Like many elite junior college programs, the College of Southern Idaho sends a large number of players to the Division I ranks on an annual basis.
JUCO Junction caught up with CSI Head Coach Guy Beach this week, and he gave us the run down on six of his sophomores who could wind up at Division I programs next year.
Weber State is hoping to package a pair of Golden Eagle players when it hosts 6-8, 240 pound Guillaume Yango and 6-0 point guard Ryan Davis the weekend of Apr. 12.
Yango, a finesse big man from Martinique, West Indies, averaged 4.7 points and 2.8 rebounds for CSI this season. He started just one of 30 games for the Golden Eagles, shooting 60 percent from the floor and 76 percent from the foul line.
Yango has been offered by Pacific and Idaho State. He visited Pacific on March 26 and then went to Idaho State on March 30. Tennessee-Martin is also in the picture and trying to secure a visit from Yango.
Davis, who spent a year at San Jose State prior to enrolling at CSI, averaged 5.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per contest. He started 28 of 32 games and logged an average of 23 minutes per game. Davis is originally from Berkeley, Calif.
Clint Deas, the Golden Eagles' rugged 6-6 power forward from Garner, N.C., has trips planned to Rider (Apr. 12) and Appalachian State (Apr. 19). He previously visited Winthrop.
Deas averaged 2.8 points and 5.4 rebounds for CSI. He started just one of 32 games, and played an average of 13 minutes per contest. He shot 56 percent from the floor on mostly high percentage opportunities.
Three other Golden Eagle sophs -- Sakrid Dent, Rob Black and Jeff Williams -- are also receiving some feelers from D-I programs.
Dent, a 6-2 combo guard from Elizabethtown, N.C., averaged 7.2 points per game and shot 40 percent from beyond the three point arc. He started just two of the 29 games that he appeared in and averaged 12 minutes per outing.
Beach said that North Carolina A&T, Southeast Louisiana and D-II Black Hills State are each looking at Dent this spring.
Jeff Williams, a 6-6 forward from Portland, Ore., spent a year at Montana State before transferring to CSI last fall. Williams played sparingly for the Golden Eagles, averaging 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 21 games.
Portland and Northern Illinois are involved with Williams this spring, Beach said.
Finally, Rob Black, a 6-2 sophomore guard from Eden, Id., appeared in 28 games for CSI. He averaged two points and one rebound in limited action (8.4 minutes per game).
A terrific student, Black is being courted by Colgate and Cornell, Beach said.
JUCO Junction will keep you posted on all of the CSI sophomores as the spring signing period approaches. Stay tuned!