Recruiting Update as of June 28th, 2011:
C Derian Shaffer (6’7″, 230, JUCO Transfer from Kilgore College)
F Jerome Jones (6’6″, 215, JUCO Transfer from Indian Hills Community College)
G Maurice Wiltz (6’2″, 175, Transfer from Colorado State University)
G Kris Davis (6’2″, 170)
F Michael Birts (6’6, 200)
SIU Edwardsville will enter their first full season in the OVC with a class led by three transfers, hopefully giving the Cougars a more immediate impact for a team that went 0-8 against the conference last season. Shaffer was a solid shooter while playing at Kilgore, but is a bit undersized for a big man. Jones is a forward with great range, and is a true 3-point threat. Wiltz played one year at Colorodo State, only playing in 7 contests, but averaged over 20 points a game his senior year in high school. Davis played with Shaffer in high school, known more for scoring than running an offense. Birts is probably the best defender of the group, averaging a double-double, and 4 blocks a game last year.
G Jay Harris (5’10”, no weight listed)
Harris is a point guard in every sense of the word. He put up a 14 ppg, 11 apg average last season at Charis Prep, a team that finished the year undefeated.
G Lanerryl Esters-Johnson (6’0″, no weight listed)
F Ryon Riggins (6’9″, 200, **)
A slow signing season could spell bad news for a Tech team with seven seniors next season. Esters-Johnson was a star scorer in high school, averaging almost 30 a game his senior year in Georgia. Riggins adds a solid defender in the paint, and is considered a great shot blocker.
G Martez Harris (6’3″, 195)
F Corderio Maclin (6’8″, 240, JUCO Transfer from Connors State)
F Jeremy Washington (6’7″, 230, JUCO Transfer from Connors State)
F Eli York (6’7″, 210, JUCO Transfer from Mount San Antonio College)
G Khristian Taylor (6’2″, 175)
F Myles Taylor (6’7″, 250)
Numbers aren’t everything, but there are a few interesting recruits added to the Skyhawks. Harris was ranked as the 4th best point guard in Kentucky last season by ESPN.com, and is a strong guard skilled at driving to the basket. Maclin and Washington come to Martin as teammates from Connors State, a strong JUCO team. Maclin is ranked as a top 60 JUCO prospect and was a great shooter for the Cowbyos. York is a defensive addition, once getting 12 blocks in one game while in high school. Khristian Taylor comes from St. Vincent-St. Mary HS, one of the great high school basketball programs in the nation. Myles Taylor played with Washington in high school as a solid combo-guard.