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Username Post: Bison Recruits 2017        (Topic#17939)
Bison137 
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Bison Recruits 2017
04-02-17 11:12 PM - Post#228465    
    In response to BisonRoadWarrior

Tough thing to do with the basketball season ending in early March, a month after the baseball season starts and 2+ months after the pitchers have been throwing. Also hard to fully participate in fall ball in baseball with basketball workouts starting in October. But Ryan Ebner did it for a year, as a pitcher and a hoops PF/C, before fully committing to baseball. If he had thought he would get a lot of minutes going forward in hoops, he might have continued with both - but the arrival of Muscala and Willman likely convinced him his future was in baseball, where he became a very good pitcher.

JC Show had talked about wanting to stick around for another semester to play football. As many recall, he was first team all-state (large school class) for two years - at two different positions. And Starkey competed in track his final year. But I can't remember anyone since Aceto, other than Ebner for one year, who did it in baseball. Way back when, when basketball ended earlier and baseball started later, a few Bison baseball stars were also hoops starters, e.g. Vic Cegles and Chris Riley.

Some recent Bison big men also played baseball in HS: Oberfeld, Sestina, and Klebon to name three.




 
KenZ 
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04-03-17 09:51 AM - Post#228471    
    In response to Bison137

Mike Anders dropped basketball to focus on baseball after playing one season i believe.

interesting aspect wrt Bruninga is that two of the three schools he has scheduled official visits with, UNI and Loyola, do not have baseball teams.

 
KenZ 
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04-05-17 12:23 PM - Post#228547    
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fwiw, and that might not be a lot,

my reading of the tea leaves says we recently got our final commit. unfortunately, the tea leaves don't give up a name, so someone pretty far off the radar, although could be a name we have heard e.g. Porter Anderson, but just as likely someone completely unknown. guess we'll see in a few weeks when loi's get signed.

 
Bison89 
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04-05-17 12:39 PM - Post#228549    
    In response to KenZ

  • KenZ Said:
fwiw, and that might not be a lot,

my reading of the tea leaves says we recently got our final commit. unfortunately, the tea leaves don't give up a name, so someone pretty far off the radar, although could be a name we have heard e.g. Porter Anderson, but just as likely someone completely unknown. guess we'll see in a few weeks when loi's get signed.



Ken, may I have some of what you are consuming?
Shall we DANCE?


 
BisonRoadWarrior 
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Bison Recruits 2017
04-05-17 04:44 PM - Post#228558    
    In response to Bison89

  • Bison89 Said:
Ken, may I have some of what you are consuming?

Apparently, it's tea.


 
Bison137 
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04-05-17 05:03 PM - Post#228559    
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  • Bison137 Said:
Staff trying to find that elusive center. A Bison coach was at a HS game in Arkansas looking at 6-8 PF/C Porter Anderson. Judging by his highlight video, he can block shots and rebound - but looks like he has limited offensive skills.

https://twitter.com/ARBballRankings/statu s/8088564...







With KenZ bringing up the name of the apparently unsigned Porter Anderson, I googled him again. Although Hudl and Maxpreps list him at 6-8 240 lbs, a recent article on him being named to his All-Area team calls him 6-6. If that is an accurate height, then that would be a problem for a team seeking a center or big PF.

With no public evidence of continued recruiting, is it possible that a European or transfer has entered the picture? Total speculation.




 
bisonmania 
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04-05-17 07:47 PM - Post#228564    
    In response to Bison137

Strickley a rumor of a center from Canada. I was told of that a couple weeks ago.

 
MrPhillie 
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04-05-17 10:59 PM - Post#228567    
    In response to bisonmania

I can confirm the mysterious recruit is not me.

 
Bison137 
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04-06-17 09:19 AM - Post#228573    
    In response to KenZ

  • KenZ Said:
fwiw, and that might not be a lot,

my reading of the tea leaves says we recently got our final commit. unfortunately, the tea leaves don't give up a name, so someone pretty far off the radar, although could be a name we have heard e.g. Porter Anderson, but just as likely someone completely unknown. guess we'll see in a few weeks when loi's get signed.



Btw the spring signing period begins April 12th - this coming Wednesday - so we may not have to wait long if it is a done deal. However the signing period runs five weeks, and players are also free to commit all the way through the summer - just without signing a letter of intent.




 
HoleinOne 
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04-14-17 11:42 AM - Post#228739    
    In response to MrPhillie

Second the motion for some beef under the boards. Even a Willman type, who could more than hold their own in Patriot League games, had issues with non-conference big bodies. Perhaps the new transfer is the answer.

 
Bison137 
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Re: Bison Recruits 2017
04-25-17 12:19 AM - Post#228908    
    In response to Bison137

  • Bison137 Said:
Offer to Taylor Bruninga 6-9 205 lb PF/C from Illinois. Has picked up recent offers from UNI, Loyola, Eastern Illinois, and Northern Illinois. Also has had Creighton, Northwestern, Rice, Vandy, and others in to visit.

His Illini Bluff HS Is located in Central Illinois, near Ben Brackney's alma mater.




Bruninga just committed to Illinois State. They went 28-7 this year and 17-1 in the MVC. Split with Wichita State.




 
Bison137 
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04-25-17 11:23 PM - Post#228926    
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  • Bison137 Said:
Offer to Malik Osborne 6-8 210 lb PF (IL) from Don Bosco HS in the Chicago suburbs.

Has offers from Oregon State, William & Mary, Rice, Drexel, East Carolina, Milwaukee, Texas State, and UMKC. He only had one offer, UMKC, before late February. And seven of the offers have come in the last week.




Osborne ended up committing to Rice. Their new coach, Scott Pera, was the other outside finalist for the Bison job. He took over for Flannery disciple Mike Roades, who is the new coach at VCU.




 
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