Isiah Thomas is at again.
According to internet reports, two of the nation’s top 100 players in the Class of 2011 have committed to Florida International: guard Cedrick McAfee and forward Darnell Harris.
Both are four-star recruits, and will join centers Chris Coleman and Yvan Ngirabakunzi, who have also committed to FIU.
McAfee is a 6-2, 180-pound point guard from Memphis Melrose, and is the 59th-best player in the country at any position, according to ESPNU’s rankings.
Harris, a swingman ranked 83rd overall, picked the Panthers over Providence and Loyola. He will join Coleman, a current teammate at Christian Life Center Academy (Texas), on Southwest Eighth Street.
Coleman has long been in Thomas’ plans, agreeing to attend FIU during his junior year.
Ngirabakunzi, a 6-9, 205-pounder out of Piney Woods, MS, chose the Panthers after backing out of a commitment to attend the University of Miami.
Interesting to note: FIU, which lured elite recruit
Dominique Ferguson to campus last year – although he’s still awaiting NCAA
clearance – is the only Sun Belt team to have a commitment ranked in the ESPNU
If all goes well, the Panthers will have three such players on the court next fall, instantly changing the team’s conference – and perhaps even national – outlook.