Currently sitting pretty at 13-2, Mick Cronin’s Cincinnati Bearcats are at the top of the American Athletic Conference. Led by three of his seniors, Sean Kilpatrick, Titus Rubles and Justin Jackson, the Bearcats are one of the best defensive teams in the country. Cronin knows that this has to be the year to do big things, as these three talented individuals are all going to be either graduated or playing at the higher level next season. Luckily, he is bringing in some talent to fill the needs of his team.
Replacing Kilpatrick, who is putting up 18.6 points per game, will be difficult, but finding adequate replacements for Jackson and Rubles might not be as daunting as a task. Freshman Troy Caupain, currently is averaging 6.8 points per game in 19.9 minutes, will look to an expanded role next season, especially on the scoring end, having to take over for Kilpatrick. Here are the recruits Mick Cronin signed to join the team during the 2014-15 season.
Gary Clark is a 6-foot-7 power forward from Clayton, North Carolina. Ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 27 power forward, this 4-star, athletic prospect might be a little short for the power forward spot in college, but he might grow an inch or two before he gets there. It’s happened. He plays his high school ball at Clayton High School, and will look to immediately compete for a spot in the starting lineup.
Quadri Moore, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Linden, New Jersey, is another 4-star recruit for the Bearcats. Ranked as the No. 28 power forward by ESPN.com, he will most likely battle it out for a starting spot with Clark.
Coreontae DeBerry is a beast. At 6-feet-9, 270 pounds, the junior college transfer will look to play an important role right away and provide an inside presence on both sides of the ball for the Bearcats. He is a work in progress, currently averaging 10.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game at Hutchinson Community College, but Cronin has a knack for making less-recruited players into big-time contributors.
Overall, Mick Cronin did a nice job of finding big men, but unfortunately did not sign a scoring guard, leaving it up to his returning players to fill Kilpatrick’s void.