I haven't heard much lately about the third and final scholarship that Geno Ford is looking to fill. It has just been the same two names that have been floating around for a while:
6-foot-8, 230 pound center Rodrigo Peggau and 6-foot-7, 220 pound power forward Anthony Simpson. Peggau is out of high school and just had knee surgery. Simpson is a JUCO player.
I would lean toward the latter, but it is still up in the air. Over on the NCAABBS board Simpson is described similar to "Q" because of his athleticism and quickness. You can read about that here.
One guy that I wish Kent State would pay more attention to next season, when six scholarships come off the books, is Canton Timken's Johnie Davis. Davis has signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball next season at Vincennes University. The junior college in Southwestern Indiana is where Shawn Marion began to his ascent to the NBA and is regarded as one of the better junior college programs in the nation.
The 6-foot-2 guard led the Trojans to a 24-1 season last year and the schools first district title since 1978. Davis is an explosive offensive player who is a good shooter and can attack the basket. He averaged 18.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.1 steals, while shooting 45.6 percent from the floor last year.
Getting out of inner city Canton could work wonders on Davis, who needs better test scores to qualify for Division I basketball. Hopefully, Davis will use the year intelligently and prepare himself for the next level.