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It seems like Longwood’s 2015 recruiting strategy may have switched from finding another ball-handler to adding some frontcourt depth (Quincy Taylor is the only Lancer slated to come off the books after the 2014-15 season).  Coach Gee and the Lancers have offered 6’7 forward Melvin Brooks from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale. Brooks is considered a 3-star recruit and is rated as the 62nd best player in the state of Florida by Florida Hoops for the Class of 2015.

Thus far Brooks has brought in offers from not only Longwood but Central Connecticut, VMI, NJIT, Tennessee Tech, Rider, Wofford, Denver, and Big South rivals Liberty and Gardner-Webb.

Brooks joins Connor Schroeder, Michael Hall, Thomas Taylor, and Siyao Sun as forwards from the Class of 2015 who have been offered by Longwood. Sam Miller, a 6’7 win from Washington, DC was offered by the Lancers but committed to Dayton this week.

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Longwood has not played Hampden-Sydney in any capacity since November of 2005 when the Lancers took down the Tigers 87-71 in Willett Hall in an exhibition game. Social media, our message board, and other outlets have been littered with rumors of the “rivalry” kicking back up this year and we can confirm from multiple sources now that a game is indeed in the works.

Hampden-Sydney and Longwood will link up for an exhibition game in late October for the first time in nearly a decade. The game will be played in Willett Hall.

The contest is one of two exhibition games that the Lancers will likely play this year.  The other game is expected to be against USA South member Averett. If you remember last year the Lancers were supposed to take on Averett in the preseason but rules pertaining to non-Division I contests forced the game to be cancelled.

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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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