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Robert Morris coach Toole likes recruiting class

Paul Schofield
| Thursday, May 14, 2015, 10:16 p.m.

Robert Morris coach Andy Toole was unsure how many scholarships he would offer midway through the 2014-15 season.

He thought about holding a couple back.

But with the somewhat surprising departure of Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year Marcquise Reed, the graduation of Lucky Jones and David Appolon and the transfer of three other players, Toole decided to go after six players to fill out his roster. Reed announced Monday he was transferring to Clemson.

“I like a lot of things about this class,” Toole said after the class was announced Thursday. “All six have a chance to compete for playing time, and all six have room for improvement. They still can become better players.”

Toole said losing Reed was not a total surprise. He said it happens a lot in college basketball, and coaches just hope it doesn't happen to them.

This year's class includes two early signings: the WPIAL's top shooting guard Matty McConnell of Chartiers Valley and versatile swingman Isaiah Still of Rahway, N.J.

He signed four more players the past two weeks: junior-college transfer forward Billy Giles of Allegany (Md.) and incoming freshman guards Steven Whitley of Norfolk, Va. and Jordan Lester of Sammamish, Wash., and forward Joe Hugley of Gaithersburg, Md.

“We sat down as a staff and identified some of our weaknesses, and I think we've addressed what our needs are,” Toole said.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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