While there is still no word yet on the Tyree Evans scenario, I wanted to take a minute to clarify a statement on my last post about Antonio Gates and Josh Cribbs.
The previous Evans post was written on the fly with me working through my thoughts on the situation as I wrote. While I wrote "legal troubles" that is not entirely what I meant. The thought that I was truly trying to convey is that many athletes have come to Kent State, and many other Mid-major schools, with off-field baggage. Evans would not be the first. Kent State has taken the risk before.
Both Cribbs and gates struggled academically at times throughout their respective careers at Kent State. Gates originally went to Michigan State to play both football and basketball, but the relationship soured when then football coach Nick Saban wanted him to focus more on football. Gates landed at Eastern Michigan where he ran into grade troubles. Two JUCO schools later he ended up at Kent State as a last ditch opportunity for himself (hence the connection in my head to the Evans scenario).
Cribbs also battled some grade issues that scared away bigger programs. He also had a desire to play quarterback, which many schools were not willing to do. His legal issues did not come until he was at Kent State when he was arrested for marijuana. Yet it was not after, it was during his career with the Flashes.
The name that is perhaps the closest example to Evans may be former safety Abe Elam. Before landing at Kent State, Elam was kicked out of Notre Dame after sexual battery charges in 2002. He did not cause any problems at KSU. I think he is a much better example than the two names I mentioned previously.
Evans brings a unique scenario and a lot of question marks with him if he comes to campus. Last year the Flashes attempted to bring in a similar player, formerly of Purdue, named Korey Spates and it blew up in their face. After disrespecting Jim Christian and not participating in summer workouts he was quickly removed from the team. A guy by the name of Al Fisher was then found to replace him at the last minute.
Is Evans the next Korey Spates? Or is he the next Abe Elam, who now starts for the New York Jets? If he comes, only time can tell.
It appears as if former Kent State forward Isaac Knight may be joining NAIA power Walsh University. The Cavaliers are in rebuilding mode down in North Canton after St. Vincent St. Mary High School standouts Brandon Weems and Corey Jones graduated last year. If he is accepted, Knight could give some quality minutes and help that program a lot.
recruiting for 09
While the 2008-2009 team is still yet to take the court, it is never to early to start thinking about the future. Chicago prep star D.J. Cooper has been offered a scholarship by Kent State, according to this article. He is a 5-foot-9 point guard.
The Flashes have also offered scholarships to 6-foot-6 185 pound small forward Marquis Horne of Princeton high school in Cincinnati and Another point guard, Ja'Rob McCallum of Marion, Ind.