By Harold Harmon Sports Writer
July 19, 2014
Recruiting – something all college and university coaches have to do and most hate doing.
There is a “book” on almost everything in sports except recruiting. The closest thing I know of in that regard would be the doctoral thesis written by former Southeastern football player/coach Dr. Duke Christian.
He gave me a copy and I couldn’t wait to get into it. Read the first three paragraphs and slid that sucker into the things to read tomorrow.
Coach Christian is no worse than tied for the smartest offensive mind football has ever known and he may be even higher than that. The man is scary smart.
Even with that doctoral guideline, recruiting is still among the most frustrating things humans can do – right up there with golf and being married.
Recruiting is much easier at the big NCAA Division I schools like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan, etc.
Those coaches can afford to swing and miss on a recruit and not get blown out of the water. Those coaches have the full amount of scholarships, plus approximately 1,017 assistant coaches to touch all of the bases.
And they still miss on recruits.
WHICH BRINGS US to Southeastern basketball recruiting for next season.
Coach Darin Grover and assistant Sami Jo Cotton-Black have added four young ladies to the roster for 2014-15, two guards, a forward and a post player.
Kaylen Sweat is a 5-6 guard from Madill High School who can shoot the lights out. She averaged 19.6 points per game and hit 53 percent from beyond the arc. She also pulled down 4.6 rebounds per game while dishing out three assists and collecting three steals per game. Extremely quick hands make her a top defensive player.
Sa’Leisha Hunter is a 5-6 point guard from Sherman, Texas, High School. She averaged 18.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 4.5 steals per game while being named All-Texomaland Player of the Year and co-Defensive Player of the Year in District 13-4A.
Kaitlan Strandridge is a 5-10 forward from Poteau High School. She averaged 18 points per game and pulled down 10 rebounds while still hitting 38 percent beyond the three-point line. She also averaged 2.69 assists and 2.88 steals per game.
Emem David is a 6-0 forward from Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas. A knee injury spoiled her senior year, but she averaged six points and six rebounds per game as a junior. She will provide size and strength on the blocks for the LadyStorm.
COACH KELLY GREEN and assistant Ryan Quinn have also been hard at work on the recruiting trail for the Savage Storm.
The men have also come up with four recruits for 2014-15.
Nathan Jackson, a 6-5 guard who will also play on the wing, averaged 9.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College, one of the nation’s more storied Junior Colleges.
Sami Bzai is a 6-3 guard from Mesa Community College, where he averaged 10.4 points per game while shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc. He also averaged 2.1 boards and 1.8 assists per game.
Antonio Ferreira is a 6-4 guard who led Massasoit Community College (Boston, Massachusetts) with 16.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He is a 35 percent three-point shooter who also had 1.7 assists per game.
Joseph Aikens is a 6-3 freshman guard from North Pulaski High School in Jacksonville, Arkansas. He can play either guard position, can shoot and create shots for others. An injury limited him to six games in his senior year, when he averaged 12 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals per game.