By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer
With national signing day today, Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan knows the Greyhounds need a lot of help.
Only two players, 6-foot-8 post Tommy York and sophomore guard Matt Churchman, are scheduled to return from this season’s injury and suspension-depleted squad which struggled to a 6-21 record, including 0-12 in the Lone Star Conference South Division.
“We’re onto some guys and very conscious of some other players,” said Scanlan, entering his ninth season at the helm. “Hopefully, when all is said and done, we’ll have 12 or 13 guys (on the roster).”
Scanlan said he isn’t sure if the Greyhounds will actually sign anyone today.
“When you’ve got a group this big that you need to bring in, it’s not going to solve itself,” he said. “We’re working hard and moving as fast as we can, but we’re also moving carefully. We’ve put a lot of time into evaluations.”
York missed the 2007-08 season after sustaining a herniated disc in his back in preseason. Meantime, Churchman was a pleasant surprise and played a larger-than-anticipated role, partly by necessity.
“He played a lot for us this year, probably more than we wanted,” Scanlan said. “But he was a dependable body for us.”
Third-year ENMU women’s coach Linden Weese is looking to sign perhaps five players today. He expects nine players back from last year’s 5-22 (2-12 South) squad.
“We’d like to add some size, but I don’t know if we can get that done,” he said. “If you can’t get that, then you’d better be deep on the perimeter.”
Weese said he and his staff expect to scout tournaments in Las Cruces and Phoenix this weekend. “We’ll probably see about 1,500 kids,” he said.
“Our core kids will be back,” Weese added. “We’ll have some kids who’ve been through it and understand what we want.”
Clovis senior Jaden Isler will sign a letter-of-intent today with Division I Charleston Southern University.