June 21, 2011

A look ahead: 2012 recruiting needs

It is hard to believe there could be two more different recruiting classes or needs than the recruiting classes for Colorado State in 2012 and 2013. As the July recruiting period gets underway, we take a look at the Rams' needs and scholarship availability they have over the next two seasons.

The Class of 2012
Overview: Recruiting for the Class of 2012 is going to be a bit unusual. While there are just two scholarships going into this class, the Rams will welcome four new players to the line-up in 2012, due to the fact Colton Iverson and Daniel Bejarano become eligible. Both were originally recruited to Big Six Conferences, with Iverson starting half of the season last year for the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Bejarano coming to Arizona as a top-20 recruit. While it is a non-traditional recruiting class, the Rams are off to a great start with a pair of top-100 players who are coming in more mature physically and mentally than a typical freshman.

Who is leaving Will Bell is the Rams' only senior going into this basketball season.

Scholarships available: Colorado State came into the recruiting season last spring with four scholarships, but the recruitment of Bejarano and Iverson will cost the Rams two of their four for next season. Colorado State could have used one of those scholarships for the class of 2011, but chose to keep it in their pocket for the Class of 2012. That will allow some balance for the program.

Needs for 2012: The Rams are going into the recruiting season with their eyes on a playmaking guard and a big guy. Whether the big is a power forward or a center remains to be seen, but the roster of returnees would make it look like a four man would be a good investment of a scholarship. Recruiting the center position at the Mountain West Conference level seems to result in more of a time investment than forwards and the Rams could use a four man sooner rather than later.

Who the Rams have their eyes on:
CSU is in the process of evaluating the talent for the 2012 class, but some names have already been associated with Ram scholarship offers. Fred Van Vleet is a point guard from Rockford (Ill.) who was in town for the Rams' Elite Camp recently and is seeing his own popularity rise dramatically right now. The 5-foot-11 guard is known as someone who plays with poise and is a solid decision maker with athletic ability.

Chicago guard Aaric Armstead has an offer and can play both guard positions at 6-foot-5 and is regarded as a playmaker with good size. 6-foot-5 guard Marcus Posley is another Illinois guard who was in on a visit recently. Jacoby Bledsoe stands 5-foot-9 but holds offers from schools as large as Oregon State.

Among the other names to watch is Isiah Zierdon, from the Twin Cities, who is listed by Rivals.com as a three-star recruit. Finding a big man has been a little more difficult and the Rams are looking at several right now including Ramon Johnson of Newark, New Jersey.

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