With time running out for college programs to find their future stars and role players, mid-major programs Dayton and Georgia State landed two quality small forwards who will make an impact during their college career.
Former Providence commit Markus Crider verbally committed to Georgia State, he announced. A native of Ohio, Crider took a postgrad year at Bridgton Academy in Maine where he had a strong season alongside former Louisville commit Ryan Taylor and current St. John's commit Darrick Wood .
A wing with plenty of talent in a variety of ways, Crider gives a good balance to coach Ron Hunter's philosophy. He joins a talented 2012 class for the Panthers, which feature R.J. Hunter and David Travers , among others.
Speaking of major commitments, Dayton head coach Archie Miller landed a big one in Dyshawn Pierre on Monday.
A 2012 6-foot-6 small forward from Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute in Ontario, Canada, Pierre was a member of the U-19 Canada team last summer that Dayton assistant coach Allen Griffin attended in Latvia, according to FlyerHoops.net.
Pierre chose the A-10 squad over Baylor and St. Bonaventure. He will join 2012 Columbus Northland (OH) forwards Devon Scott and Jalen Robinson . Robinson was a former West Virginia commit.
With the addition of the extremely athletic, high-flying small forward in Dyshawn Pierre, look for the Flyers to build on this strong recruiting class heading into the class of 2013.