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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Eddie Mitchell Rider-bound

Rider got its second verbal commitment of the class of 2011 when Eddie Mitchell, a 6-foot guard from La Salle Prep in Philadelphia, gave coach Tommy Dempsey a commitment.

Mitchell joins Winslow Twp's Shawn Valentine as a rising senior who will arrive in Lawrenceville for the 2011-12 season.

The Broncs have one scholarship left over from this season and have four seniors on the 2010-11 roster, leaving Dempsey and his staff five available scholarships.

Rider is likely to add one or two more pieces to the class, with 6-5 shooting guard Deon Jones -- the younger brother of Jeff Jones -- atop their wish list.

Mitchell, lightly recruited through much of his junior season at La Salle, impressed college coaches with his AAU play this summer. He drew an offer from Penn State, along with those from Rider, Delaware, Niagara, Marist and Wagner.


Anonymous tmd39 said...

Is Tommy Boy going to add some size with this class, or is he thinking of starting a 5 guard lineup?

August 3, 2010 at 4:47 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will take talent over height,

August 3, 2010 at 6:17 PM 
Anonymous tmd39 said...

Size doesn't mean just height. This season he'll have Ring at the 4, Stewart (a freshman who is know as more of an athlete then low post player) at the 4 and Ezuma (still a project) at the 5, and Penn as a tweener 3/4. 2011-12, we lose Ring. I hope Tommy Boy has a plan for replacing Ring.

August 3, 2010 at 6:45 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

two words
Robbie Myers
Give me talent

August 3, 2010 at 8:42 PM 
Anonymous Marko said...

This is a great pickup. I have seen Mitchell play recently and he is unbelievable quick. Needs to get stronger and better shooter, but he breaks ankles with a great cross over dribble. Rider needed a point guard more than size. With Robinson and Youngblood gone the point was their greatest need.

August 3, 2010 at 11:41 PM 
Anonymous shooter said...

tmd has it all figured should have applied for the director of ops job. it's the MAAC, not the big east....there's no size in the maac. how many post players are in the league? 1? as long as you can rebound the basketball, size doesn;t matter in this league.

August 4, 2010 at 1:15 PM 
Anonymous tmd39 said...

Hey, shooter, a couple of things: 1) This is the comments section of a blog; are opinions not allowed? Or should we all just type, "Go Rider! Go Tommy!"?
2) How come KB and Donnie could always find low post players and Tommy Boy can't find anything but wings?
3) Just because there aren't a lot of low post players in the MAAC, we should build a team just like the rest of the conference? A good low post player (or two) could open things up for the wings, which would be hard for the MAAC to guard because of the lack of low post players.

August 4, 2010 at 5:37 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JT is a given.

Kevin Mcpeek, Ken Lacey, Robert Reed,Willie Dingle,Armel Minyem, Steve Castleberry am I missing any?

to me big men are 6'8 and over.

So McPeek and Lacey were good JT the best ever at Rider what other big men were there?

August 4, 2010 at 6:07 PM 
Anonymous shooter said...

it's tough to recruit a stiff to play in the post when your style of offense is to have all 5 guys handle the ball. they don't dump the ball into the's not the style of play the staff wants.
just have to rebound the basketball.

August 4, 2010 at 6:57 PM 
Anonymous tmd39 said...

I'd add Jc Cleveland, Tim Pennix, Jabbar Jones, Jonathan McClark to the list, Anony.

August 4, 2010 at 7:04 PM 
Anonymous MaacFan said...

Jonathon McClark. That is the type of player Rider needs. An extremely physical, aggressvie/sometimes dirty player. I see a little bit of Mike Ringold in him. McClark wasn't the best player on the court, but he hustled like crap when he was out there and he did EVERYTHING to get a rebound. You can't even talk about JT. He's a dime a dozen that Rider or the MAAC will see in a long time. ANON: No offense to Robert Reed or Willie Dingle, but I wouldn't even mention those names up aginst the other players that were mentioned

August 4, 2010 at 9:10 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not saying they were good players but refuting the claim that Harnum and Bannon recruited many great bigs, McClark was 6'7,

I think Nd-Ezuma will progress nicely in the next 3 years and I like Stewart, Valentine type of players over a Myers, Reed, Dingle etc.

August 4, 2010 at 9:42 PM 
Anonymous tmd39 said...

Anony, where did I say great bigs? Here was the quote: "How come KB and Donnie could always find low post players and Tommy Boy can't find anything but wings?" And McClark might have been 6'7", but it was a muscular, thick, hard-to-move 6'7".

August 4, 2010 at 11:45 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jackson, Penn, Myers, Ringgold, Nd-Ezuma, Dempsey has brought in Post players

August 5, 2010 at 3:43 PM 

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