Top Recruits Sign With Small Schools

As many gush over Kentucky’s recruiting class (myself included), there are some schools that are never mentioned in college basketball circles landing some big fish in this year’s recruiting class. Let’s take a quick look at four of the top-100 prospects of 2010 that will instantly be the Big Man on Campus.

Shavon Coleman, SF – LA Monroe

Rivals’ No. 97 ranked player, Coleman is going to the University of Louisiana Monroe. What? Coleman is from Louisiana, so obviously staying close to home was a priority of his. It’s just interesting to see that LSU wasn’t in on this kid. The 6’6″ small forward will be the best player on the ULM team the first time he steps on the floor. A 12-19 team (6-12 in a horribly weak Sun Belt conference), Coleman should challenge North Texas in the Sun Belt’s West division, possibly leading to an NCAA tournament berth.

Ray McCallum, PG – Detroit

The 6’1″ point guard out of Detroit decided he wanted to say home and with his family. Literally. Not only is he staying in the city he has lived his entire life, Rivals’ No. 60 player in the 2010 recruiting class will play for his father, Coach Ray McCallum Sr. McCallum played in the McDonald’s All-American game last week and showed a flare you like to see out of your floor general as well as some great vision and passing skills. As good as McCallum is and may become, Detroit has no chance of challenging Butler in the Horizon League.

Domonique Ferguson, PF – Florida International

When FIU hired Isiah Thomas, I’m not sure they expected it to pay recruiting dividends this quick. Before his senior season even started, the 6’9″ Ferguson committed to Isiah and the Golden Panthers. Some say the kid is rated too high by (No. 40 overall, No. 10 power forward) but his skill set for a player his size can be a factor in the college game. He’s got handles of a wing player and great athleticism for a power forward. It will be interesting to see how Isiah Thomas develops this kid.

Trey Zeigler, SG – Central Michigan

The No. 26 prospect on, Zeigler follows the same story line as Ray McCallum. Michigan kid, staying close to home, playing at a small school where his father is the coach. He’s been listed at 6’5″ and brings great versatility to the game, being able to play all three wing positions. He’s a good shooter and can attack the rim aggressively, making him a tough guard for anyone, especially for MAC defenders.

With so many people discussing the one-and-done rule and how it is ruining college basketball, it will be interesting to watch these top-flight talents take their game to schools that are off the basketball radar. Will they carry their teams to a long-awaited NCAA tournament appearance, or will they pad their stats enough to make the leap to the NBA before they can leave their mark on their respective school of choice?


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