By Joe Henricksen
The Loyola basketball program continues to make a big recruiting splash in August, with the latest commitment coming from Thornwood's Darrell Combs. The 6-1 combo guard committed Wednesday night and joins an impressive recruiting class that already includes Indiana products in 6-8 Nick Osborne, who committed earlier Wednesday, and 6-7 Matt O'Leary.
"I know I can go to sleep at night now knowing where I am going to college," said Combs, who had offers from Detroit, Cleveland State, Manhattan and Eastern Kentucky. "With my commitment out of the way, I can worry about my books and working on my game."
Combs, a smooth combo guard who is a true scorer, is excited about the direction the program is headed in under the new coaching staff, led by head coach Porter Moser.
"I have a great relationship with the coaching staff," said Combs. "That's what I wanted and found at Loyola. I love the school and I love the league they play in. If Butler can do it, why can't Loyola, you know? I think they [Loyola] are really putting the pieces together and are ready to put that program on the map."
Combs has been one of the real undervalued players in the Class of 2012, but he's been among the Hoops Report's top 15 prospects in the class for the past year and is currently the Hoops Report's No. 12 ranked senior.
Last year as a junior, Combs averaged 19 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds a game. He's a versatile offensive threat, capable of putting it on the floor or knocking down shots from the perimeter, with range and a nice mid-range game. When Combs is rolling offensively, he will score in bunches and thrives when the flow of the game is up and down, where he can operate in space.
For more on Combs go to this previous Hoops Report blog. ... Combs one to watch.