Available Spring Big Men

Talent pool led by Riek-Suas, Harris and Majok

Feb. 14, 2008

By Van Coleman,

CSTV.com & Hoopmasters.com


Van is one of the nation's premier recruiting experts.

There is still a number of quality inside talent available led by John Riek-Suas, Rashanti Harris, Ater Majok, along with jucos Ken Bowman, Sterling Link and Steven Toyloy.


There are a number of big men who can help schools next fall that are still available to sign next spring. One, Ken Bowman from Hutchinson CC (Kan.), is down to two schools: Maryland (a strong favorite) and Kansas State. While others are just starting to see their school lists start to grow. One player, we thought might join this spring's list of available talent, 7-foot Kyle Rowley from Lake Forest Academy (Ill.) has reconfirmed the fact that he will be a part of the junior class (2009).


With that in mind, here's a look at some of the big men we will be following this spring as recruiting starts to heat up as we get closer to the April 9th signing date.


Top Available Big Men (Listed by Height)


Jason Bennett 7-foot-3 265 C Tallahassee CC (Fla.) - This former Kansas State signee is a mobile big man that can block shots and score around the hoop. He's added strength and has just started to see interest pick up with South Florida, West Virginia, and Miami (FL) among schools who've been in to look, but is wide open.


John Riek-Suas 7-foot-2 240 Winchendon School, (Mass.) - This long and lean shot blocker can run floor like a deer. He has an eight-foot wing span, which is getting bigger each time we see him. He has Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Georgetown and the NBA on his list of possible destinations next fall.


Melvin Oliver 7-foot 290 Jackson Elite Christian Academy (Miss.) - This wide bodied former Las Vegas prep has been creating a little buzz with his aggressive game around the hoop recently. He will be one of the premier talents on display at the National Prep Alliance Championships in Waco (Tex.) next weekend.


Xavier Crawford 7-foot 225 C Yuba CC (Calif.) - Former Bradley signee has good offensive set and can block shots. He's added strength and that will draw interest this winter. Taking early looks were Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, and Wyoming.


Abdul Herrera 6-foot-11 C Hutchinson CC (Kan.) - This athletic insider has good hands, scores in the paint and will block shots and hit glass. He is wide open but has gotten looks from Kansas State, UNLV, Nebraska and Wichita State this fall.


Jamie Vanderbeken 6-foot-10 245 C Tyler CC (Tex.) - This skilled big man can pop jumper from perimeter, but has really improved his work on the blocks and the glass. He recently has 23 points in Tyler's win over San Jacinto CC. His early schools include Penn State, St. John's, Marshall, DePaul, Iowa State, and South Florida.


Steven Toyloy 6-foot-10 255 C Miami-Dade CC (Fla.) - Mobile insider has a soft touch around the hoop and runs the floor well. His early schools include Minnesota, Baylor, Clemson, West Virginia, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas State, Washington State and Mississippi.


Danarius Robinson 6-foot-10 210 C Columbia Spring Valley (S.C.) - This mobile shot blocker uses length to dominate paint on glass and on defense. He has quick feet and good hands, but needs to add strength and bulk to his frame. He's had looks from Cincinnati, Clemson, Kansas and South Carolina but is wide open at this point.


Jimmie Sutton 6-foot-10 250 C Central Florida CC (Fla.) - He is an active rebounder and plays hard on both ends. He can score in close and has had a lot of schools looking. They include South Florida, Florida Atlantic, Marist, Utah, Wichita State, Alabama State, and Arkansas Little Rock.


Alex Rivas-Sanchez 6-foot-10 230 C Pratt CC (Kan.) - He's just starting to come into his own as a rebounder and defender, but has good tools on offensive end. He has had looks from Miami (FL), Nebraska, Texas A&M, Utah, Utah State, West Virginia and Wichita State.


Teeng Akol 6-foot-10 200 PF Bradenton IMG Academy (Fla.) - This skilled African import continues to get stronger and more efficient on the offensive end of the court. He has good bounce, can score facing hoop or block shots. He is hearing from schools like West Virginia, Houston, Pittsburgh, DePaul, Syracuse, Connecticut, Kentucky, Miami (FL), Rutgers and St. John's.


Josh Harrelson 6-foot-9 270 C Southwestern CC (Ill.) - This physical big man has a great set of hands, finishes in traffic and can knock down pop out jumper. This eligible freshman, is waiting on a release but has had Wisconsin, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Purdue in the stands taking a look this winter.


Rashanti Harris 6-foot-9 245 C Columbus New Hope (Miss.) - This active big man has become the fastest riser of the winter months jumping all the way to our Top 25 nationally. He has dominated in the fourth quarter against the nation's best. He is hearing from Mississippi, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Texas, LSU, Memphis and Florida. He'll be close academically.


Zvonko Buljan 6-foot-9 225 C Vincennes CC (Ind.) - He's a skilled inside-out scorer whose averaging 18 points and 10 boards so far this season for the Vincennes squad. His early schools include Colorado State, George Mason, South Florida, Iowa State, St. Bonaventure, Iowa, Cleveland State, and St. John's.


Ken Bowman 6-foot-9 230 PF Hutchinson CC (Kan) - Skilled big man can face hoop and pop 15-footer or go inside and finish with authority in traffic. He recently visited Maryland with his teammate Bobby Maze (Maryland commit) and was ready to commit, but has decided to take a final visit to Kansas State before making his final choice.


Curtis Brown 6-foot-9 220 PF Garden City CC (Kan.) - This physical rebounder can clean the glass, outlet and score at the other end. He loves to get physical around the hoop on offense. He's hearing from Auburn, Cincinnati, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Tennessee.


Chris Roquemore 6-foot-9 230 PF Garden City CC (Kan.) - Other half of the Garden City twin towers, he is an exceptional athlete with the ability to score around the hoop or dominate on the glass. He's had Illinois, Texas A&M, Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas in to watch him this winter.


Ater Majok 6-foot-9 215 PF Martinsville Heat Academy (Va.) - This skilled big man from Australia will be playing with the Heat Academy again this weekend in Waco. He has all the tools to be an impact talent. He has Connecticut, Kansas, UCLA, Kentucky, West Virginia, Baylor and Memphis among his finalists.


Marvin Jefferson 6-foot-8 235 PF Modesto CC (Calif.) - Athletic insider can finish at rim or rip it off the glass. He can really run floor and has been hearing from Bradley, Fresno State, Nebraska, San Diego State, Tulane and UC Santa Barbara.


Robert Eppinger 6-foot-8 240 PF Highland CC (Ill.) - This much traveled, but skilled face-up big man can score from elbow or role to the block and finish in traffic. He's had a wide range of interest, with Dayton, Illinois State, Purdue, Toledo, Xavier, Indiana, Ball State, Northern Illinois and Seton Hall all showing some interest.


L.A. Pomlee 6-foot-8 225 PF Davenport Central (La.) - This athletic insider can flat out block shots, fill lane, and he's really improving his game on the offensive end. He is going to be close academically, so stay tuned on that. He's hearing from Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Bradley, Indiana and Kentucky at this point.


Sampson Carter 6-foot-7 210 PF Memphis Hamilton (Tenn.) - This Mid-South combo has great springs and an explosive first step to the hoop, and a solid mid-range game. He really caught our eye last summer and has interest from Clemson, Virginia, Memphis, UTEP, UAB and Cincinnati.


Aaron Fuller 6-foot-7 205 PF Mesa H.S. (Ariz.) - He has been one of the fastest rising inside scorers in the western states. He can post you up and score with either hand or float to the arc and knock down open jumper. He's averaging 25 points and 11 boards so far this winter. He's hearing from Iowa, Michigan, Creighton, UTEP, Clemson, Oregon State, SMU, Tulsa, Saint Mary's (CA) and Long Beach State but is still wide open.


Other Juco/High School Big Men to Watch:


Tijan Jobe 7-foot 265 C Olney Central CC (Ill.)

Josh Crawford 7-foot 220 C Oxnard CC (Calif.)

Aziz N'Diaye 7-foot 235 C Lake Forest Academy (Ill.)

Aaron Redecker 6-foot-11 235 C Three Rivers CC (Mo.)

Trevon Duty 6-foot-11 220 PF Redlands CC (Okla.)

Krys Faber 6-foot-10 250 C Los Angeles Ribet Academy (Calif.)

Edgar Garibay 6-foot-10 225 C Compton (Calif.)

Steve Goins 6-foot-10 230 C Chicago Curie (Ill.)

Corbin Moore 6-foot-10 220 C Los Alamitos (Calif.)

Maurice Sutton 6-foot-10 200 C Upper Marlboro Largo (Md.)

Robert Mafra 6-foot-9 235 C Southeastern CC (Ia.)

Papa Samba-Guisse 6-foot-9 215 C Salt Lake CC (Ut.)

Sterling Link 6-foot-9 245 C Garden City CC (Kan.)

Hugh Barnett 6-foot-9 260 C Iowa Western CC (Ia.)

Bocar Ba 6-foot-9 245 C CC of Southern Idaho (Id.)

Stevy Gael 6-foot-9 220 C Technical Career Institute (N.Y.)

Kendrick Johnson 6-foot-9 250 C South Plains CC (Tex.)

Francis Aihe 6-foot-9 205 PF Santa Fe CC (Fla.)

Corey Smith 6-foot-9 240 PF Pleasant Grove (Ala.)

Chris Gabriel 6-foot-9 210 PF Lenoir Patterson School (N.C.)

Genesis Maciel 6-foot-9 250 PF Worcester Academy (Mass.)

Luka Mirkovic 6-foot-9 205 PF La Porte Lumiere (In.)

Petras Balocka 6-foot-8 255 C Pensacola CC (Fla.)

Rashawn Alexander 6-foot-8 235 PF Harford CC (Md.)

Jeron Lewis 6-foot-8 280 C Northeastern CC (Colo.)

Tyrone Bradshaw 6-foot-8 210 PF Southwestern CC (Ill.)

Jerrod Jones 6-foot-8 225 PF Michigan City (In.)

DeAngelo Castro 6-foot-8 220 PF Seattle Franklin (Wash.)

Robert Goff 6-foot-8 195 PF Indianapolis Broad Ripple (In.)

DeMarco Sempter 6-foot-7 265 PF Motlow State CC (Tenn.)

Justin Jackson 6-foot-7 220 PF Cherryville (N.C.)

T.J. Robinson 6-foot-7 215 PF Oakdale St. Thomas More (Conn.)

Martez Walker 6-foot-7 220 PF Aston American Christian (Pa.)


We will be updating you on the available back court talent at the wing and guard spots, watch for that update right here at "Generation Next."

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