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...
point guard, Columbus
Offers: Akron, Butler, Cleveland State, James Madison, Ohio and Stephen F. Austin
Notes: Rivals.com 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.
point guard, Gahanna
Offers: Akron, James Madison and Ohio
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. Scout.com
gives Taylor three stars.
point guard, Dayton
Offers: Akron, Dayton, Butler, Cleveland State and Wright State
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
shooting guard, Westerville, Ohio
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.
small forward, Dayton
Offers: Akron, Dayton and Wright State
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.
shooting guard, South Charleston, W.V.
Offers: Akron, Marshall, West Virginia and Xavier
Notes: I can't find anything on Henry, which is unusual for a player with a BCS offer.
If it's any consolation, Dambrot
fourth in the voting for best college coach in Ohio. As that story points out,
of Yahoo Sports
Dambrot the nation's best mid-major coach.