July 25, 2014
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - For the CMU basketball coaching staff, the month of July is prime time for the all-important duty of recruiting. And this summer, like last year, head coach Keno Davis and his assistants have been scouring the Midwest for top talent.
It was a different story two summers ago after Davis was hired in the spring of 2012. With only three players returning from the previous season, Davis and his staff weren't able to immediately make recruiting in-roads during the summer but instead decided to spend the predominance of their time focusing on preparing for the upcoming year.
"We believed that if we were to only win two or three games that first season, it would be almost impossible to recruit for the foreseeable future," said Davis. "That first year was important not only to be able to have some success, but we needed to set the tone and lay a foundation for the program."
Fast forward to this summer. Through a lot of hard work and diligence by Davis and his staff, those vital recruiting roots have been firmly established and the fruits of that labor are coming to bear. The prospects for the future are bright and excitement for the program is beginning to build.
This year, the program will welcome three highly regarded freshmen in 6-11 forward Luke Meyer, 6-81/2 forward DaRohn Scott and 6-3 guard Filip Medjo, who are expected to immediately challenge for playing time or add crucial depth.
"The credit to our recruiting success goes to the assistant coaches and their tireless work in recruiting the right fit for CMU," said Davis. "When we talk about the right fit, we take in to account how driven the recruit is to succeed in college both in the classroom and on the court."
With the end of July drawing near, the CMU basketball staff will embark on its final recruiting session of the month buoyed by its recent success and aiming for the next piece to add to program puzzle, knowing that when they return to campus they will be able to reap the benefits of their prior recruiting successes on the court in 2014-15.
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