Best in the World
- Mar 20, 2007
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They are. Luckily, they have what is considered their one of, if not their best overall recruiting class in program history.
It starts with BJ Gladden, a 6'5", 185 lb wing who passed up offers from Tennessee, Wake Forest, and VCU, among others to come play for Keith Dambrot. His uncle, LeBron Gladden (not joking...that's his name) played for Dambrot when he was coaching with Ashland. Gladden is a BCS-caliber athlete and should compete for minutes immediately.
Isiah Johnson is next, a 6'9", 275 lb center who passed up on Xavier, Ohio, and Kent State to come to UA. He was named AP Division I first-team all-state on is the Southwest District player of the year. He should contribute as Pat Forsythe's backup immediately.
The Zips also added size in 6'8", 210 lb Kwan Cheatham. Cheatham will likely redshirt next season, but is said to have a ton of upside to his game.
Finally, Akron added Aaron Jackson, a 6'5", 185 lb wing who passed up Ohio and Toledo in favor of Akron. Jackson is a great athlete who will also likely redshirt next season.
The biggest additions will come from experienced players being added to the roster.
First, it's likely that Quincy Diggs will be back for his senior season. Second, they've added JUCO point guard Nyles Evans, shown here playing against several current Zips.
The depth chart will likely look like this:
C-Pat Forsythe/Isaiah Johnson
PF-Demetrius Treadwell/Nick Harney
SF-Jake Kretzer/Reggie McAdams
SG-Quincy Diggs/BJ Gladden
PG-Nyles Evans/Carmelo Betancourt
With OU losing so many important players and Kent losing both Evans and Holt, Akron should be the pre-season favorite to be the last team standing in Cleveland once again in 2014.
I can do that too.
Javarez Willis was a four star recruit when he signed with Texas Tech. He sat out this year and will play for OU.
Wadley Mompremier is a 6'9" 220lb Center who passed up on Akron, Cleveland State, Northwestern, James Madison, ODU. With interest from VCU.
Maurice Ndour- JUCO 6'8" 200lb PF. UC, providence and St. Johns offered, Pitt was interested.
D.J. Wingfield - Groce loved this kid and it's rumored he wanted him. He had offers from the top of the MAC.