Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Southern Utah Signs Drake Thomas and Zach Ghormley

Southern Utah had signed one recruit, but it was one that would not help them this year. That was Austin Waddoups, who will be going on his LDS Mission. Now, head coach Nick Robinson has inked two recruits that will be able to play right away.

One is Drake Thomas, a six foot guard from Ovilla, Texas. He is not much of a scorer, but he is a good distributor. Last season, he averaged 5.7 PPG and 7.3 APG, showcasing his excellent playmaking ability.

Zach Ghormley is a 6'4'' guard in Garland, TX, and is a guy that does a little bit of everything. Last year he averaged ten points, six rebounds, and three assists per game. Those numbers don't jump out at you, but it shows his versatility, especially as he did this on a very good high school team.

"We are excited to welcome Drake and Zach to the Thunderbird family," Robinson said. "Both come from a championship program under Coach Forsett and are high-character individuals who come from strong families. Drake is a true point guard with tremendous leadership qualities and Zach is as competitive as they come at both ends of the floor. Both Zach and Drake will help us make the transition into the Big Sky Conference."
Early on we see some of Robinson's recruiting philosophy. High character guys that understand the importance of team, and will be willing to do what is needed to help the program. With their relatively low scoring averages, they do not care about getting their stats, and that is important within a team concept.

Of course, this recruiting philosophy should not be very surprising, since that is the type of player that Robinson himself was.

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1 comment:

  1. Robinson doesn't need scorers right away, he still has the top scorer from last year returning and also, some great talent. The Thunderbirds were on the cusp of turning into a really good team last year, but never got over the hump. Robinson needed players who could develop, play some mins if needed, and most importantly do the little things. SUU might surprise some Sky teams next year.