By Joe Henricksen
Coach Tracy Dildy's rebuilding project at Chicago State continues as the Cougars inked a six-man recruiting class this spring that includes plenty of local flavor.
"This signing period instantly makes the CSU men's basketball program a true contender for reaching all the dreams and goals this wonderful university deserves," Dildy stated. "We, as a staff, have signed some really talented individuals that I'm confident will represent Chicago State University in the way the administration, faculty, students and community would be very proud of."
While the class has several local recruiting ties, the headliner may be 6-3 guard Nate Duhon out of Lansing Community College in Michigan. Duhon averaged 18 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists this past season. He was named a second team NJCAA Division II All-American.
Former Rich East star Jamere Dismukes, who wrapped up a terrific two-year run at Black Hawk Community College, will provide a presence defensively in the backcourt and a playmaker as a point guard. He averaged 14 points, 4.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds a game this past season.
Chicago native Greg Tucker, a 6-2 guard who played this past season at North Dakota State College of Science, will return home after averaging 12.8 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds a game last season.
The Cougars landed some size in 6-7 Sauk Valley Community College product Matt Ross, a versatile frontcourt player who averaged over 15 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks a game. In addition, Arthur Gage is a 6-10 center out of Lincoln College, while Modestas Masiulionis is a 6-4 guard from Moraine Valley Community College.
"We have really strengthened our backcourt and added much-needed depth in our frontcourt," says Dildy, who will welcome back Great West Conference Newcomer of the Year Jeremy Robinson next season.