Men's Basketball Recruiting Class Ranked No. 18 by Rivals.com|
Aug. 20, 2008
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati’s 2008-09 men’s basketball recruiting class has been elevated to the 18th-best in the country by Rivals.com, the website announced today.
After adding 7-foot-1 center John Riek (Sudan/Winchendon School), who signed a financial aid agreement last week, the Bearcats moved up into the Top 20 after previously being unranked.
“Whenever you can add three quality big men to your program in the same year you have to be pleased,” said third-year head coach Mick Cronin. “We have done that and more with the addition of our two young guards as well. My staff deserves a great deal of credit as they have worked tirelessly to rebuild this program through recruiting. We are obviously excited about our upcoming season and look forward to growing this team into a BIG EAST contender.”
The class now consists of three players ranked among Rivals.com’s Top 100 players. Cincinnati native Yancy Gates (Cincinnati, Ohio/Withrow), the first hometown recruit for Cronin and the 22nd best player in the nation, headlines the class as a five-star recruit. Point guard Cashmere Wright (Savannah, Ga./Urban Christian Academy) and Riek give UC a pair of four-star recruits. Dion Dixon (Chicago, Ill./Crane Technical Prep Common) and Steve Toyloy (West Palm Beach, Fla./Miami-Dade CC) round out the class as three-star signees. Dixon joins the Bearcats after coming from the highly-regarded Crane High School program in Chicago, Ill. Toyloy is a junior college transfer from Miami-Dade Community College.
The Bearcats open the 2008-09 regular-season on Nov. 16 vs. South Dakota at Fifth Third Arena to begin a string of 13 non-conference games that concludes on Dec. 29 at 2008 NCAA Tournament Runner-up Memphis.