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Zips out of Adreian Payne sweepstakes

By mrasor Published: May 6, 2009

Men's basketball
Top-10 recruit Adreian Payne is no longer considering Akron, an inside source tells me. Payne's focus has narrowed to Ohio State, Michigan State and Kentucky.
Before assistant coach Jeff Boals left for Ohio State, it was Akron on the short list and Ohio State on the outside looking in. Those teams have switched places. Michigan State, a Final Four team, and Kentucky, with new coach John Calipari, have also surged ahead of some early favorites, such as Akron, Dayton and Xavier.
Keith Dambrot is focusing on filling his vacant assistant coaching job. Once he does, the focus will shift to recruiting for 2011, when the Zips will have four scholarships to give.

    Here is a list of players to whom Akron has offered a scholarship...
    Trey Burke, point guard, Columbus Offers: Akron, Butler, Cleveland State, James Madison, Ohio and Stephen F. Austin Height: 5-foot-11 Weight: 160 Notes: says that no player in Ohio has impressed people on the AAU circuit more than Burke, who is a tremendous shooter off the dribble or with his feet set. He will have to become stronger and a better defender at the next level. Burke was in Akron for the King James Classic.
    Stevie Taylor, point guard, Gahanna Offers: Akron, James Madison and Ohio Height: 5-7 Weight: 150 Notes: Taylor hails from the same high school as Nate Linhart. He could use half a foot, but he makes up for his size with incredible quickness with the ball and dead-on shooting. Like Burke, Taylor is one of Ohio's most promising guards. gives Taylor three stars.
    Travis Trice, point guard, Dayton Offers: Akron, Dayton, Butler, Cleveland State and Wright State Height: 5-11 Weight: 160 Notes: Trice is a well-balanced guard who can score a bunch but also averages a lot of assists. He grew up rooting for Purdue, where his dad attended, and Butler, where his dad transferred. He
    Traevon Jackson, shooting guard, Westerville, Ohio Offers: Akron Height: 6-2 Weight: 190 Notes: Jimmy Jackson's son has the pedigree to play Division I basketball. His greatest assets are strength and rebounding. With a father who was the No. 4 pick in the NBA Draft, Jackson will receive a lot of attention wherever he plays college basketball. As a 6-2 shooting guard who sometimes struggles with his shooting, however, Jackson probably won't receive many big-time offers. Xavier and Notre Dame are among the schools showing interest.
    Markus Crider, small forward, Dayton Offers: Akron, Dayton and Wright State Height: 6-5 Weight: 190 Notes: He is teammates with Trice at Dayton Wayne High School. Each of the schools who have offered Crider have also offered Trice. Crider's athleticism gives him a high upside. He considers his ability to slash as his greatest strength, but he is working on becoming a more consistent shooter and a better ball handler.
    Perry Henry, shooting guard, South Charleston, W.V. Offers: Akron, Marshall, West Virginia and Xavier Height: 6-4 Weight: 180 Notes: I can't find anything on Henry, which is unusual for a player with a BCS offer.

If it's any consolation, Dambrot finished fourth in the voting for best college coach in Ohio. As that story points out, Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports named Dambrot the nation's best mid-major coach.
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