Here's a quick recap of FIU basketball's recruiting class:
Add former Florida State freshman guard Josue Soto to FIU's class. He transferred Monday to FIU. Soto will be eligible to play in the 2008-2009 season for the Golden Panthers.
Soto was Florida's Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior at Jacksonville's Arlington Country Day. He led the Apaches to the first two state titles in their history, earning Florida Class 2A Player of the Year honors both years.
A former member of the Miami Tropics on the Nike Travel Team circuit, Soto was the
second leading scorer at the 2005 Peach Jam, averaging 25.4 points per game and trailing only future North Carolina star Ty Lawson.
Soto, a 6-1 point guard, becomes the sixth member of FIU's 2007 recruiting class, following 7-foot center Russell Hicks (Pepperdine), 6-11 center/forward Badara N'Diaye (Senegal), 6-2 guard Kenneth White (Texas A&M), 6-3 swingman Sadell Ayala (Iowa Western CC) and 6-2 point guard Tremayne Russell (South Dade, MCI Prep).
For those interested in Nestor Colmenares, no, he did not sign with FIU and will not sign with FIU.
Looks like coach Sergio Rouco has put together a nice class and should be able to make some noise in the basketball-weak Sun Belt. Like in baseball, there's no reason why the Golden Panthers should not be battling for the conference title year in and year out. I got a feeling they will be doing that in football real soon.
Speaking of football, Red Army has been writing in asking for a football preview. I think it's a little too early for that since the freshman class has yet to arrive. But if you go by spring football alone, I could tell you these 2 things: 1) FIU WILL NOT go 0-12 again....just because of the intangibles the new coaching staff brings: discipline and a work ethic. 2) The offense will not average 9.5 points per game like it did last season....because although all the athletes MC and co. need may not be here yet, there is going to be some creativity and more aggressiveness with the O. As for the number of wins.....check back in late August for my thoughts.
Hey, a big thanks to you all, the first ratings numbers for the Golden Panthers Prowl were e-mailed to me by the Herald earlier tonight and after just one month on-line the GPP ranked 6th among the 30 Herald blogs. Thanks for your support. We had 9,882 hits after being on-line for the first 40 days.
I'll be blogging to you next time from Sarasota where I'm off this week to cover the state high school baseball championships. Should be some interesting talk about FIU baseball in the next blog.