Conference Breakdown: Non Power Conferences
Goodluck Okonoboh (Photo: Kelly Kline/adidas)
Goodluck Okonoboh (Photo: Kelly Kline/adidas)
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Nov 13, 2013


While the country's most prestigious conferences dominated the Class of 2014, as expected, some other programs outside the leagues – particularly some in the West – warrant mention as well due to outstanding classes.

Quite frankly, the Mountain West may have performed better during the current cycle than either the AAC or Big 12. But here we'll peek at schools throughout the realm of the non-BCS programs, focusing on those that landed at least one top 100 senior.

Of those programs, San Diego State leads the charge. The Aztecs connected with No. 26 Malik Pope, but they had eyes for more en route to the country's No. 8 class. Their haul also includes No. 68 Zylan Cheatham, No. 71 Trey Kell and point guard Kevin Zabo.

Best Non-Major Conference Recruits
No. 20Dwayne Morgan, UNLV
No. 25Josh Perkins, Gonzaga
No. 26Malik Pope, San Diego State
No. 39Goodluck Okonoboh, UNLV
No. 57T.J. Haws, BYU
No. 61Terry Larrier, VCU
No. 64Chris Egi, Harvard
No. 68Zylan Cheatham, San Diego State
No. 71Trey Kell, San Diego State
No. 84Chris Sandifer, UTEP
No. 99Tariq Owens, Ohio

Pope has suffered with injury problems but is a tantalizing talent who can compete with the country's very best when he's healthy. He needs to get much stronger and obviously avoid further ailments, but don't be surprised if one day he advances to the NBA and enjoys a fine career at that level.

Cheatham lacks classical wing skills and also isn't a post player, but he's a highly valuable utility forward who makes an impressive number of spontaneous, athletic plays and thrives at a speedy tempo. Kell enjoyed a strong July and should become a very dangerous three-point shooter for Steve Fisher's program.

Moving on, UNLV also inked a fantastic class that checks in at No. 12 overall. The Runnin' Rebels took two top-40 players off the board: Dwayne Morgan and Goodluck Okonoboh.

Morgan is a potential prep All-American with long arms and spidery athleticism. He's a tall, rangy wing who should continue to grow into that position as he evolves physically and in terms of skill. Okonoboh gets the vote here as the Class of 2014's best shotblocker, and though his offense has been inconsistent he does possess the coordination to improve. Both of the recruits are stalwart competitors as well and should play meaningful roles as freshmen.

Staying west of the Mississippi, Josh Perkins chose Gonzaga over some heavyweight schools and will bring a flashy style to Mark Few's program. Perkins may be the best passer in the senior class and, when he's on, can knock in multiple threes as well.


Related Stories
Pope gives SDSU potential star
 -by ScoutHoops.com  Oct 10, 2013
Pope to San Diego State
 -by ScoutHoops.com  Oct 9, 2013
Okonoboh commits to UNLV
 -by AllHoosiers.com  Oct 3, 2013

Contact Evan Daniels
for Media requests at:
edaniels@scout.com
MAGAZINE COVERAGE
Get the 2014 Scout.com Recruiting Yearbook with an annual Total Access Pass
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from ScoutHoops.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
C Goodluck Okonoboh (profile)
PG Josh Perkins (profile)
SF Malik Pope (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Basketball > Gonzaga > Recruiting
Basketball > San Diego State > Recruiting
Basketball > UNLV > Recruiting
[View My HotList]