The most pressing recruiting situation so far this spring seems to be that of Andell Cumberbatch, a junior college guard who last night listed UE in his top two schools.
Cumberbatch, from Barton Community College in Kansas, improved his numbers dramatically from year one to year two in the JUCO ranks and will choose between the Aces and St. Bonaventure out of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
When will he choose? We don’t know yet. I’ve contacted Barton CC coach Craig Fletchall and will report what he says when I hear back.
—Oblong (Ill.) High School coach Brent Harper said Tuesday that one of his players, Anthony Johnson, worked out in front of Evansville coaches last week.
“I think they were real pleased with him and everything, but so far they haven’t made an offer,” Harper said.
Johnson is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who does have an offer from Eastern Illinois. Indiana State and Southern Illinois have also expressed interest.
Johnson averaged 24.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists last season, earning area player of the year honors from his hometown newspaper while leading Oblong to two regional titles and sweet 16 appearances.
“And our school hadn’t won a regional championship in over 50 years,” Harper said.
The University of Southern Indiana also offered Johnson, Harper said, but the coach expects him to play Division I ball if the opportunity presents itself.
“I hope it works out for him,” Harper said. “Part of the trouble, I feel like, is in our community here I think he gets overlooked a lot because the closest thing to us is Eastern (Illinois). I think there’s a lot of colleges out there that would like to have him that don’t know he’s here.”
—Hopkinsville (Ky.) High School senior Jordan Majors had prom this past weekend and hasn’t taken a recruiting visit to Evansville, but Tigers coach Tim Haworth said Tuesday that Aces coaches are expected to watch Majors at an open gym this week.
Majors, a 6-foot-2 guard who broke out to score 31 points earlier this season in a Kentucky state tournament game, still wants to schedule a visit to Evansville, Haworth said.
Aces coaches haven’t formally offered Majors a scholarship. He’s also reportedly considering a walk-on spot at Kentucky.
—Evansville’s women’s program on Tuesday announced that Paris McLeod, a 5-foot-7 shooting guard from Inkster High School near Detroit, has signed a binding letter of intent. McLeod averaged 19.5 points, 6.8 assists and 5.1 steals per game as a senior in leading Inkster to its first undefeated regular season in either boys’ or girls’ basketball at 19-0.
Described by her high school coach as “a kid who could get it done on both ends of the court with a lot of energy,” McLeod will enter this fall as a freshman with five other Aces signees.
“We are happy that Paris and her family chose Evansville,” said Evansville coach Oties Epps. “Paris is a play maker that is quick and crafty with the basketball. With her ability to defend and score, her opponents never get to take a possession off. She will play a major role in the resurgence of our program.”