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  1. New interest: Jayden Hastings - C, 6-9, 225 - Orlando, FL (Orlando Christian Prep) - AAU: Nightrydas (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @JaydenCHastings Offers: Dayton, St. John's, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Florida, Mississippi State, USC, South Florida, Iona. Interest: Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure, Xavier, Florida State, Illinois, Northwestern, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Stanford, Texas Tech, Iowa State, Central Florida, Boise State, SMU, Temple, Murray State, Illinois State, Princeton, Rice, Florida International, Southern Miss, Ohio, Samford, Liberty, Longwood. Latest News: Hastings has new interest from SLU. (5/16/22) Scouting Report: Hastings is a big, athletic frontcourt player with a variety of post moves. He cleans up the offensive glass and scores a lot of second chance points. He's a rim protector at the defensive end. He's an excellent passer for his size and position. Rankings: Rivals - 44, 247Sports - 67, 247Sports Composite - 96. Tate Laczkowski - PF, 6-10, 190 - Dallas, TX (Wilbraham & Monson Academy, MA) - AAU: Lone Star Elite - Twitter: @tatelatch Offers: None. Interest: Saint Louis, Davidson, Loyola-Chicago, Illinois, Oklahoma State, Colorado State, Air Force, SMU, Santa Clara, Penn, Cornell, Columbia, Rice, Marshall, Eastern Michigan, VMI, Army, Texas State, South Dakota, North Dakota, Denver, Vermont, UMBC, Lipscomb, UNC-Asheville, California Baptist, Northwestern State. Latest News: Laczkowski has new interest from SLU. (5/16/22) Scouting Report: Laczkowski is a lean stretch big who shoots extremely well. He scores inside and in the mid-range, as well. He blocks shots well and can defend multiple positions. He has good hands and agility, making him an effective rebounder. He handles the ball and runs in transition. He graduated from St. Mark's in Texas and is taking a fifth year at WMA in Massachusetts. SLU recruited his older brother Andrew, who plays at Penn. Javion Otten - SG, 6-4, 170 - Comstock Park, MI (Kenowa Hills) - AAU: Grand Rapids Storm (Under Armour Rise) - Twitter: @JavionO300 Offers: None. Interest: Saint Louis, Toledo, Western Michigan. Latest News: Otten has new interest from SLU. (5/16/22) Scouting Report: Otten is a tough guard with length and athleticism. He scores on three levels and rebounds the guard position well. He's very active at both ends, on and off the ball.
  2. New interest: Grgur Brcic - C, 6-10, 225 - Croatia (International Sports Academy at Andrews Osborne, OH) - Twitter: @GrgurBrcic Offers: None. Interest: Saint Louis, Dayton, Virginia Tech, Pacific, Kent State, Chattanooga, Bucknell, South Dakota, Denver, NJIT, Weber State, Southern Utah, Radford, Utah Valley. Latest News: Brcic has new interest from SLU. (5/16/22) Scouting Report: Brcic is an active, athletic big man who moves very well. He has great leaping ability and tries to dunk everything he can. He moves a lot in the half court and runs in transition. He's an aggressive rebounder, particularly at the offensive end, and is a good shot blocker. He can step out and shoot it from the perimeter.
  3. Add Chuks Isitua to the "staff following" list. 6-11, 220 lb. C from IUPUI. Averaged 5.6 and 4.6 in 21.6 MPG as a freshman. Shot .520 from the field and .574 from the line. Started playing basketball at 13, moved to the US from Nigeria at 14, attended Jack Yates HS in Texas. Good student. 3 years to play. Doesn't jump out as the most exciting prospect because he didn't put up big numbers on what was a pretty bad team but there might be some upside here given his size and the fact that he's still a bit raw.
  4. No. It's over a week since Stu said it was down to SLU and Washington State but his graduation was just this weekend so he may have been waiting to get home and do that first. To be clear, he's not a transfer - 2022 recruit.
  5. Yeah, he's a great player. Talent identified correctly. But he's up to a dozen offers and none of our coaches follow him on Twitter, so I don't know where things stand today. Might be an early offer that is essentially stale and stays on my list for a few years. It happens.
  6. Accepted. Ban lifted, on account of it being 1+ minute already. Agree with your last paragraph, too. This basically gets us back to where Stone was operating most seasons. I wonder what the long-term vision looks like in terms of upgrading talent.
  7. So there is a spot! @RUBillsFanpls apologize. I guess the above link confirms that Akila Smith isn't in the portal, so there ends that idea. I'm not interested in the other Longwood player in the portal, Briana Johns. Sophomore who averaged 4.5 and 3.3 in 18 MPG.
  8. Guess my math was wrong. I thought we had a spot or two left.
  9. New offer: Jordan Lowery - G, 6-1, 150 - Denton, TX (Guyer) - AAU: Drive Nation (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @IamJordanLowery Offers: Saint Louis, Oklahoma State, Kansas State. Interest: Butler, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Stanford, SMU, North Texas, Liberty, Nicholls State, Prairie View A&M. Latest News: Lowery received an offer from SLU. (5/13/22) Scouting Report: Lowery is a smart combo guard with a great feel for the game. He understands pace and spacing and makes plays for his teammates. He scores on three levels. He's an excellent on-ball defender and forces a lot of turnovers. He lines up in a backcourt with another freshman playing varsity, Jeremiah Green. He is originally from St. Louis and moved to Texas in the 7th grade.
  10. No, haven't heard anything official since a few months ago when she said this would be it. With the year lost to the knee injury, she has another season if she wants it. Could take some grad school credits. And I agree. If we're going to finally make serious local inroads with this program, we need someone really connected in STL.
  11. I'd say 2 of the 4 best players. McMakin was the leading scorer and Calhoun was fourth, although Calhoun was set to see a big jump in production with Tra'Dayja Smith - now a SLU assistant - graduating. Akila Smith was the other top-2 player on the roster this season and probably the best player down the stretch when Longwood got hot. I wonder if she's done or taking a GT year; I wasn't able to find anything about her transferring, though. Regardless, I think you're right that SLU is probably better in terms of the rest of the roster behind those top 4. Outside of Harbison, McNeal, and Toang transferring and MST moving on, I think everyone else is back. Tillett also held on to 3 of the 4 incoming players that Stone had signed. With McMakin and Calhoun, that's a roster that should return to the top half if they can avoid the horrible injury bug they had last season. I do wonder about bringing so many people from one place and how the returning players feel in that environment. Will they feel alienated, like they're not part of that club? Tillett is big on culture so hopefully she's acutely aware of how they're treated and/or how they feel.
  12. Including Sardin, I think that's now 8 total Longwood staff members and players who have been brought to SLU - all 5 current staff members (1 was a former player) and 3 transfers.
  13. As long as he still has NCAA eligibility, his academic expenses are covered by his athletic scholarship. Maybe the $5,000 scholarship can be applied to "academic related expenses" that may require paperwork/receipts or maybe it's just a stipend without any strings.
  14. Yes, there are still recruiting rankings. He's unranked at this point, although full 2024 lists have not been released/updated by all services.
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