With scholarship numbers thinned due to APR challenges, programs like the Kennesaw St. Owls and national champion Connecticut Huskies can only do so much on National Signing Day. These programs have a whole lot in common, you see.
The four newest Owls:
Jordan Montgomery, a two-star, six-foot-three beanpole who'll play swingman. As a senior, he helped Orlando Christian Prep to the Florida 1A semifinals. There's also a nine-year-old mixtape star of the same name. This is a different guy. Among Montgomery's other Division I offers were Miami, Tennessee, UAB, Colgate, Coastal Carolina, and Northwestern State, plus new coach Lewis Preston's former program, Penn State.
At the time of his commitment, Montgomery was pleasantly surprised with Kennesaw State's urban sophistication:
"At first I thought it was just going to be a country type of setting with not much to do. I definitely fell in love with the campus and the setting. I really liked the people and the environment. It was kind of that home feeling to me. I felt welcomed."
And Yonel Brown is a five-foot-nine point guard from Lilburn who played his AAU ball for the Worldwide Renegades. He's the reigning Region 8-AAAAA player of the year and was named Honorable Mention All-Metro. He averaged 16.4 points and 3.1 assists as a senior and was also offered by Gardner-Webb, American, and Presbyterian.
Myles Hamilton, a six-foot-one two guard from Cleveland, also joined the Owls. He had offers from Akron and Kent State, in addition to being recruited by Rider and Western Michigan.
The Owls also picked up a player named Brandon Williams. I'm having a hard time finding out anything about him, to be quite honest. There are a lot of Brandon Williamses, too. Welcome to Kennesaw, Brandon!