Dan Muller: Illinois State Head Coach Ready for Redbirds' Rebuilding

By rodneyknuppel

Dan Muller, in his first season as a collegiate basketball coach is looking to make waves in the world of college basketball recruiting. Muller knows he is in a state full of basketball talent from the high schools. Dan Muller has got his name out within the high school coaches and athletes in the city of Chicago, and is looking for a big recruiting class out of 2013.

Muller will go into battle with several new recruits following head coach Tim Jankovich leaving for Southern Methodist University.  Kaza Keane is the big recruit of the spring. Aaron Simpson was going to play for the Redbirds, but recently decided to attend Lincoln College instead. Simpson is from Waukegan IL – where he played at North Chicago High School. Keane is a point guard who played his high school basketball in Canada. Both players will fit in well with the returning players at ISU.

What has Muller and staff excited is the beginning of a solid recruiting class for 2013. Tony Willis from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis committed on August 11th. Willis is a shooting guard that was given three stars following his Junior season. Paris Lee also made a commitment to Coach Muller. Lee is beginning his senior season at Proviso East High School in Maywood Illinois.
Lee has a chance to be the starting point guard next season for the Redbirds.

Illinois State University is also in with several other recruits in the state of Illinois. Marquise Pryor out of Orr Academy in Chicago is a power forward that would certainly help the Redbirds in the paint. Also on the recruiting board for the Redbirds is Kyle Davis, another point guard – out of Hyde
Park in Chicago. Peoria Manual shooting guard A.J Riley and Washington High Schools star Alec Peters are both Central Illinois top players and both being heavily recruited by the Redbirds.

Muller knows he has competition when it comes to recruiting these athletes. Pryor has University of Illinois and Kansas State among others after him. Davis also has Kansas State, along with Northwestern wanting him to play. Riley, out of basketball hot bed Peoria is pondering offers from several other Missouri alley schools, as well as Santa Clara and Illinois-Chicago. Peters, who is 6’7 has offers from Boston College, Butler, Rice and St. Louis on the table.

Things are interesting in Bloomington/Normal. Despite a olid season a year ago, the Redbirds found themselves without a head coach. Now, with a former player in the mix, the Redbirds appear to be in good hands. Muller has proven himself as a solid recruiter, now the question will be his X’s and O’s on the court.


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