Bocot Increases Mid-Major Beef

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The commitment of Justin Bocot to Southern Illinois only increases the shift that is happening in college basketball. More talented players such as Bocot are opting for smaller schools and it is beginning to level out the playing field. The Missouri Valley Conference is the top Mid-Major conference in the country and the 2007 recruiting class only adds to their future. SIU has the best of the 2007 class in their conference. Carlton Fay is the best post player in the Illinois class of 2007 at this present moment in our opinion. Bocot is in our opinion the most offensively talented player in the state for 2007. Add to that another big in Nick Evans and a guard in Brandon Wood and it looks like SIU will only increase their team talent in the next couple of years.

To MidStateHoops.com this shift be a very important change in college basketball. Bocot is the type of player that could put a team like SIU in a position to be a serious contender in the tournament. A team with excellent coaching, defense, rebounding, leadership, and basketball IQ, the only thing missing is a true go-to scorer. If Bocot can step in and translate his offensive talent to that team, they become as dangerous a tournament team as you will find in the country. Now a lot has to happen between now and then in order for the team to even be in a position to be a serious title contender, but this scenario is one that we feel could become very realistic if their program can manage to acheive maximum potential.

MidStateHoops.com expected Bocot to commit to a school that was not on his present list. Though we weren’t sure which school it would be, SIU is not much of a surprise. They have been in contact with Bocot since his freshman year. At one point they were his leader during his sophomore year. They were always an option in the back of his head. He was simply waiting on offers from bigger schools. After visiting SIU this past weekend Bocot decided that SIU was the place for him.

The bigger is not always better approach appears to really be catching on in Illinois. Bocot opting for SIU rather than waiting for high-major offers is part of a growing trend in the state. Carlton Fay could have easily held out for high-major offers. Many expected Brandon Dunson to attend a prep school and garner high-major offers as a 2008 prospect. Instead he committed to Tennessee-Chattanooga. MSH thinks that Matt Roth, Joseph Bertrand, Jeremy Robinson, and Tyler Storm could be a few Illinois prospects who decide to take this approach in the few short years to come.

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