Thursday, February 18, 2010

Recruits and other MSU men's basketball tidbits

Talked with Minnesota State basketball recruit Alex Hanks on Thursday, and for more on the conversation, pick up Friday's print edition or visit the web site Friday. But the gist of the conversation revolved around how excited he is to be joining the Mavericks next fall. The irony is that he lives in St. Cloud and attended Saturday's game at Halenbeck Hall, where he used to root for the home team, but he's already bleeding the purple and gold of Minnesota State and he's eager to get started.
The Mavericks received a commitment from guard Anthony Brant of Vermilion Community College in Ely. What stands out about him is that he's made 113 of 264 3-pointers in 25 games, both of which would represent program records at Minnesota State. However, Vermilion coach Paul McDonald assures that Brant plays both ends of the floor and passes well, and he said character is Brant's best trait.
The Mavericks enter Saturday's game at Southwest Minnesota State needing a victory to maintain first place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. St. Cloud State takes on Minnesota Crookston on Saturday, and Minnesota Crookston has just one conference victory. By my math, the Mavericks would still host the conference tournament if they tie with St. Cloud State for the regular-season championship, based on the strength-of-conference opponents tiebreaker.

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