TUESDAY, JUNE 07, 2005
Basketball's Cliff Warren Tabbed One of Nation's Best Recruiters
June 7, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University basketball coach Cliff Warren has been selected as one of college basketball's top 25 recruiters by a Rivals.com panel of recruiting experts. Rivals.com will release its National Basketball Recruiter of the Year on Wednesday. Prior to taking over as the Dolphins' head coach on April 20, Warren spent five seasons as an assistant at Georgia Tech, where some of his recruits helped lead the Yellowjackets to the 2004 National Championship Game.
Since arriving at JU, Warren has signed 6-foot-5 wing Justin Jack (Fort Washington, Md.), who is the younger brother of former Georgia Tech standout Jarrett Jack. He also inked 6-foot-7 forward Marcus Allen (Hollywood, Fla.) and 6-foot-5 wing Andrew Zimbro (Lecanto, Fla.). The Dolphins return four starters from last year's squad, which went 16-13 and advanced to the semifinals of the A-Sun Championship.
Prior to landing his first head coaching job, Warren was responsible for signing Georgia Tech's top recruit, Lewis Clinch, and played a large part in the signing of Alade Aminu.
Warren, who is the only coach on the top 25 list from a mid-major program, joins Reggie Theus of New Mexico State (formerly Louisville) as top recruiters who have been hired a head coaches this year. Other top assistants on the top 25 list include Steve Robinson from North Carolina, Sean Sutton from Oklahoma State and Steve Wojciechowski from Duke.
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