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Mystery Man Commits to Dayton

Another white stiff? Nope, take your assumptions elsewhere, mister. This here is a potential BLACK stiff. Jeff Goodman, King Scoop, was the first to report Steve McElvene’s verbal commitment to the Gem City Cagers. This is coming on the heels of Darrell Davis’ pledge earlier this week.

McElvene is a 6’10”, 285 pound center from New Haven, Indiana. He held offers from Pitt, Wright State and Kansas State before making a gentleman’s agreement with Archie Miller earlier this evening.

Let’s get some background on Mr. McElvene:

McElvene is a true big. He has great hands around the rim, rebounds well, and is an excellent defender in the post. He is not going to venture far from the basket and knock down shots, but he doesn’t have to. He can erase a bad night shooting by picking up garbage points off of offensive rebounds and he is solid on the other end of the floor. The best part is that he is this good while still being raw.

Originally from Indiana, McElvene spent his first two years of high school in Alabama before returning to the Hoosier state (for the record, the only two reasons to return to Indiana are either to, (a) escape the clutches of Johnnie Law or (b) see a Tom Petty concert).

Purdue is waiting to see where McElvene stands academically before making an official offer but have continued to be in contact.

“They want to make sure I get my grades right and then have me in for a visit,” he said. “It’s basically just one class that I have to get finished.”

McElvene said he has tentatively set an official visit to Dayton for the weekend of Sept. 14, adding that Dayton, Pittsburgh and Purdue are the three schools he’s most interested in at this point. Xavier has also jumped into the mix recently.

An advantage for Purdue could be the proximity from home.

“I would like my family to be able to come to all of my games,” McElvene said.

McElvene’s family is originally from Indiana, but he’ll look at other factors. Purdue currently has 7-foot sophomore A.J. Hammons, but he’s been mentioned as a possible early entry into the NBA draft.

“If I go to Pitt or Dayton, where they need a big man, I think the ball will come to me a little more often,” he said. “But I’ll go wherever I think I can become a better player and try to make it to the next level.”

Steve, I never got my grades “right.” How do you think I ended up at Dayton in the first place? Don’t fret, just stay huge and you’ll be in red and blue next season.

Needless to say, the Purdue offer never came through and now the Boilers’ loss(?) may become the Flyers’ gain(?). Will Steve McElvene go the way of Javon Thomas? Only time will tell, my friends.


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