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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Commitments alter Oakland's recruiting future

Despite Oakland fans’ best wishes for a brotherly reunion at the O’rena, Flint Powers standout Patrick Lucas-Perry announced Wednesday he will not be joining older brother Laval at Oakland, opting instead to attend Penn. Oakland was reported to be the other finalist in his decision-making process.
The younger Lucas-Perry would’ve been a good addition in coach Greg Kampe’s backcourt, which should start Laval Lucas-Perry and all-conference first-teamer Reggie Hamilton. Ryan Bass would be a solid backup at a point guard position that was in flux for much of the season, before the Grizzlies began to rely almost exclusively on Hamilton, despite his noted turnover issues.
“(Patrick Lucas-Perry) would’ve had a good chance to play after his freshman year,” Kampe said. “Point guards are hard to find, so you try to get as many as you can, so it’s disappointing.
“We’re set for next year, but it’s very important in that next recruiting class that we get one.”
The Grizzlies didn’t have to worry much about the point guard position during the four-year tenure of Johnathon Jones, who set several assist marks while starting each season.
“We went through a period there where we didn’t really have anybody but (Jones). I couldn’t take him off the floor, because nobody wanted to be his backup.”
Oakland also lost out on dynamic Doug Anderson from Mott Community College, who chose to take his talents to 6 Mile Rd. and play for Ray McCallum at Detroit. There was some concern last year, as it appeared Anderson had given a verbal commitment to Duquesne, but that proved untrue.
Anderson, who will have two years of eligibility remaining, averaged 15.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He was in the top 40 junior college recruits this year and has been featured in the Top 10 plays on "SportsCenter" for his high-flying theatrics.
It was a tough day on the recruiting trail, we'll see how future Oakland classes look because of today.


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