Rhodes Completes Men's Hoops Recruiting Class

May 7, 2002 · MT Media Relations
Middle Tennessee's basketball recruiting came to an end this week as head coach Kermit Davis announced the signing of 6-8 post Napoleon Rhodes to a National Letter of Intent.

Rhodes, who weighs in at 245 pounds, will lend size and physicality to the Blue Raiders' inside game. He earned first team All-Conference honors during the season after averaging 11 points and 10 rebounds over the course of the year.

Rhodes also made a name for himself nationally prior to the tip-off of the season. He was rated one of the Top 10 junior college forwards in the country in the preseason by Lindy's College Basketball and was listed in the Top 15 by FutureStars.

"Napoleon will bring a physical presence into the paint for us next year. We knew that one of the needs we needed to address was a center and we think that we've gotten a quality player in Napoleon Rhodes." said Davis. "He likes to compete and he will bring a new demeanor to our team in the post."

Rhodes' efforts helped lead Central Florida Community College to a 22-11 record this season and was instrumental in the team's post-season drive. He posted 20 points and 14 boards in a quarterfinal win in the regional against nationally ranked Okaloosa Walton.

"[Rhodes] is very strong and quick and can really move. He is very athletic and can run the court with a guard," said Central Florida head coach Gene Smithson. "It's incredible. He has great speed for a man that size, and it's muscle. He has elevated considerably in all phases of the game in the last year. He really posts up inside and he's come on in his game at both ends of the floor."

Rhodes joins point guard Keith Connor and guard/forward Marcus Robinson as Davis' recruiting haul since being hired as the Blue Raider head coach on April. 12. All-state selection Kyle Young of Marshall County High School inked with the Blue Raiders during the early signing period.

Davis added, "After being hired two days after the beginning of the signing period we tried to appraise our team and we felt that we needed to add some depth at the point, at the shooting guard, and at center. We feel like we did a good job addressing those areas with all of our signees. We relied on junior college players during this period because we felt like all of the quality high school players were already taken. All four of these signees, including Kyle Young who signed early, will create a very nice recruiting class for us."

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