Buchanan Attracts Murray State Attention
Murray State glided to the Early Signing Period, inked three solid recruits, and never looked back. With the Class of 2016 full their attention can rightfully shift to the Class of 2017.
That is where Leroy Buchanan (Northeast Mississippi Community College) comes in. The freshman signed on with NMCC after failing to qualify D1 out of high school. Buchanan competed with Madison Central (MS). Murray State, Louisiana Tech, and Tulane offered him in the Class of 2015. Unfortunately, his grades did not meet the standards.
He now ranks second with NMCC in scoring with 14.8 ppg. Recruiting is ramping up again.
“He has a bunch,” said Northeast Head Coach Cord Wright. “He is probably getting recruited the most (of any Northeast player). Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Memphis, Murray State, Southeast Louisiana, Austin Peay. They have either offered him out of high school or watched him this year.”
The Racers will need a large 2017 class to replace a six man junior class (Bryce Jones, Justin Seymour, Damarcus Croaker, Justin Seymour, A.J. Patty, Jonathan Stark).
This season Murray State is not focusing on positions as stringently.
“I don’t really care about positions,” said Coach Matt McMahon after defeating Middle Tennessee. “We are just going to play guys, put them out there. Play extremely hard.”
If Buchanan eventually signed up with Murray State he would share time with signees Dondre Griffin and Gilbert Thomas off the ball.
“(Murray State) has been calling/texting,” said Coach Wright. “They have been pretty consistent. They said they need that position a year from now. I would say Memphis has been the most consistent. It would be Memphis, Murray State, and then Middle Tennessee. Southeastern Louisiana. Probably could put Southern Miss in that category too.”
Ranking college programs is always precarious, but Murray State has been the most consistent of this grouping. Memphis has a coach on the hot seat, who narrowly kept his job with a wonderful recruiting class of brothers Dedric Lawson and K.J. Lawson. They are members of a more prestigious conference (American) and the Memphis Tigers have penetrated the NCAA Tournament deeper than Murray State in the last twenty years. It needs to be mentioned the Memphis 2008 NCAA Runner-Up placement was vacated because Derrick Rose was found to have cheated on his SAT.
Considering their multi-year recruitment of Buchanan the Racers are out with the lead dogs once again, this time for a 2017 guard.