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Ball State recruiting wishlist: Class of 2015

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Whitford eyes big talent in second recruiting class

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Change at the helm trickled down in the Ball State men's basketball program.

After Billy Taylor was fired and later replaced by former Arizona assistant James Whitford, players began to jump ship, too. Quentin Payne, rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com, transferred along with Mark Alstork. This left the team's sophomore class with holes to be filled.

Whitford has described his first twelve months with Ball State as a whirlwind but said things are starting to slow down in a video interview with The News-Sentinel. Players have transferred in too, and he's filled several scholarship openings.

As the peak of recruiting season approaches, take a look at the Cardinals' biggest prospects from the class of 2015. Also, check out the team's current roster here.


2015 Prospects

Chandler White, Carroll High school, shooting guard

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 195 pounds

Other offers: Boston College, Butler, Indiana, Indiana State, Kent State, Michigan, Northern Kentucky, Purdue, Toledo

Scout.com: Three stars

Cardinals' interest: White is a versatile guard that constantly displays patience on the floor. He can shoot, but won't hesitate to make the pass if the opportunity arises. He is also a solid perimeter defender that could bolster any team's scoring defense, but especially Ball State's lackluster unit.

More on White: adidas Invitational Profile: Chandler White


Seth Adelsperger, Peru High School, center

Height: 6-foot-10

Weight: 230 pounds

Other offers: Belmont, Indiana State, Valparaiso

Scout.com: Two stars

Cardinals' interest: Adelsperger is a true big man at 6-foot-10 and 230 pounds. He is able to put up the mid-range shot and battle 1-on-1 down low. Though awkward at times, he is mobile for his size. He's a natural shot blocker and is able to impact shooters without fouling. Ball State lacks height and defensive presence in the paint, further increasing the need for a rim protector. Though he most recently picked up an offer from Belmont, Adelsperber said he is keeping his options open.

More on Adelsperger: adidas Invitational Profile: Peru's Seth Adelsperger


Devin Cannady, Marian High School, point guard

Height: 6-foot-0

Weight: 170 pounds

Other offers: Akron, Butler, Bradley, Central Michigan, Cornell, IUPUI, North Carolina Wilmington, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo, Valparaiso

Scout.com: Three stars

Cardinals' interest: In short: Shooting. Lacking consistency from three-point range has been a killer for Ball State in recent seasons. Cannady is a proven threat from range, and he can handle the ball as well. Despite interest from several programs, he visited three in-state schools in late June, including Ball State, IUPUI and Butler.


Bronson Kessinger, Corydon Central High School, small forward

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 200 pounds

Other offers: Boston College, Bradley, Butler, Evansville, Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana, Indiana State, IPFW, IUPUI, Kennesaw State, Lehigh, North Carolina Greensboro, Purdue, Western Kentucky, Xavier

Scout.com: Three stars

Cardinals' interest: Kessinger is another three-star recruit that has gained a ton of attention from both mid- and high-major programs from around the country. His ability to create plays with rugged size and mobility could greatly benefit Ball State's floor spacing. Though the Cardinals recently picked up Youngstown State transfer Ryan Weber, who at 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds is a very similar player, Kessinger would be a welcome addition with the class of 2015.


Tahjai Teague, Pike High School, small forward

Height: 6-foot-8

Weight: 185 pounds

Other offers: Indiana State, San Jose State, Western Illinois

Scout.com: Three stars

Cardinals' interest: Teague is a left-handed guard that is flying under the radar of many teams right now. He can shoot from just about anywhere on the court, and his height allows him to be active both on the boards and the defensive end of the floor. Ball State's roster currently features just one player taller than 6-foot-8, so Teague's versatility and size would greatly benefit the Cardinals.