There have been numerous groans of the 'Runners needing more big bodies as some WAC opponents and their interior size have been too much to handle. This is true, the 'Runners need to get bigger and in a hurry with C-USA looming next year.
Even with the lack of depth and size down low, there is still one position in a Brooks Thompson system that is more critical than the low post and it's the point guard. RunnerNation has seen first hand what Mike Hale III means to this team when he's either out of the line-up or not 100%.
From one season of Kurt Attaway, to Devin Gibson, to Omar Johnson, and now Mike Hale. The point guard makes this team go on offense and defense. The offense is simple, dribble drive, penetrate and finish, or penetrate and kick.
Step in Devin Brooks, a 6'2" 185lb point guard from Iowa Western Junior College who is leading the Reivers on the court. His game has been consistent and he's averaging 16pts, 7rebs and 7assists as Iowa Western sits with a record of 20-1, and a #3 overall ranking in the NCJAA.
Just last week Head Coach Brooks Thompson made the trip to Council Bluffs, IA and paid Brooks a visit.
"Devin likes utsa. He likes the fact that there in the WAC and heading to C-USA. Also that it's in a warm weather area," said Iowa Western Assistant Coach James Bankhead.
The 'Runners are not the only program to show interest in Devin. Creighton, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Murray State and Missouri have all either called or showed interest. He's still waiting for that first offer, but with his continued play and the Reivers success, it'll be any day that he picks it up.
Brooks is looking for the chance to play right away and earn a lot of playing time. Wherever he lands, he will have 2 years to play and will be a junior.
UTSA is new to Devin, but it will be one of the schools he takes a serious look at. The chance to come right in and earn the starting point guard spot is something that does grab his attention.
Brooks is originally from Harlem, New York. He emerged on the scene his senior season where he was being recruited by the likes of St. Johns, Syracuse, Florida, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech and a boat load of other top notch programs.
The UTSA staff was also intrigued by Devin's teammate, Tyrone Haughton, a long 6'9" 215lb low post player who signed with South Carolina out of high school over offers from Connecticut, Marshall, Alabama, Virginia Tech and others.
Haughton did not qualify and is only a freshman who will be returning to Iowa Western for his sophomore season. He is slotted be a part of the 2014 class.
He's extremely long and athletic. He can jump out of the building and is described as a shot blocking fool. He is working to refine his low post game around the rim, build up more strength and take care of academics as his interest in the recruiting cycle for 2014 is already starting to surface.