Longwood has now offered Class of 2015 big man Siyao Sun from Bishop O’Connell High School. Sun is a 6’10 Chinese national who currently holds offers from Northeastern, Illinois State, Dartmouth, Columbia, Binghamton, and Lehigh.
Upon his arrival at O’Connell head coach Joe Wooten described him as such:
“He would remind you of a European big man. He’s a very good athlete, he’s got good feet, moves well. He’s got a nice jump shot, he’s comfortable shooting the three-point shot. … We have him playing JV and varsity summer league to get more game experience.” (via the Washington Post).
The raw project appeared in four games this past year for a talented O’Connell squad. He posted 7 points and 4 rebounds in a win over Good Counsel in December.
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By all accounts the Longwood coaching staff was out grinding on the recruiting trail this past week with the live period starting. Here is a brief recap of some of the news that trickled out:
Mount St. Mary’s, Longwood, JMU, VMI, Virginia Tech, & William & Mary among those watching game featuring 2016′s Maliek White & JJ Matthews
— Vantage Hoops (@VantageHoops) July 9, 2014
Matthews is a 6’7 forward who Longwood offered during the regular season this past year. Maliek White is a 6’2 guard from George Wythe in Richmond and would be a new name to watch for the Lancers. He’s already received an offer from Hofstra.
Gerrard Simpkins is likely the name to watch out of the Loaded 757 squad. Longwood has already expressed interest in the 6’3 Bishop Sullivan guard.
Longwood, JMU, High Point, Holy Cross, Liberty, VMI, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia Wesleyan, Macon among those here for Team Loaded 804 #BigShots
— Vantage Hoops (@VantageHoops) July 11, 2014
When you hear “Team Loaded” and “Longwood” keep an eye on Benedictine guard C.J. Wiggins and Thomas Dale two guard Andrien White. White had a solid week playing along the likes of Thon Maker last week according to Vantage Hoops:
One of the lesser known prospects on a heavily recruited team, Andrien White probably helped himself out the most on Friday. The 6’2 guard used his athleticism in transition, made plays on defense, and completed tough plays at the rim. In my eyes, he was the stock booster of the day.
— Kevin Schneider (@BigShotsReport) July 11, 2014
Longwood became the first to offer sophomore guard James Sullivan after he dazzled in Farmville at the Elite Camp and it seems like the Lancers kept the fullcourt press on the youngster throughout the week.
These two guards are new names to the Lancers recruiting mix and are worth keeping an eye on as the live period progresses.
VMI, Longwood, Radford, Mount Olive, and Davis & Elkins were all in the gym watching Team Richmond earlier #DCDuel
— Vantage Hoops (@VantageHoops) July 12, 2014
It seems like the Longwood Baseball coaching search is finally over according to Sean Ryan of College Baseball Insider:
Longwood will name Navy pitching coach Ryan Mau head coach in coming days. Before Navy, Mau was pitching coach at VMI.
— Sean Ryan (@collbaseball) July 10, 2014
Mau was an off the radar candidate who has plenty of local experience. The 2000 College of Charleston graduate has been in Annapolis since 2010 after spending 5 years at VMI as the pitching coach for the Keydets. Mau has establish a great rapport with the Midshipmen and even had them ranked as the top pitching staff (3.87 ERA) in the Patriot League a year ago. Mau has also been heralded as a talented recruiter and has put together recent recruiting classes ranked 81st (2013) and 83rd (2012) in Perfect Game’s Top 100 recruiting class rankings, despite the challenges in recruiting for a service academy.
Mau started his college coaching career at Charleston Southern, adding to his Big South experience. He also spent two years at Marist before heading to VMI.