… I had a chance to watch Mark Henniger and Randal Holt play for the first time this week, and I think Kent State hit big with both players.
Holt will help this year. He already plays with real maturity. He can score all over the court. Great court sense.
Henniger would help KSU right now, too, if he didn’t have his senior year of high school ahead of him. He reminds me a little of Akron’s Nate Linhart. Very smart. Very good around the basket. Crafty with the way he gets the ball to the rim, making his shot very tough to block. Good passer. Showed good range making several pick-and-pops. I really like this kid. He is very close to 6-foot-8 with a good frame. Add a little more muscle and he could be very special. If he adds a little more muscle and still has a little growing spurt in him, he would be a real steal.
… I also saw Robert Johnson play this week. He is as good as I remember him from his junior year of high school.
… Brandon Parks weighed in this week at 20-pounds less than his playing weight from the 2008-09 season. It’s a good sign that he’s working hard and keeping the weight off during the offseason. The commitment should pay off in his senior year, and that could make it easier for KSU to redshirt Justin Manns.
… (From my notebook in Saturday’s Record-Courier) Seven members of Kent State’s men’s basketball team are on campus for the “Summer 1” session of summer school.
“All of our first-year players will be enrolling in Summer 3, which starts in the middle of July,” said KSU head coach Geno Ford. “They will be here and be part of our strength program, then they’ll stay for the beginning of school in August.”
The first-year players will not, however, be allowed to participate in the team’s 10 days of practice in August. Those sessions are preparation for the Flashes’ late-August trip to Italy. Freshmen-to-be are not permitted on the trip.
“Those guys can observe practice when we are in Kent, but in no way shape or form can they be on the court,” said Ford. “They can’t rebound a ball. They can’t throw a pass. If they want to do any weight lifting with our strength coaches, they cannot even come up to the gym to do conditioning on one area of the gym we aren’t using. The rules are very strict.”
… (Also from my notebook in Saturday’s Record-Courier) Kent State’s summer strength and conditioning program is underway with 64 members of the Golden Flashes football team in town to participate.
“Those 64 players are either going to summer school or working, but staying here so they can workout with our strength coach,” said KSU head coach Doug Martin. Included in that group are true freshmen Brian Wagner, Brian Winters and Kent Walker.
Wagner is a tight end from Crestwood High School, Winters is an offensive lineman from Hudson, and Walker is linebacker from Hargrave Academy in Virginia, who could battle for a spot in the rotation in his first college season.
“Beginning in July, we’ll have about 12 more freshmen on campus,” said Martin. “Some of those guys are busy playing in all-star games.”
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