Men sign two including Eureka stand out, women’s team pick up three in NCAA early signing period
With the NCAA early signing period upon us, here is a preview of some recently signed recruits fans will see on the Hilltop next year.
The men’s basketball team signed a pair of forwards on the first day of the NCAA early signing period.
Jordan Prosser of Eureka High School and Milos Knezevic of Liberty High School in Henderson, Nev., both signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Braves for the 2009-10 season.
Prosser averaged 19.5 points per game and 11.7 rebounds per game his junior season, and he was named to the first-team Class AA all-state team at the conclusion of the season.
“I like the Bradley coaches,” Prosser told the Peoria Journal Star. “They’ve been recruiting me since my freshman year and they’ve been there at every one of my AAU games. And the new facilities will be there my freshman year. I like Bradley’s offense better than some other schools I was looking at, which play a lot slower.”
Coach Jim Les said he was glad the Braves could sign a player of Prosser’s caliber.
“He is one of the top players in the state,” Les said. “[We’re glad] he stayed home to help build Bradley’s tradition of excellence.”
Knezevic, who is originally from Croatia, averaged 14 points and eight rebounds for his Nevada high school.
Knezevic told the Journal Star he thinks he will fit in well with the team.
“My game is based from the outside,” he said. “The way Bradley plays is unbelievable. I think I will thrive in that offense.”
Les said the Braves initially gained interest in Knezevic while recruiting Bradley freshman Darian Norris.
“He’s a great fit for our system,” Les said.
The Braves locked down three new recruits during the fall signing period, including one Central Illinois stand out.
Brooke Bisping of Morton, Olivia Allen of Lake Zurich and Katie Yohn of Elgin will make their way to the Hilltop next fall, and coach Paula Buscher should be pleased with the talent she has coming her way.
Bisping, a 5-foot-7 guard, was one of the more sought-after recruits in the state after being an all-state selection by the Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times and Champaign News-Gazette as a junior, and helping Morton to a fourth-place finish in the IHSA Class AA state tournament as a sophomore in 2006-07.
She averaged 21 ppg last year for the Potters and has also averaged double-figure scoring in each of her three years at Morton.
“Brooke is just a great kid and a great player,” Buscher said. “She played a number of sports in high school and is great at finding ways for her team to win.”
Bisping was also an all-area selection in volleyball, but chose to pursue basketball.
“It was a tough decision, but overall I felt it was the best fit for me,” Bisping told the Journal Star. “I love volleyball also, but I decided my freshman year that I just wanted to devote my time to basketball once I got to college.”
Allen is a 5-foot-6 guard who averaged more than 10 ppg and shot nearly 50 percent from the field on the way to being named to the All-North Suburban Conference team.
She has also already played with Yohn, as the two teamed up to play AAU basketball last year.
“Olivia has tremendous speed and athleticism, she gets to the rim and causes defenses to breakdown,” Buscher said, according to bubraves.com. “I believe Olivia’s best basketball is ahead of her. She will remind our fans of Skye [Johnson] with her quickness.”
Finally, the Braves landed Yohn, a 5-foot-11 guard and second-team all-state selection who averaged 20 ppg to go along with more than four steals per game.
“Katie is a long athletic guard with very deep range,” Buscher said, told bubraves.com. “She is quick off the dribble and makes everyone around her better. She had a terrific summer on the AAU circuit for Full Package [and] Lady Lightning. Katie is a good defender and a relentless worker, spending hours a day working on her game which will pay off for her next season.”
The Scout will keep students informed as more recruits commit to Bradley. Check next issue for a compete update.