Deshaun Morman has officially left the Bearcats basketball program, opening up a scholarship slot on the team. Mick Cronin has not wasted any time searching for candidates to fill this vacancy. Here is a glimpse of the possible additions to next year’s squad.
Southern Illinois Forward Jordan Caroline
True freshman Caroline was SIU’s 2nd leading scorer last year with 9.2 points per game. He also added a helpful 6.2 boards per game. Caroline gets his buckets right around the basket. He is not a jump shooter (averaging just 25.4% on the year) and has no business shooting 3’s. He also shot just 56.3% from the freebie line.
He is listed as 6’ 7” and 235 lbs. and led Montverde Academy to consecutive national titles in 2013 and 2014 in high school. Athleticism runs in his family being the son of former NFL linebacker Simeon Rice.
Caroline is not Gary Clark, but could have 4 more years to learn and 3 years of eligibility to play (since he would have to sit a year after transferring).
UNC Asheville Andrew Rowse
Sophomore point guard Andrew Rowse is a pure scorer. Standing just 5’ 10” and 175 lbs., he averaged 20.3 points per game as a freshman and 19.2 points per game last year while making a combined and ridiculous 208 3’s. Before announcing his decision to leave the program, he was on pace to become UNC Asheville’s all-time leading scorer.
As a senior in high school he averaged 35.8 points per game and was named as the Virginia High School Player of the Year. He completed his career with 2,637 points, the 2nd most points by any high school player in Virginia.
Rowse could be another Farad Cobb-like scoring threat off the bench since Cobb has just one year of eligibility left. It’s no secret UC offense lacks from time to time. Any surefire offensive weapon would be a great addition.
Other schools expressing interest in Rowse include South Carolina, NC State, Duquesne, Marquette, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.
Charlotte Center/Forward Ebuka Izundu
Izundu is a 6’10” monster, widely regarded as one of the best players coming out of high school this year. He is ranked #2 in North Carolina and 68th nationally by 247sports.com. As can happen from time to time, Izundu was the victim of a coaching change with the Charlotte 49ers. Luckily, he was released from his letter of intent and is on the open market.
Izundu is a very hot commodity right now, being courted by at least UC, Georgia, Tennessee, and Boston College. Cronin has already made a trip to Atlanta to personally sell him on the UC program.
By Andy Smith
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