4/25/2008 2:26:00 PM
- Patience paid off for Middle Tennessee head men's basketball coach Kermit Davis
when junior college standout Montarrio Haddock signed a letter of intent with the Blue Raiders this week.
Davis had initially offered the Brunswick (N.C.) Community College leading scorer to sign in the early period last November but Haddock opted to wait until the spring.
Davis has announced Haddock's signing which brings the 2008 class to four players.
"We offered him early and he decided he didn't want to do it early," Davis said. "We have followed Montarrio for two years and we have been recruiting him all year. Montarrio is a real talented guy. He is versatile, he can drive it, he's a good rebounder, he can make 3s and he can play the 3 or the 4. We got the best player available."
Haddock, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound guard, was a teammate of recent Middle Tennessee signee Josh Jones (6-9, 240) at Brunswick Community College. He led the team in scoring with 14.4 points and 5.4 rebounds and helped guide them to the NJCAA Region 10 Division I men's basketball championship. Haddock was named All-Region for his efforts.
The scoring machine netted 860 career points over the past two seasons.
"That's what I've always done," Haddock said. "Scoring is a major part of my game. I look to continue that at Middle Tennessee."
Brunswick coach Walter Shaw said Middle Tennessee landed two quality players in Haddock and Jones.
"Middle Tennessee got two good ones," Shaw said. "They got Josh, and then Josh helped recruit Montarrio. I think he was their top recruit early."
Davis said he would like to see Haddock, a native of Greeneville, N.C., at a playing weight of "215-to-220" as opposed to his current 230 pounds.
"(Haddock) can carry that weight but if we can get him to playing around 215-to-220 then I don't know if he realizes how good he can be," Davis said. "He can score and he can score inside and out. He jumps well, he can shoot it 18-to-22 feet, he is skilled and has a big body on him. He could be a real difficult guy to guard. He will be here in June and that is good because we can get him in shape and then he has a chance because his talent level can take over."
In addition to Haddock and Jones, Middle Tennessee's signing class includes DeMario Williams, a Mr. Baskeball Finalist from Culleoka (Tenn.) High and Eric Allen, a hot-shooting guard from Marion Military Institute in Alabama.