when he got here. He has some good post moves, and he rebounds real well. He also runs the court real well."

Although he wouldnít say which other schools Castro was considering ó "I donít do that with any of my players because I donít think itís fair to the coaches who donít get the kids ó Kirk noted that several were very interested.

"It was a great job for East Carolina to get Mike early," he said. "There were a lot of big-time head coaches in here this year, and all of them mentioned him."

Castroís only visit was to Greenville.

"He is going to get much better," Kirk said. "He has a real chance to be a key contributor at East Carolina. Itís a real good fit for Mike and for East Carolina."

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