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bison137

Sam Dunkum Commits

As expected, 6-11 center Sam Dunkum, from Arkansas, has committed to LC.  According to Verbal Commits, he also had an offer from UT-Martin.   He had visited LC a couple of days ago.
Andy

Re: Sam Dunkum Commits

bison137 wrote:
As expected, 6-11 center Sam Dunkum, from Arkansas, has committed to LC.  According to Verbal Commits, he also had an offer from UT-Martin.   He had visited LC a couple of days ago.


"Dunkum"????  Come on, you're pulling our leg again, 137.
Andy

http://cityofbasketballlove.com/2...-sam-dunkum-commits-to-lafayette/


ARKANSAS CENTER SAM DUNKUM COMMITS TO LAFAYETTE
Posted on September 1, 2014 by cbengel
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Chris Bengel (@clbengel)


Lafayette was a team that was expected to do well in the Patriot League during the 2013-2014 season. However, things didn’t go exactly as planned, as injuries derailed their season in a 11-20 year.


Lafayette coach Fran O’Hanlon (above) and the Leopards got their second commitment of the 2015 class on Monday. (Photo: Josh Verlin)

Despite their struggles, coach Fran O’Hanlon and his staff are having success on the recruiting trail. Little Rock Christian Academy (Ark.) center Sam Dunkum became the latest to pledge to the Leopards on Sunday.

Dunkum visited Lafayette’s campus over the weekend, and seemed to have a great time. Per his Twitter account, the Arkansas native said “it was by far the best visit I’ve ever been on.”

Dunkum also had an offer from Tennessee-Martin to go along with interest from Arkansas, Baylor, and Tulsa.

With Dunkum in the fold, Lafayette now has two commitments in the 2015 class. Perkiomen School small forward Paulius Zalys committed to the Leopards back on April 30.

CoBL will have more on this story shortly.
Andy

More from the excellent CoBL:

“Not only is Lafayette getting excellent size in the Arkansas product, but they are also getting a kid who has made excellent strides over the past 15 months,” said national recruiting analyst Eric Hampford of Future150.com, who’s tracked Dunkum’s progress. “Playing at North Little Rock with nationally acclaimed guards, he has been able to play against excellent athletics day in and day out, and has spent many mornings working before school to improve.”

With Dunkum in the fold, Lafayette now has two commitments in the 2015 class. Perkiomen School small forward Paulius Zalys committed to the Leopards back on April 30.

When he gets to campus next fall, Dunkun could be one of just two true centers on the roster, along with current junior Nathaniel Musters. The Leopards could also start two power forwards up front, possibly current freshman Matthew Klinewski and junior Ben Freeland.

“Right now, he’s at his best as a rebounder and defender, but it’s important to note that his footwork, athleticism and finishing ability have improved tremendously,” Hampford said.//////
BillS

Andy wrote:
More from the excellent CoBL:

“Not only is Lafayette getting excellent size in the Arkansas product, but they are also getting a kid who has made excellent strides over the past 15 months,” said national recruiting analyst Eric Hampford of Future150.com, who’s tracked Dunkum’s progress. “Playing at North Little Rock with nationally acclaimed guards, he has been able to play against excellent athletics day in and day out, and has spent many mornings working before school to improve.”

With Dunkum in the fold, Lafayette now has two commitments in the 2015 class. Perkiomen School small forward Paulius Zalys committed to the Leopards back on April 30.

When he gets to campus next fall, Dunkun could be one of just two true centers on the roster, along with current junior Nathaniel Musters. The Leopards could also start two power forwards up front, possibly current freshman Matthew Klinewski and junior Ben Freeland.

“Right now, he’s at his best as a rebounder and defender, but it’s important to note that his footwork, athleticism and finishing ability have improved tremendously,” Hampford said.//////
Could be the best highlight name in CBB. .. Dunkum
jmverlin

Hey guys--
Josh Verlin from CoBL here. Just wanted to say thanks for the support and posting our stories on here. I do, however, have a small favor to ask. We get a lot of revenue from advertising--so when you guys post the whole story here, and nobody clicks the link over to the site, it sort of defeats the purpose. I don't want to nitpick, because I do really appreciate the attention, but if you could refrain from posting ENTIRE stories on here and let people go check it out on the site, it helps us stay around for longer and continue to do what we do!

Thanks,
Josh Verlin
BillS

jmverlin wrote:
Hey guys--
Josh Verlin from CoBL here. Just wanted to say thanks for the support and posting our stories on here. I do, however, have a small favor to ask. We get a lot of revenue from advertising--so when you guys post the whole story here, and nobody clicks the link over to the site, it sort of defeats the purpose. I don't want to nitpick, because I do really appreciate the attention, but if you could refrain from posting ENTIRE stories on here and let people go check it out on the site, it helps us stay around for longer and continue to do what we do!

Thanks,
Josh Verlin
Np Josh we understand. .say hi to Mike Gibson @papreps for me .
Bogus Megapardus

Sam Dunkum.  I really do hope I'm not the first one to say this, but do his friends call him "Slam?"
Bogus Megapardus

jmverlin wrote:
Hey guys--
Josh Verlin from CoBL here. Just wanted to say thanks for the support and posting our stories on here. I do, however, have a small favor to ask. We get a lot of revenue from advertising--so when you guys post the whole story here, and nobody clicks the link over to the site, it sort of defeats the purpose. I don't want to nitpick, because I do really appreciate the attention, but if you could refrain from posting ENTIRE stories on here and let people go check it out on the site, it helps us stay around for longer and continue to do what we do!

Thanks,
Josh Verlin


A brief quote from, accompanied by a direct link to, City of Basketball Love is in order any time we make reference to Mr. Verlin's fine website - just as we do with Paul Reinhard's stories and others.

PM me if you ever find difficulty posting direct links to other websites.
bethlehempard

LC used to play against Spencer Dunkley of Delaware, a Brit I think.
This name is better.
We now have two real big guys. If Musters keeps working on the one inside move he tries relentlessly and gets the ball, he'll score more.
Fans have been asking for this even if Dunkum is a project. I see some Sports Center highlights on the way for the name alone.
Dunkley was drafted and played professionally overseas and in the U.S.  Not in the NBA. I met him once by chance. Quite a pleasant chap.
Imagine, it's easy if you try. Lafayette has two potentially legitimate big guys.
What does it mean?
“Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together…mass hysteria!”
Andy

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
jmverlin wrote:
Hey guys--
Josh Verlin from CoBL here. Just wanted to say thanks for the support and posting our stories on here. I do, however, have a small favor to ask. We get a lot of revenue from advertising--so when you guys post the whole story here, and nobody clicks the link over to the site, it sort of defeats the purpose. I don't want to nitpick, because I do really appreciate the attention, but if you could refrain from posting ENTIRE stories on here and let people go check it out on the site, it helps us stay around for longer and continue to do what we do!

Thanks,
Josh Verlin


A brief quote from, accompanied by a direct link to, City of Basketball Love is in order any time we make reference to Mr. Verlin's fine website - just as we do with Paul Reinhard's stories and others.

PM me if you ever find difficulty posting direct links to other websites.


The direct link to the exact same article (now with updates) was included in the post directly above the post in question. I take full blame for neglecting to post it again. Keep up the great coverage, Josh!
Bogus Megapardus

Andy wrote:


The direct link to the exact same article (now with updates) was included in the post directly above the post in question.


Smile   Smile   Smile

Andy shows the way!  End of discussion ///
Andy

Lafayette commit and 2015 North Little Rock (AR) C Sam Dunkum has been working! More agile and athletic. 6'10" and steadily improving!
8:22pm - 13 Sep 14

Future150.com
Bogus Megapardus

Andy wrote:
Lafayette commit and 2015 North Little Rock (AR) C Sam Dunkum has been working! More agile and athletic. 6'10" and steadily improving!
8:22pm - 13 Sep 14

Future150.com


"Dunkum is a talented big man that runs the floor very well and is a decent rebounder. He has gotten more explosive in the past few months and has really grown into his frame. Lafayette has a player on their hands and he could ultimately develop into an all-patriot league level talent."

http://future150.com/hs/basketball-profiles/sam-dunkum-c-2015
Bogus Megapardus

It appears that Mr. Dunkum also possesses well-deveoped, classic Pard goofball skills in addition to his basketball skills.  He's gonna fit right in:

https://vine.co/v/hAwwgvvWj5j
Pard4Life

Excuse me for being cynical, but how do we know that this is not another skinny tall kid who is a project and will get out muscled in the interior and have the unneeded ability to shoot threes?
Bogus Megapardus

Pard4Life wrote:
Excuse me for being cynical, but how do we know that this is not another skinny tall kid who is a project and will get out muscled in the interior and have the unneeded ability to shoot threes?



BillS

Pard4Life wrote:
Excuse me for being cynical, but how do we know that this is not another skinny tall kid who is a project and will get out muscled in the interior and have the unneeded ability to shoot threes?
Sam is listed as 6' 11 225 lbs he has over a year to add another 15 lbs of muscle before he plays his first game as a Pard.
Pard4Life

So you're saying best case he is Muscala?
Bogus Megapardus

Pard4Life wrote:
So you're saying best case he is Muscala?


Hmm . . . that would do nicely.
carney2

I would be thrilled to just have this kid's name mentioned somewhere in the vicinity of Muscala's.

Wait a minute, didn't we just...

I'm thrilled.
Pard4Life

We may be overstating things a bit.

However, given our history with these types of kids, my expectations are very low.
Bogus Megapardus

Pard4Life wrote:
my expectations are very low.


I'm going to go out on a limb here.  As awkward and troublesome as it is put this in writing, I'll just do it anyhow:  I admit that I am willing to have my expectations exceeded.   Wink
carney2

Pard4Life wrote:
We may be overstating things a bit.

However, given our history with these types of kids, my expectations are very low.


The combination of history and Lafayette are on your side.  Still, we are looking at a big man who is not obviously a skinny project.  How long has it been since we've been able to say that?  Maybe the Australians.  And maybe not.
adcs2

This has "major project" written all over it. I know it was a very good team, but the kid didn't play much as a junior? Sounds like we have a 7-foot cheerleader.  Think M.L. Carr.

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Little did North Little Rock center Sam Dunkum know that playing in an AAU tournament in Pennsylvania earlier this year would lead to a scholarship offer.

Last week, Dunkum (6-foot-10) signed a letter-of-intent to play next year at Lafayette College in Easton, Penn. The Leopards are a Division I school in the Patriot League.

Dunkum had received interest from several schools including Tennessee-Martin, St. Louis University and Tulsa. His trip to Pennsylvania caught the eye of staff from Lafayette.

“They liked his upside, meaning how far he can go in the future,” North Little Rock Coach Johnny Rice said. “Number two, he is a good student, and it is a high academic school.”

Once Dunkum took a visit, he knew Lafayette was the place for him. It also helped that the Leopards really wanted him and offered him right away.

“Once I went there, I realized there was not a better situation for me,” Dunkum said. “They saw the potential in me, and I’m the kind of player they can develop into a good Patriot League player. There, the big men just don’t stay underneath (the basket), they pop out, too.”

This season, Dunkum begins his second year at North Little Rock. Prior to transferring to the Charging Wildcats, Dunkum played at Little Rock Christian. Because of AAU basketball, Dunkum has been friends with KeVaughn Allen and Adrian Moore and has enjoyed playing with his best friends.

Rice expects Dunkum to make a bigger impact this season and also appreciates the type of teammate he is. Even though, he didn’t play a lot at times last year, Dunkum was still encouraging.

“He is the best teammate and a supportive teammate,” Rice said. “Even when he wasn’t contributing (on the floor), he was a great supporter.”
carney2

adcs2 wrote:
Rice expects Dunkum to make a bigger impact this season and also appreciates the type of teammate he is. Even though, he didn’t play a lot at times last year, Dunkum was still encouraging.

“He is the best teammate and a supportive teammate,” Rice said. “Even when he wasn’t contributing (on the floor), he was a great supporter.”


Ruh-roh.
bison137

carney2 wrote:
adcs2 wrote:
Rice expects Dunkum to make a bigger impact this season and also appreciates the type of teammate he is. Even though, he didn’t play a lot at times last year, Dunkum was still encouraging.

“He is the best teammate and a supportive teammate,” Rice said. “Even when he wasn’t contributing (on the floor), he was a great supporter.”


Ruh-roh.



It's always been clear that he was a project at this point, so I don't think this is new news.  The good news is that most centers signed by PL teams are projects and some develop into good players. Mintz did.  Tim Clifford did. Kevin Ferguson did.  Josh Linthecum did - only to see his career ended by a bad knee injury.   Etc.
Kpard

bison137 wrote:
carney2 wrote:
adcs2 wrote:
Rice expects Dunkum to make a bigger impact this season and also appreciates the type of teammate he is. Even though, he didn’t play a lot at times last year, Dunkum was still encouraging.

“He is the best teammate and a supportive teammate,” Rice said. “Even when he wasn’t contributing (on the floor), he was a great supporter.”


Ruh-roh.



It's always been clear that he was a project at this point, so I don't think this is new news.  The good news is that most centers signed by PL teams are projects and some develop into good players. Mintz did.  Tim Clifford did. Kevin Ferguson did.  Josh Linthecum did - only to see his career ended by a bad knee injury.   Etc.


It always make me chuckle that schools will fall over backwards to hand a kid a quarter of a million dollars, all because he is genetically blessed to be extremely tall!
Pard4Life

Official list is out. Is it me or am I underwhelmed? The dunkun comments are all about what he could do not CAN do.  We know how "could do" players make out on our roster.
NewXbo

Pard4Life wrote:
Official list is out. Is it me or am I underwhelmed? The dunkun comments are all about what he could do not CAN do.  We know how "could do" players make out on our roster.


I don't think you are underwhelmed, you"re just a negative guy. Lets give the kid a couple of years and see what he can do.  Look at Ashley Lutz of the women's team, last year she hardly played, this year she's a starter and tearing it up.
LC Fan

Four years of splinters, that's what we can expect. FOH likes size.....sitting next to him on the bench.
Pard4Life

NewXbo wrote:
Pard4Life wrote:
Official list is out. Is it me or am I underwhelmed? The dunkun comments are all about what he could do not CAN do.  We know how "could do" players make out on our roster.


I don't think you are underwhelmed, you"re just a negative guy. Lets give the kid a couple of years and see what he can do.  Look at Ashley Lutz of the women's team, last year she hardly played, this year she's a starter and tearing it up.


Evans seems very good, but Dunkum sounds like a project and Zalys sounds intriguing, having transitioned strongly to the American game... but I'm simply skeptical based on Fran's track record of getting the same guys... not very physical.  Do we have film on Zalys?
Kpard

http://www.mcall.com/sports/colle...feature-1216-20141216-story.html#

Awesome article about Seth.

Say what you want about the skills of the players that FOH brings to the hill, but, you cannot argue about the quality of the individuals.
I do not recall there ever being an off court (or on court for that matter) incident with any of Coach O's players.
carney2

Kpard wrote:
Say what you want about the skills of the players that FOH brings to the hill, but, you cannot argue about the quality of the individuals.


All true.  Yet I sometimes dream of rogues dressed in Lafayette Maroon and White who actually win something.
Lafalum

We all wish for consistent winning teams. It surprises me how often we settle for less.
Kpard

Kpard wrote:
http://www.mcall.com/sports/colle...feature-1216-20141216-story.html#

Awesome article about Seth.

Say what you want about the skills of the players that FOH brings to the hill, but, you cannot argue about the quality of the individuals.
I do not recall there ever being an off court (or on court for that matter) incident with any of Coach O's players.


Oh yeah, and graduate.

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