Ford’s first class of recruits

Emphasizing that recruiting is the lifeblood of college basketball, Geno Ford is focused on “starting the snowball rolling.” Ford says once the snowball is rolling, it will build momentum and grow bigger until eventually Bradley will have an avalanche — basketball style. “We’ve hired three assistants, scheduled five games, and signed five freshmen, so it has been a busy two months,” Ford said in May. 

Ford describes his first freshman recruit, Jalen Crawford (Detroit, Mich./Oak Park H.S./Impact Academy) a 6’4” combo guard as “very athletic and a very good scorer. Jalen is from a basketball family with two older brothers playing professional basketball.”

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Seventeen-year-old forward Devon Hodges (Bolingbrook/Bolingbrook H.S.) at 6’7” and 220 pounds, “looks like he could explode in the weight room.”

Local point guard Donivine Stewart (Peoria/Limestone H.S.) brings “strong shooting and good scoring” talents to the team.

Standing 7’1”, center Nate Wells (Davenport, Iowa/West H.S.) “adds height, good hands, and can run the floor.”

At 6’6”, Canadian forward Shayok Shayok (Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy) “is a big, athletic perimeter player who can play multiple positions and fill an immediate need for our program.”

 “We’re looking forward to our recruiting momentum following us into November when we need to sign players to replace our three seniors,” added Ford.

– By Karen Crowley Metzinger, MA '97