Thursday, April 25, 2013

New Recruits for Northern Colorado and Sacramento State

With the spring signing period in full bloom, three JUCO guys signed recently that I have not had a chance to write about. With this update, the recruiting tracker is as up to date as possible I think right now... so let me know if I am missing anyone!

- Corey Spence (Northern Colorado) - Spence is a PG out of Casper College, and perhaps a contributing factor to Paul Garnica's departure. The 5'10'' guard apparently also was recruited by Northern Arizona, among others. His former college coach b will be joining him at UNC, after having accepted a job last week. He scored 11 points per game last year, along with 6.3 assists and 2.1 steals. That would suggest he is a great distributor and solid defender - which are the two parts missing from current PG Tevin Svihovec's game. Signing Spence and freshman Jordan Wilson makes sense, since they seem to be trying to move Svihovec off the ball. Spence should be able to contribute immediately.

- Zach Mills (Sacramento State) - Mills is a 6'5'' forward in the mold of Joe Eberhard, and not just because they come from the same community college. He can do a little bit of everything, as last year he averaged 14.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, along with shooting 43% from downtown. Katz says he can play power forward, which is needed because they are losing a lot of size. He will play early and often, and his resume suggests he will immediately be a solid rotational player for the Hornets.

- Case Rada (Sacramento State) - Rada is a 6'3'' guard who appears to have three years of eligibility remaining. He redshirted a year at Boise State, and then spent one year as Walla Walla Community College. He averaged 24 PPG last year, and made 111 threes. He brings some extra versatility out of the backcourt for them:

“We probably have more familiarity with Case than any recruit we’ve ever signed,” Katz said. “We recruited him out of high school before he went to Boise State so we’ve known him and his family for three years.

“In high school, he was a point guard who could score and was an excellent handler and passer. At Walla Walla, he played for Jeff Reinland, who is one of the more prolific shooting coaches in the country. Case had a nice shooting stroke before Walla Walla, but Coach Reinland took him to the next level. As a result, he played a lot of shooting guard this past year and became an excellent three-point shooter.”

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  2. Thanks! One of these days I will fully be caught up!