Akron signed a fifth player for this year's recruiting class: 6-foot-6 small forward Quincy Diggs. Because his school, the University of New Orleans, is dropping Division I basketball, Diggs is immediately eligible to play in 2010-11.
Here is the press release from UA:
"Quincy is a valuable addition to our program and fills our need for a true small forward," coach Keith Dambrot said. "He will help diversify our inside-outside game. Getting a player with one season of Division-I experience under his belt and not being forced to sit him out as a transfer is an asset. He played under a good coach (Joe Pasternack) at UNO and will come to us with a nice understanding of the game."
A 6-foot-6, 195-pound forward, Diggs played in 27 out of a possible 30 games for the Privateers this season – averaging 3.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 13.3 minutes. Prior to joining the UNO squad, he played one season at Southwest Academy Prep School in Denver, Colo., when he averaged 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds.
A native of Wichita, Kan., he attended Plano East High School in Plano, Texas. As a senior at Plano East, he earned Second-Team All-District (9-5A) honors and helped the team achieved a 26-4 record.
As Dambrot's quote indicates, Akron was facing a void at small forward with the departure of Jimmy Conyers. The Zips will use Brett McKnight as the starter. Beyond him, there is no one who can truly guard the opposing 3. Brett McClanahan is undersized. C.J. Oldham is a walk-on. Nik Cvetinovic lacks the lateral quickness to keep up with a premier scorer off the dribble.
Tomorrow, I will break down what we might see from Dambrot's lineup next season.
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