Robert Morris happy with newest recruits

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After a season marred by suspensions and defections that reduced the active roster to eight players for the latter part of the season, the 2014 recruiting class became an increasingly important component for Robert Morris’ future.

Tuesday, the Colonials announced their seven-member recruiting class that features four guards and three forwards. The class is the largest in coach Andy Toole’s tenure.

“We’ve identified and addressed our needs for not only next season but beyond with our latest class, and I think we’ve attracted high quality athletes and individuals to Robert Morris,” Toole said in a statement.

The group is headlined locally by Elijah Minnie, the 6-foot-8 forward who helped lead Lincoln Park to WPIAL and PIAA Class A championships while averaging 15.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game.

Minnie is one of several long, athletic players that will shore up a thin frontcourt, which had just one player taller than 6-6 much of last season. Three members of the class — Minnie, Andre Frederick and Lionel Gomis — are at least 6-8.

Six of the seven can play immediately next season — four freshmen and two junior-college transfers — while guard Jairus Lyles, a transfer from VCU, will have to sit out one season under NCAA rules.

The remaining members of the class are guards Jafar Kinsey, Marcquise Reed and Rodney Pryor. Lincoln Park forward Ryan Skovranko also committed to the Colonials, but he will be a preferred walk-on, meaning he did not have to sign a national letter of intent.

Craig Meyer: and Twitter @CraigMeyerPG.

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