April 26, 2006
No Smith, but Sikes eases the pain
From elation to disappointment back up to elation. Those were the emotions that Cincinnati fans felt over the last 24 hours regarding the recruitment of Tyler Smith and Marcus Sikes. What a hectic 24 hours it was for Cincinnati basketball, especially the situation with Tyler Smith.
It all began when a local Cincinnati radio personality boldly came out and said that Tyler Smith would end up as a Bearcat after receiving a home visit from Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin. There was an excitement buzzing from the Cincinnati basketball community that had not been seen since the good ole days of Bob Huggins.
All of a sudden posters on Internet message boards, including The Baehr Zone, were discussing the prospects of a Top 15 recruiting class if Smith were to come to the Bearcats. There were high-fives galore going around between Cincinnati basketball fans and almost every fan went to sleep last night feeling good about the future of Cincinnati basketball.
But then they woke up to a shock. Contrary to what Lance McAlister had reported on 1360 Homer, though not surprising as we reported it was down to Iowa and UC, Top 50 basketball talent Tyler Smith signed with the Iowa Hawkeyes. At first the reports started slowly, but soon everyone was talking about how Smith has spurned the Bearcats to sign with Iowa.
All of a sudden the Cincinnati basketball community was in dismay, the star player that they were expecting to come to the Queen City was now set to play in the cornfields of Iowa.
What was Cincinnati to do now that Tyler Smith was heading somewhere else? Make sure that Marcus Sikes signed the letter of intent, that's what!
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