Saturday, April 18, 2009

Orlando 'Bino' Ranson

Shannon Russell is confirming the hire of Ranson. Quick research shows he is a 1999 graduate of Southern New Hampshire. He scored over a 1,000 points during his playing days for the Division 2 school. Previous to this past (and only) season at James Madison he worked for head coach Matt Brady at Marist for a total of three seasons. Ironically enough he replaced Emmanuel 'Book' Richardson on that staff. It is believed he has some strong ties to the grassroots scene in Baltimore and worked the AAU circuit there before beginning his college coaching career.

A quick search of revealed some of the players from the Baltimore, Maryland area for the class of 2010. I would imagine you could see these players show up as targets for Xavier. The best of the bunch is Roscoe Smith. He is a 6-7 small forward who is a consensus top 10 recruit in his class. Will Barton a four star shooting guard is another prospect getting tons of attention from high majors. Of course X fans recognize Jordan Latham and I believe the Muskies chances of retaining him just increased with the hire of Ranson. Other top players from B-More include Eric Atkins, Antonio Barton, Jonathan Graham, Donte Holmes, and Riley Beaumont.

In reading Ranson's bio from the JMU web site he has a young and accomplished family. I am excited about the recruiting prospects he could bring to Victory Parkway.

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