Recruiting rewind: Cincinnati

20 Jul

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Over the course of the summer, the National Hoops Report will look back at the six year recruiting record of the BCS conference schools. Who found success? Who missed the mark? Where did the school find the talent? Who emerged as a sleeper? Who fell short of the expectations? The NHR looks back at Cincinnati in today’s Recruiting Rewind.

Mick Cronin has improved every year as the head man of the Bearcats on the court and on the recruiting trail.

The program has landed some surprises (see Lance Stephenson). The program has landed hyped local kids (see Yancy Gates). The program has landed and developed quality sleepers (see Sean Kilpatrick). The program has also whiffed on guys (see Anthony McClain, Darnell Wilks). It has been a mixed bag for the Bearcats. Despite all of that, Cronin and his crew made it to the NCAA tournament last season and won a game in the bracket.

Baby steps.

Perhaps the beauty of the Cincinnati-Mick Cronin project has been the value of the junior college players and Deonta Vaughn, an older player coming out of prep school.

Guys like Marvin Gentry, Marcus Sikes, Cedric McGowan and John Williamson along with Vaughn helped lay the foundation pieces. None of these guys were heralded players. Williamson was the team MVP his senior season.

Vaughn is one of the most storied players, statistically speaking, in school history. These guys didn’t win a lot of games but they helped keep the program a float.

In turn, high school players like Larry Davis and Rashad Bishop played key roles before Cronin and his staff reeled in better ranked players like Cashmere Wright and Gates.

Can the Bearcats recruit better than what they have landed? Yes. Regionally, the program is in a good place. Xavier and Ohio State are winning the local kids over while Cronin and his staff continue to mine elsewhere, particularly the Northeast.

It isn’t the most impressive body of work from a recruiting perspective but like Cronin, it seems to slowly get better year by year.


: 1
: 0
: 4
RECORD SINCE 2006: 108-90
: 1

BIGGEST STUD: Deonta Vaughn (2006)
: Anthony McClain (2007)
: Deonta Vaughn (2006)
: Kemba Walker (2008)


1. Deonta Vaughn (2006)
2. Lance Stephenson (2009)
3. John Williamson (2006)
4. Yancy Gates (2008)
5. Devan Downey (2005)
6. Sean Kilpatrick (2009)
7. Dion Dixon (2008)
8. Rashad Bishop (2007)
9. Cashmere Wright (2008)
10. Jamual Warren (2006)

Class of 2005
Player Position State Rank Notes
Devan Downey PG SC No. 36 Played one year at Cincinnati before transferring to South Carolina after Bob Huggins left for K-State
Tyree Evans SG MA No. 60 Never enrolled, went to prep school, ended up at Kent State for 2 years as a walk-on
Abdul Hererra C FL 3-star Enrolled but never played at Cincy, went to D2 before transferring to K-State
Cedric McGowan PF TX JC N/A Solid two years as key rebounder and inside presence
Class of 2006
Player Position State Rank Notes
Tim Crowell PG TX JC 3-star JC Played very little for one season at school, transferred to Division II
Marvin Gentry SG TX JC 3-star JC Played in 45 games in 2 years, average player during time at school
Hernol Hall C TX JC N/A Ruled ineligible by the NCAA due to his basketball participation in foreign competition.
Adam Hrycaniuk C TX JC N/A Played one season, role player
Marcus Sikes SF CA JC N/A Had a bigger role as a JR, was a rotation player as a SR
Deonta Vaughn PG OH 3-star Played in 129 games in his career, scored 1,885 points in career, school leader in assists, 3 points made, games started
Jamual Warren PG MA 3-star Solid role player in Bearcat rotation
John Williamson PF OH N/A JC Important and impressive JC transfer, 2nd leading scorer on team as JR and leading rebounder
Class of 2007
Player Position State Rank Notes
Kenny Belton PF NC 3-star Played one season before getting injured and redshirting
Rashad Bishop SF NJ No. 135 Solid four-year player, good role player for Bearcats
Larry Davis SG TX 3-star Came off the bench for four years
Jason Henry SF OH No. 54 Never enrolled at Cincy
Anthony McClain C MD No. 56 Never lived up to his hype coming out of high school, never averaged more than 10 minutes a game
Alvin Mitchell SF FL No. 112 Rocky two-years, suspensions and was shot after transferring
Darnell Wilks SF TN No. 68 Never averaged more then four points a game in his four-year career
Class of 2008
Player Position State Rank Notes
Dion Dixon SG IL 3-star Emerged as a junior starter, solid backcourt scorer
Yancy Gates PF OH No. 22 Always seems to be on the cusp of great things, averaged double digit points entire career
Steven Toyloy PF FL 3-star JC Played two ho-hum seasons as a reserve frontcourt player
Cashmere Wright PG GA No. 82 Injuries put his career on hold but primed for a big junior year, 45 career starts as PG
Class of 2009
Player Position State Rank Notes
Sean Kilpatrick SG MA 3-star Averaged just under 10 points a as a reserve, could prove to be a great recruiting steal over time.
Jaquon Parker SG VA 3-star Reserve guard saw his role decrease as a sophomore
Lance Stephenson SG NY No. 11 All things considered, his only season at Cincinatti was a wash. NIT, averaged just 12.3 points and struggled as a shooter
Class of 2010
Player Position State Rank Notes
Kelvin Gaines C FL 3-star Redshirted last year
Justin Jackson PF FL 3-star Played 35 games as a FR, played a reserve role, could be solid contributor as a JR/SR

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