The Carbondale Terriers can now boast about having two Division I level starters on its men’s basketball team.
Kani Acree, a guard for CCHS, has indicated on his twitter feed he has chosen to play basketball for Ball State University of the Mid-American Conference. His teammate Darius Beane has already said he will sign with hometown SIU in November.
Of course, nothing is official yet. Both players need to finish test scores and take their core subjects before they can officially clear with the NCAA. However, both will probably sign with their respective new teams sometime in November.
Acree can play either point guard or a as wing guard. But given other Ball State recruits, it’s most likely he will be penciled in at the shooting guard spot.
Ball State got an earlier verbal from Ishmael El-Amin, a three-star rated point guard from Minnesota. In fact, Ball head coach James Whitford cleverly used Al-Amin to help recruit Acree. Actually, Whitford used his whole roster on Acree’s official visit this past week.
“My official visit was great,” said Acree in a midwestspotlight.com article. “Saturday night I had dinner with the team, and they sang ‘happy birthday’ to me before we ate.
“Earlier I ate breakfast with Ish and the coaching staff. And then they took me for a tour of the Sports Broadcast building on campus.”
Acree had a few offers and was considering campus visits to University of Texas El Paso and Stetson. But the enticement of teaming up with the talented El-Amin was too delicious a situation to ignore.
“They said I will be in the backcourt with El-Amin,” said Acree in a prephoops.com article. “I’ll be at the two guard.”
Acree also liked the system that Ball runs on offense.
“They run a lot of ball screens,” Acree said.
That situation is somewhat similar with the motion offense CCHS has used. Acree was also was enticed by the loyalty of Ball State coaches and their approach to recruiting him.
“I really chose Ball because they’ve been on me since day one,” Acree said. “They made me their No. 1 priority and made me feel like part of the Cardinal family. All the coaches recruited me, not just coach Whitford.
“The official visit just made it more clear to me.”
It’s also good for Carbondale Terrier coach Jim Miller that his two guards, Beane and now Acree have settled on their college choices. Now both players can concentrate on one of their goals for the season — winning the elusive South Seven basketball title.