EKU adds 2016 F

April 20th DeAndre Dishman added an EKU offer.   Today Dishman selected the Colonels.

“I liked their game style,” said Dishman with OVCHoops.com.

Over the winter Dishman missed time, as the Bryan Station forward dealt with an injury.  He was able to go see EKU play though.

“I saw a few (games) down at EKU,” said Dishman.  “They played uptempo.”

McHale’s  ranked 18th in the country in scoring offense (80.5 points-per-game) and broke the EKU single-season field goal percentage record (49.1 percent) in 2015-16.

Specifically for Dishman, his role begins as a power forward.  Dishman stands 6-foot-6, weighing a little over 200 pounds.  He would like to play on the wing, but EKU only promised DeAndre he could get playing time out there “if I work on it.”

EKU got a good look at Dishman during April, as he played with the Louisville Magic AAU program on the adidas Gauntlet.

“He played great for us in April, providing great energy and toughness every time he was on the floor,” said Magic 17u Assistant Coach Dean Baumert.  “He is relentless in his pursuit for loose balls and rebounds, and finished around the rim consistently.  He is a freak athlete that could really expand his game with the right work and help.”

Coach Baumert and Head Coach Ellis Myles used Dishman at the 4-5.

“He has a solid face-up game around the basket and tries to finish above the rim every time he gets the chance,” said Coach Baumert.

Closing Out the Pitch

On top of competing D1 offers, Dishman was strongly considering a prep year.  He felt the injury limited his exposure during that crucial time, thereby preventing him from drawing the offers he should have.

“I had a few prep schools too, that came into the picture,” said Dishman.  “I was really close to doing that. After being injured most of the season last year I thought it was another way to get that year back and open up my recruitment a little more.”

Dishman could have added more muscle, as all young athletes are capable of doing with a prep year.  He also could have begun the transition to the wing more ardently.  By selecting EKU, Dishman joins a roster transformation that includes Jackson Davis (Butler transfer-eligible in 2017-2018), Dillon Avare (Louisville transfer), Darryl Baker, Asante Gist, and

“Darryl’s playmaking ability, and his deadly outside shot, make him very tough to guard,” McHale added. “He can change the game in a multitude of ways, and will certainly stuff the stat sheet in a lot of different categories. Darryl is a winner, and we are thrilled that he is a Colonel.”

Also adding to the roster are: JuCo forward Zach Charles (Mesquite, Texas) and freshman Parker Chitty (Indiana).

Nearing the conclusion of his senior academic year, Dishman picked EKU over St. Francis (Brooklyn).  EKU had tracked Dishman for almost a full year.  They initially evaluated him last summer, watched him during the latter stages of his high school season and saw him play with the Louisville Magic 17u last month.

“They were happy for me,” said Dishman.  “They are glad I accepted.”

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