New recruits signed
June 7, 2010 —
With ten players returning from a team that finished fourth in the GLIAC, head coach Frankie Smith thinks it’s more about who’s returning than the incoming freshmen.
That’s not to say he isn’t excited about the five players that will join the squad next season.
“I think it’s pretty exciting that we have the guys coming back that we do,” Smith said. “But I couldn’t be more pleased with the incoming freshmen we have. From top to bottom, this may be the most talented class we’ve brought in since I’ve been here.”
Patrick O’Brien , a 6’3” small forward from Flint Powers Catholic, is someone Smith thinks will make an immediate impact.
“Patrick is very strong and physical,” Smith said. “He’s tough minded and a winner.”
In his senior season, O’Brien was named first team All State.
Logan Ellman may also find playing time next season. The 6’3” small forward is from Oconto, Wis.
“He’s a good driver and slasher,” Smith said.
Reese High School’s Josh Pickell, a guard, may be the smallest player in the class at 5’11”, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be effective.
“He has great floor vision and is smart with the basketball,” Smith said.
Mohammed Conde from Belleville had Division 1 potential but is still getting acclimated with U.S. schooling. The 6’6” power forward will be red-shirted.
“Mohammed was a highly talented recruit,” Smith said. “Even though he won’t be playing next season, he will be worth the wait.”
Lake Orion’s 6’8” center Ian Monk will also be red-shirted. In his senior season, Monk averaged 10 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks, and four assists per game. The biology major is excited for the opportunity to play Division II basketball.
“Coach Smith seems very dedicated to winning,” Monk said. “SVSU is definitely a program on the rise and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Smith seemed equally excited to have Monk joining SVSU.
“He’s a raw talent and is very physical,” he said. “He’s a good player that I expect to improve upon his skills over his time here.”
The Cardinals had a successful campaign last season. Smith hopes these players are the start of something bigger.
“I don’t want a great season,” he said. “I want a great program.”