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A New Big Man Recruit For Mick Cronin?

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I have exciting news for Mick Cronin:  I've found him a big man recruit.

 

OK, there's a catch - Mick is going to have to wait 18 years to sign him, but Jason Maxiell is about to become a dad in the next few weeks and he's already referring to his unborn son as a "future Bearcat."

 

"Yes I am," Maxiell told me with a grin.  "I am on eBay every-other-night looking for baby stuff with a UC logo on it."

 

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On Wednesday night, Maxiell will be inducted into UC's James P. Kelly Athletics Hall of Fame as part of a stellar class than includes baseball legend Sandy Koufax, Lou Groza Award-winning kicker Jonathan Ruffin, UC swimming and diving coach Monty Hopkins, and the 1960-61 national championship basketball team.

 

Maxiell learned about the honor in a phone call from Mick Cronin, who did much of the legwork in recruiting him to Cincinnati as an assistant under Bob Huggins.

 

"Mick did most of the flying to Dallas to come and see me - it was pretty much all Mick," said Maxiell.  "Just to see him now in the role of head coach as I get picked for the UC Hall of Fame - it's an accomplishment for both of us."

 

Maxiell is certainly deserving of his Hall of Fame induction as he ranks 12th on Cincinnati's career scoring list and 3rd in blocked shots.  He also earned his degree before being selected in the first round of the 2005 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons.

 

"UC made me more outgoing and more responsible," said Maxiell.  "I came to Cincinnati as a shy guy and playing under Huggs broke my shell."

 

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Assuming the NBA lockout eventually ends, Maxiell will be entering his seventh year with the Pistons.  He has two years remaining on a 4-year, $20 million contract.

 

"It seems like it's flown by," Jason told me.  "I wish I could slow it down a little bit so I could get to the point where my son-to-be could see me play."

 

He and his wife Brandi plan to name their son Jason II and I honestly wouldn't be surprised if he grew up to be a Bearcat.  Jason is a proud supporter of his Alma mater and was thrilled when Coach Cronin led UC back to the NCAA Tournament last year.

 

"Now I can go in the Pistons locker room and brag about the Bearcats again," said Maxiell.  "That was my top priority.  As soon as they beat certain ranked teams, I was in the locker room plastering things all over the place."

 

I'd love to hear from you at Dan.Hoard@bengals.nfl.net

 

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I'm really excited to hear he still supports his alma mater regardless of who's the current coach. I wish Kenyon would get over himself and embrace the school that gave him so much, especially now that all involved in Huggs departure have moved on.

I miss seeing Steve Logan play. What happened to him after he was drafted. Do you think he might ever be back around town again?