Iona Lands Glover and Other Area Recruiting Links

July 16th, 2010

The first half of the July open evaluation period ended yesterday, allowing the many recruiting analysts, coaches and players the opportunity to recharge their batteries for events in Orlando, Las Vegas and everywhere in between next week (I'll be in Vegas). But despite the emphasis on evaluating kids in the 2011 class and beyond there was still room for additions to help out area programs for the upcoming season. The biggest winner in the week of additions could be Iona, who adds an immensely talented player in forward Michael Glover.

Glover, who began his career as a Seton Hall commit who wasn't cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse, has had a number of stops on the way to being signed by Tim Cluess' program earlier this week. Two different junior colleges and a commitment to St. Francis (NY) that changed when Brian Nash resigned have led the Bronx native to New Rochelle, where he could be the difference between Iona being a contender and the favorite to win the MAAC. But the Gaels weren't the only ones adding talent, as St. John's and Seton Hall made late additions to their 2010-11 rosters. 

The Pirates signed 6-11 center Aaron Geramipoor from Manchester, England. Geramipoor, who played at the Canarias Basketball Academy with (now) fellow Pirate Patrik Auda, averaged 20 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks per game last season. He's been described as a project but with Kevin Willard having experience ahead of him (along with Auda and Anali Okoloji coming in) the Pirates can afford to take their time in developing Geramipoor. Geramipoor becomes even more of a bonus if Herb Pope is cleared to play come October. 

As for St. John's, their project comes in a smaller package so to speak. Michael Perez, who averaged just under 30 points per game as a senior at Pueblo HS in Tucson, accepted a scholarship offer to join the program. Perez had a good spring and given the Red Storm's perimeter depth they can afford to let the 6-3 guard use the upcoming season as one to get used to the rigors of Big East basketball. While there were some good individual players that he faced at the scholastic level (Maryland commit Terrell Stoglin should come to mind), the jump will be a steep one at the start but he's a competitor. 

And in coaching news, Barry Rohrssen made two additions to his staff. Scott Adubato, who was previously at Seton Hall, joins the staff as does NBA veteran and former Kentucky standout Scott Padgett. Given the coaching experience of Adubato (whose father Richie was also a longtime coach) and NBA chops of Padgett, the Jaspers should have a good mix in regards to player development. C.J. Council was the lone holdover on Coach Rohrssen's staff.   

And lastly, if you're in need of some basketball to check out this weekend, heading down to Orchard Beach to check out the Hoops in the Sun "Bash at the Beach" on Sunday would be a pretty good idea. A number of familiar names have been on display at Hoops in the Sun this summer, including Omari Lawrence (transferring to Kansas State), former Fairfield guard Herbie Allen, incoming Manhattan Jasper Roberto Colonette, and former Iona great Steve Burtt Jr. Stay cool, and there will be daily reports from Las Vegas beginning Thursday.