July 7, 2008

Flashes have options at point

The Kent State men's basketball team has plenty of options at point guard for the 2008-2009 season. The Flashes return the Mid-American Conference player of the year in senior Al Fisher, although it's unlikely he'll play the point. The Flashes also return junior Chris Singletary who, despite possessing the size of a forward, is a talented ball handler. Top it off with the most experienced point guard, senior Jordan Mincy and the Flashes are loaded with capable point guards.

But who will replace them? Rising seniors D.J. Cooper of Chicago is one possibility, along with Ja'Rob McCallum of Marion, Ind., is another. Both players are being recruited by Kent State and both have offers from the school.

The 5-foot-11 Cooper said Kent State is high on his list after being recruited by Armon Gates, a Chicago native. Cooper plans on visiting Temple sometime this summer for an unofficial visit, and has already attended several basketball camps, including one at Baylor. The point guard wants to choose a school that plays tough competition throughout the season. Cooper wants to enter a program and have an immediate impact on the team, whether its during a game or in practice. Kent State coaches seem eager to have him aboard.

"They like the way I run the team," said Cooper, who averaged 16 points per game last season.

Kentucky, UTEP, San Francisco and Hawaii have also shown interest.

The Chicago Seton Academy point guard is currently playing for the AAU team Mean Streets.

The other option the Flashes are recruiting is McCallum. The 6-foot-1 guard attended the Kent State basketball camp and remains interested in Kent State. McCallum has been recruited by the new, but familiar, assistant coach Rob Senderhoff, along with new head coach Geno Ford.

"I've been recruited by pretty much every (Kent State coach), " McCallum said. " Senderhoff, coach Geno, everyone."

McCallum has been talking with Penn State, Oregon State and was contacted by Virginia last week. McCallum isn't leaning toward any school as of now, but is waiting until after his AAU summer season.

He averaged 12 points per game for Marion High School last season after starting the year as the sixth man. He is currently playing for the SYF Players.

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