As the Zips coaches enter the summer recruiting season, they have a larger task ahead than most years.
They will grant four scholarships. The level of success Akron has in bringing in its top targets -- or more importantly, players who fit in Keith Dambrot's system -- could determine the team's success from 2009 to 2013.
That's not to mention that the team will need to replace Nick Dials, Jeremiah Wood, Cedrick Middleton and Quade Milum.
"2008 is a big year for us," assistant coach Jeff Boals said this morning. "After we lose that class, we'll be pretty young.
Akron has a database of a couple hundred high school juniors, broken down into three lists (A, B and C).
"Out of that class, we''ll probably bring in two guards and two power forwards or big kids," Boals said. "We just try to identify the guys we really want."
Per NCAA policy, coaches cannot discuss players they are recruiting until the player signs a letter of intent. The two major recruiting sites, however, say Akron already has extended six scholarship offers.