Forward Josh Egner of Jackson High School verbally committed to play at Akron, according to the Canton Repository.
The 6-foot-6 senior-to-be averaged 14 points and nine rebounds per game as a junior. He shot an impressive 59.7 percent from the field.
The coaching staff likes Egner's athleticism -- that he plays above the rim. His offensive game compares to Romeo Travis, in that he can post up but also play on the perimeter and drive. On defense, Egner has a long wingspan, which allows him to contest shots. The coaches see him as a nice complement to Zeke Marshall at the power forward.
Egner had offers from many MAC schools and some other mid-majors, such as Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His teammate, Mark Henniger, already committed to Kent State.
Egner said this to HighMajorScoop.com:
“I visited 5 or 6 schools, and honestly Akron was close to home and growing up in the area and getting to see and understand the tradition it was a no brainer for me and my family. ... I also like the extra benefit of them being sponsored by Lebron and Nike, since I have played AAU for Lebron’s AAU program I know how well they take care of you and that is just icing on the cake. This is where I will be going this summer with King James during July; Kansas City, Akron, WVU Jamfest and Orlando.”
The site says this about Egner's game:
Josh crashes harder than 99% of the kids that play basketball and he has a very high motor, a undeniable love for the game and a confidence and a passion that you just don’t find in most kids these days. Like every young player he still needs to continue improving his offensive skill set and fundamental handle, but he will make up for that with his ability to defend, jump, rebound and run the lanes.
The coaches initially planned to limit the class of 2010 to one player, giving the other available scholarship to Darryl Roberts, who will be a senior. With the glut of youth on this team, it is likely that some players will find themselves on the wrong side of the depth chart. Like in John Rybak's situation, the Zips might see a player or two transfer.
Akron's other commitment for 2010 is Michael Green, a forward from Dublin, Ohio.
A source has confirmed that Akron will replace Jeff Boals with Rick McFadden. Stepping into McFadden's role is Dan Peters, an assistant coach at Ohio State.
Peters is a Kent State graduate who served as head coach at Youngstown State and associate head coach at Cincinnati before joining the Buckeyes. He was an assistant coach for two years at Akron (1990-91). Perhaps his best achievement was earning Mid-Continent Conference Coach of the Year honors at Youngstown State in 1998.
Peters will serve as director of basketball operations. Despite his ties to Ohio basketball, he will not be permitted to recruit.
Charlie Frye found a temporary home in Oakland's crowded backfield.
The Akron alumnus is one of six quarterbacks for the Raiders. Frye will battle Bruce Gradkowski, Andrew Walter and rookie Danny Southwick for the third-string job.
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