Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ayibakuro Preh Commits to Idaho State

According to Rivals, Idaho State has secured a commitment from big man Ayibakuro Preh. Preh is a 6'8'' forward that spent last season at Miles Community College in Miles City, Montana. He is originally from Nigeria.

Bill Evans had this to say:

"We are excited to have Preh in our program,” Evans said. “His best days of basketball are ahead of him. He can really help us at the defensive end and we look for him to also help us offensively. He is an outstanding student who plans to major in engineering."
Last season he averaged 6.9 points, 8.5 rebounds per game, and 2.4 blocks a contest, making him typical of many big men that sign in the spring. He will not help much on the offensive side of the ball (less than seven points per game at the JUCO level does not translate very well to DI), but the should be able to help out defensive and on the glass. Realistically, if you can get a big man that can help out in those areas late in the spring signing period, that is not a bad thing.

Preh is unofficially the fourth member of Idaho State's recruiting class.

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  1. ISU going the junior college route. I would like to see an interview with Evans explaining this strategy. Obviously, he is under pressure to win right away or at least be competitive. Not always sure that the JC route is the route to go however.

  2. Not my favorite strategy either... I am guessing what he is thinking is that the cupboard is pretty bare right now. JUCOs are really his best strategy to field a semi-competitive team next year... I am guessing after a couple years if he can have a little success they will start to look more heavily at just high school guys.

  3. The cupboard was left pretty bare. I believe Chris Hansen, who could turn out to be a diamond in the rough, has three years to play (will be a sophomore).

  4. Yep, that is my understanding as well. With him, Melvin Morgan, and Tomas Sanchez (potentially) they could have a pretty solid backcourt....

  5. The JUCO route seems like the same old ISU plan. Is it magically going to work now. I highly doubt it. Looks like we struck gold with Evans. I am not looking forward to watching this. My bet is we will blame the past coach at first, then the players and finally Evans after another 4-6 Years of misery. Mark my words, we shall see.

  6. It's very difficult to recruit high school players when you don't get the job until March. Most good high school players commit during the summer of their junior year and sign in November. Give Evans and his staff a chance to start making some contacts before you bury him.