This time last year was a day of great celebration. Zeke Marshall signed with Akron, relieving fans and coaches from months of rumors about a possible defection.
This signing day is about capitalizing on Marshall's talent. Three recruits signed today, and it is obvious that Keith Dambrot is finding big men who can stretch the floor by shooting 3s, which will keep Marshall from being double-teamed.
Dakotah Euton is a 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward who made 40 percent of his 3-point attempts last season. Michael Green is another sweet-shooting forward, and at 6-6, he will force opposing forwards to guard him on the perimeter. These two players will accompany Marshall for three years and require opposing defenses to stay honest.
The third recruit is Josh Egner, an athletic 6-7 forward who excels in transition. As a whole, this recruiting class also will be responsible for filling gaps left by the McKnight brothers.
A side question is: Who leaves the program? Dambrot has promised three scholarships. Only two are presently available. Dambrot apparently has an understanding with some players, who intend to transfer if they cannot find a place in his rotation this season. Judging on playing time last night, it appears as if one of the big men will be the one left out -- either Steve Swiech or Mike Bardo. Alex Sullivan is another possibility because of the crowded backcourt.
Akron is listed as a 13 seed on ESPN.com's Bracketology. I've been told that is subject to change before March.