The recruiting class of 2009 may be one of the most important recruiting classes in the history of Miami basketball. At the end of the 2008-09 season, Miami will graduate 6 scholarship seniors (Kenny Hayes, Carl Richburg, Tyler Dierkers, Eric Pollitz, Isiah Carson, and Mike Bramos) leaving 6 spots to fill. One spot will be taken by Vince Legarza, who will walk on this year and have a full scholarship the remaining years. That leaves five scholarships for the class of 2009 that can be allotted. Miami is looking for players at every position and there is immediate playing time for these players.
If Miami can land a great recruiting class, the RedHawks will be a force for another 4 years. Conversely, a sub par class would make it very difficult for Miami to compete in the MAC.
Today, RedHawk Insider looks at potential “Wing Man” options in the Class of 2009.
Bill Edwards, Jr. (6-5, 240) – Middletown (OH) H.S. – Any discussion of Miami wing targets has to start with B.E. Edwards is talented, once ranked by Hoopscoop as one of the top 60 players in the nation. He is universally considered one of the top 5 players in Ohio’s 2009 class. Despite being injured for part of this past season, as a junior he was Greater Miami Conference (GMC) Player of the Year. Edwards was also Butler County Player of the Year. He averaged 16.7ppg and 10.2 boards.
Edwards is big wing player who looks like a power forward. He can play every position but center. Edwards can shoot, drive, and is a very good passer. He can also rebound as well as any power forward. Edwards is a scorer, but is comfortable in any role.
Edwards also comes from a strong basketball bloodline. His mother Glenetta Edwards was a star basketball player for Monroe H.S. near Middletown. His father, Bill Edwards, Sr., was the best player ever to wear a Wright State uniform and has a banner hanging from the Nutter Center rafters with his name on it.
Miami has been recruiting Edwards hard for years. He has had an offer from Miami for what seems like forever. Miami coaches have been to all of his AAU games during the evaluation periods and were often scene at his high school games.
Edwards seemed to show strong interest in Miami. He has made numerous unofficial visits to Miami. Last season, Edwards and his high school teammate Allen Roberts were seen rushing the Millett Hall floor with Miami’s students after the RedHawks beat Xavier. From all appearances, B.E. seemed to get along well with the current Miami players.
Herein lies the problem: After couples date for years a decision has to be made about whether to get engaged or move on to someone else. Miami has shown Edwards love for years and has “proposed.” After all these years of “dating,” Edwards has not yet accepted the proposal and is looking at other suitors. Is it time to move on to someone else?
Marquis Horne (6-6, 185) – Princeton (OH) H.S. – Another GMC wing man, Horne is a high school teammate of combo guard Orlando Williams(Miami offer), 2G Jordan Sibert (Miami offer for 2010), and SF/PF Stephon Johnson (Miami interest – see below). He also plays on the same AAU team as Williams, Johnson, PG Carl Jones (Miami offer), and PF Danny McElroy (Miami offer). Marquis can play inside and outside and reminds some of former Miami star Juby Johnson. He was very impressive at Miami’s Elite Camp and has received recent accolades for his performance at the Adidas Take 5 Classic AAU tourney in Cincinnati. Horne may receive a Miami offer soon if he does not have one already.
OTHER WINGS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:
Marquis Mathis (6-6, 220) – Cincinnati State C.C. – Another wing named Marquis, Mathis is a very athletic player (a high jumper in high school). Miami staff has been seen watching Mathis in open gyms.
Conrad Krutwig (6-6, 210) – Jacobs H.S., Algonquin, IL. – Another big bodied wing, Krutwig has a nice midrange game and can run the floor. Miami has been following Conrad since last summer and is reportedly one of the leaders for Conrad.
Stephon Johnson (6-6) – Princeton (OH) H.S. – Listed as a SF, but plays like a PF. Very athletic. Stephon recently told RedHawk Insider that Miami is one of his leaders.
Chris Read (6-6, 210) – Lawrence (IN) North H.S. – Read, along with his high school teammate Larry Smith, reportedly has an offer from Miami. Read is a shooter.
Drew Barham (6-6) – Christian Brothers H.S., Cordova, TN – With a great outside shot, Drew can also play shooting guard.