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Rick McCann: Steadman Short's name doesn't fit his game

Sep. 25, 2009 @ 12:12 AM

Steadman Short's name doesn't fit his game.

Short is 6-foot-9, so he's not short. And, some basketball scouting reports describe him as a small forward, which he's not either. The 215-pound Short is a tall forward with potential to play on the wing away from the basket.

Marshall University men's basketball welcomes the Chipola College (Fla.) player to campus this weekend on a recruiting visit.

Short, who is from Simpsonville, S.C., was a Class 4A all-state player at Hillcrest High School in South Carolina and signed with High Point University in Nov. 2007.

He played at High Point last season as a freshman, starting 23 of 28 games while averaging 6.9 points and 5.6 rebounds with 24 blocked shots, one double-double performance and four games with double-figure rebounds.

High Point made coaching change after going 9-21 last season and Short enrolled at Chipola, a junior college in Marianna, Fla., that had nine NCAA Division I recruits on last season's national tournament team.

MORE RECRUITING: National Letter of Intent early signing is Nov. 11-18, and Marshall is also pursuing highly-regarded Sam Mills, the Scout.com No. 21 point guard prospect in the nation, from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Scout.com reported the 6-3 Mills has scholarship offers from Marshall, Delaware and Georgia Southern, but other schools are surely interested.

Mills is set to visit Marshall on Homecoming weekend.

He averaged 15 points, seven assists, three rebounds and three steals per game as a junior.

COACHING CLINIC: Veteran NBA assistant coach Brendan Suhr is the guest instructor Saturday for the Marshall Coaches Clinic in Cam Henderson Center.

Suhr worked 28 years in the league, most notably with the Detroit Pistons during two championship seasons.

The clinic begins at 10 a.m. with the first of two Marshall workouts. Following lunch Marshall head coach Donnie Jones will begin instruction on the "Marshall Style of Play. A second Marshall workout follows before the clinic concludes at 5 p.m. with a Thundering Herd individual instruction session.

The cost for coaches is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Contact Marshall director of basketball operations Tim Thomas at 304-696-6460 or thomas334@marshall.edu.

Sports editor Rick McCann covers Marshall men's basketball for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or hedge@herald-dispatch.com.

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