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Blue Raider signing class ranked at the top

Cintron, Knight and Massey all having success with respective teams

December 14, 2010 · MT Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee has one of the top recruiting classes for the 2011-12 season in the country according to HoopScoopOnline.com.

The Blue Raiders’ class is ranked 27th in the country with the signing of Raymond Cintron, Marcos Knight and Bruce Massey. Middle Tennessee’s signees have higher talent per player rankings than 14 schools ahead of them in the list.

HoopScoopOnline.com determines top classes by a talent ranking. Middle Tennessee has just three signees where other schools have five or more. The Sun Belt is listed as the 8th best league out of 32 when it comes to signing classes this season.

The Blue Raiders are also ranked first in the Sun Belt with a 5.7 talent ranking with the next closest conference school having a talent score of 3.2.

“We are extremely excited about the play of our early signees Marcos, Bruce and Raymond. They are all leading their teams to successful early starts. These three guys are all very different in style and play but in common all have toughness and passion for basketball,” head coach Kermit Davis said. “Add these three to our two redshirt players, 6-9 LaRon Dendy and 6-10 Torin Walker and we feel they give us an extremely balanced group to go with our returning players for the 2011-12 season.”

Middle Tennessee’s signees are all performing well early in the season. Cintron scored 36 points against Hinds Community College and then three days later scored 27 against Mississippi Delta in an overtime win. Cintron is currently one of the leading scorers in the Mississippi Community College region.

Knight has helped guide Chipola to a 12-1 start including a strong performance against Santa Fe in the Panhandle Classic. Against Daytona State, Knight scored 17 points. Knight is currently averaging 15.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.  

Massey has also been performing very well. He posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 assists in a win over Otero. Against the Colorado Kings, he scored 31 and added 12 rebounds and seven assists to record a double-double. Massey is currently averaging 14.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 4.5 steals per game and was named the Kansas Jayhawk Junior College Player of the Week.

The Blue Raiders will have the week off for finals and to prepare for their game against Evansville. Middle Tennessee will face Evansville in Evansville, Ind., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18.

The following Tuesday, Dec. 21 the Blue Raiders will play host to Vanderbilt. The game with the Commodores will air on CSS with tipoff set for 8:07 p.m.

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