NCB On The Trail: Cincinnati Bearcats

"Don't recruit. Get."

It's the motto used by Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin and his coaching staff and almost an unofficial slogan for the way in which they approach recruiting.

"It essentially means that we don't want to talk about things that don't matter in the recruiting process and don't need to be one of those programs that recruits a ton of guys," assistant coach Darren Savino explained. "It's just a matter of finding out who fits and what we need to do to have the best chance to get them."

In other words, it's recruiting efficiency personified. Cincinnati isn't going to waste any time. They're not interested in making anyone's final list or being in the mix for a certain number of celebrated prospects, only in targeting prospects who fit their program and who they can realistically get.

Recruit and return: Cincinnati 

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In order to return to the NCAA tournament, a team needs contributions from returning players and incoming recruits. Here's a look at Cincinnati and its chances of dancing again in 2015.

Quick references:
2013-14 roster
2014 recruiting

Possible 2014-15 starting five:
G: Troy Caupain
G: Ge'Lawn Guyn
F: Jermaine Sanders
F: Shaquille Thomas
F: Jermaine Lawrence


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USA developmental team camp recap 

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The USA Basketball Developmental National Team minicamp featured some of the nation's best high school talent representing the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016. Head coach Don Showalter and his staff put the players through numerous intense and competitive drills, controlled scrimmages and game situations in this four-workout, two-day minicamp.

Note: ESPN 100 No. 1 overall player Jahlil Okafor didn't play on Day 1 after rolling his ankle during a one-on-one in the post drill.

Here are a few players who were impressive this weekend from the ESPN 100, 60 and 25 rankings.

ESPN 100 Standouts

Best Motor
Myles Turner (Bedford, Texas/Trinity)
C, 6-foot-11, 225 pounds
Considering: Kansas, Ohio State, Texas, Duke, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisville, Oklahoma State

Turner's talent and shot blocking is well-documented, but his consistent motor also makes the big fella special. Regardless of the outcome of the possession, Turner never stops playing. He runs, jumps and competes at a high level, which makes him stand out.


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#AskcoachB: Where's Onuaku headed?

October, 3, 2013
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Chinanu Onuaku (Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist) is set to make his college decision on Friday afternoon, as he just returned home from his third and final visit to Georgetown. He also visited Louisville and Miami.

Louisville seems to be the frontrunner for the center at this point, as the Cardinals are coming off a national championship last season and currently hold the nation’s No. 19 recruiting class. Miami losses a lot this season and so far it has done a very good job of building the nation’s No. 20-ranked class. Both schools have a need for more size.

Never count out the local school, Georgetown, which sits in a good spot after getting the last visit.

It would be a surprise if he picks Maryland, which has assembled the No. 3 class and has a loaded roster with really no room. The Terps are mainly focusing on underclassmen right now. Cincinnati could be a dark horse in this race.

Bearcats land forward Gary Clark 

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Mick Cronin and Cincinnati’s recruiting are on a roll. The Bearcats recently landed ESPN 100 PF Quadri Moore (Linden, NJ/Linden) and today added F Gary Clark (Clayton, N.C./Clayton). Clark had a terrific summer playing for CP3 and played especially well at the Peach Jam and in Vegas. He chose Cincinnati over NC State, Clemson, Wake Forest and Pittsburgh. Cincinnati has had outstanding success recruiting under Cronin and it all starts with their plan and evaluating talent. They have done extremely well with the versatile, athletic forwards like Clark.

“On my visit I loved the facilities and I really enjoyed the players in the program,” Clark said. “I noticed the relationship that Coach Cronin had with his players and I knew I wanted to be part of that someday."

Gary Clark
Joshua S. Kelly/USA TODAY SportsGary Clark (right) will bring versatility to Cincinatti's front court.
Why he committed

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Cincinnati scored a commitment from ESPN 100 PF Quadri Moore (Linden, NJ/Linden) on Tuesday afternoon. He was also considering Miami, Seton Hall, and Wake Forest. Moore joins freshman forward Jermaine Lawrence to become the second ESPN 100 prospect from the tri-state area to commit to coach Mick Cronin in as many years.

Why he committed: Cincinnati's strong roots in the tri-state area are directly tied to assistant coach Darren Savino, who grew up in the state, later played at St. Anthony under head coach Bob Hurley, and was an assistant coach at Rutgers before rejoining Cronin. Cincinnati was consequently able to identify Moore early in his career and recruit him diligently throughout the last few years.

What he brings: He's a highly skilled big man who stretches opposing defenses to the three-point line with ease and has a passer's instinct as well. Right now he's best suited as a trail big or a pick-and-pop presence in the half-court, but he's got the wide and naturally strong frame to become more of a post threat in time as well, making him a potentially very difficult match-up problem down the road.

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Vols land ESPN 60 PF

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According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee nabbed a verbal commitment from ESPN 60 junior forward Phil Cofer (Fayetteville, Ga./Whitewater) on Tuesday.

Cofer, ranked No. 56 in the 2014 class, chose the Volunteers over Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss, among others. He joins shooting guard Jordan Cornish (New Orleans/Brother Martin) in Tennessee's 2014 recruiting class.

Lawrence makes it official for UC 

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Top 25 recruit Jermaine Lawrence (Springfield Gardens, N.Y./Pope John XIII) made his commitment to Cincinnati official on Wednesday when he signed his letter of intent, the University announced.

Lawrence picked the Bearcats in February over St. John's and UNLV.


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ESPN 60 PG JaQuan Lyle down to six

March, 11, 2013
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ESPN 60 junior JaQuan Lyle (Evansville, Ind./Bosse) narrowed his college choices to six schools over the weekend. Lyle confirmed the news via his Twitter account on Saturday.

The 6-foot-4 point guard will decide among Illinois, Florida, Indiana, Louisville, Tennessee and Ohio State. Eliminated were Texas, NC State, Georgetown and Cincinnati.

Lyle's junior season came to an end on Saturday in an 82-65 loss to Greensburg in a regional semifinal. He scored 25 points and added 10 rebounds in the defeat.

Cincinnati lands ESPN 100 Jermaine Lawrence 

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ESPN 100 power forward Jermaine Lawrence (Springfield Gardens, N.Y./Pope John XXII) ended his recruitment on Sunday with a verbal pledge to Cincinnati, ESPN.com has confirmed.

Lawrence, who recently returned to action after battling a hand injury, chose the Bearcats over St. John's and UNLV.

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Cincinnati lands SF DeShaun Morman 

November, 16, 2012
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Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin landed a commitment from SF DeShaun Morman (Washington, D.C./Faith Baptist) on Friday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

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Bearcats add post-grad C Jamaree Strickland 

November, 7, 2012
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Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin nabbed a verbal commitment from center Jamaree Strickland (Oakland, Calif./Queen City Prep) on Tuesday, according to a source.

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Gamecocks land Georgia C Desmond Ringer 

September, 25, 2012
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South Carolina head coach Frank Martin received a verbal commitment on Tuesday from center Desmond Ringer (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing). Ringer announced his decision via Twitter.

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PG Kavon Stewart pledges to Robert Morris 

September, 25, 2012
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Multiple sources are reporting that point guard Kavon Stewart (Paterson, N.J./Hudson Catholic) has verbally committed to Robert Morris.

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SG Davon Reed commits to 'Canes 

September, 21, 2012
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Miami head coach Jim Larranaga landed his second 2013 commitment on Friday with a pledge from shooting guard Davon Reed (Princeton, N.J./Princeton Day), ESPN.com has confirmed.

The 6-foot-5 Reed made his official visit to the U last weekend. He also held offers from Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Memphis and Xavier. He will join guard Deandre Burnett (Miami, Fla./Massanutten Military) in Miami in 2013.

ESPN.com's national recruiting director breaks down this commitment.

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