Category archive: Missouri State Bears

Southeast Missouri State adds duo 

November, 5, 2010
The Redhawks scored two big commitments to start the week by landing a pair of Memphis products in shooting guard Telvin Wilkerson (Memphis, Tenn./Melrose) and power forward Nino Johnson (Memphis, Tenn./White Station). They are the first players to commit to Southeast Missouri State in the Class of 2011.

Johnson projects as someone capable of making an immediate impact in the All-Ohio Valley Conference. He's an undersized power forward who compensates with extremely long arms and good bounce. Johnson combines those physical tools with a good interior skill set, not only playing with his back to the basket but being especially effective facing up from 15 feet and in.

Ford to Northeastern
Northeastern coach Bill Coen is known for his ability to evaluate talent and he's found the diamond in the rough on more than one occasion during his days as an assistant at Boston College and did it again when he offered Matt Janning his first Division I scholarship. Janning went on to be a three-time all CAA performer and is currently three games into his NBA career with the Phoenix Suns. Coen may have just landed his latest sleeper in 6-foot-7 swingman Quincy Ford (St. Petersburg, Fla./ Gibbs). A good athlete and versatile scorer, Ford can attack defenses in a variety of ways in both the open floor and the half-court set. He can take the ball off the glass and start the break, knock down open shots, post smaller defenders and get to the rim.

Penn strikes back
After finishing in second place for more than one high level recruit this fall, Penn coach Jerome Allen and his staff struck back this week with the addition of another Florida resident in 6-6 power forward Greg Louis (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer). Louis had a breakout performance this summer in Orlando, playing a starring role with his Florida Elite squad during AAU Nationals. The Quakers managed to beat out quality mid-major programs like SMU, James Madison and Tulane to land his services and should reap the rewards next year as Louis has the type of athleticism that is hard to duplicate in the Ivy League.