Men’s head basketball coach Keno Davis is back on the recruiting trail, and he has added two players who could make an instant impact.
Guard Rayshawn Simmons and center Milos Cabarkapa, Davis’ two signees, will both be able to play right away and have experience playing above the high-school level.
Simmons enters CMU as a sophomore after playing a season at Moberly Area Community College in Missouri, while Cabarkapa will enter as a freshman with a year of play at the Impact Academy in Florida.
“We are excited to be able to add to an already strong recruiting class with two highly touted student-athletes,” Davis said in a news release. “Rayshawn is a proven player who can have an immediate impact on our program. His ability to play multiple positions will improve our team on both ends of the court. And Milos is a welcome addition to our roster, adding size to our front court. His defensive and rebounding presence will bring a dimension we needed and were looking for.”
Simmons, 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, led Moberly to a 22-8 record with a 4-to-1 assist-turnover ratio, a 41-percent shooting percentage from the floor and a 34-percent three-point shooting percentage.
At Webster High School in St. Louis, he led his team to a four-year record of 96-18 and an unbeaten 28-0 in conference play. He amassed 1,000 points and 400 assists during his high school career with single-season records in assists (216) and free-throw percentage (.853). He was named to the 2012 Missouri Sports Writers and Sportscasters Association all-state team.
Cabarkapa is a 6-foot-11 center originally from Belgrade, Serbia. He averaged 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks a game at the Impact Academy.
Simmons will add depth to CMU’s point guard position that sophomore Chris Fowler took over as he flourished at the end of the season, while Cabarkapa will add much-needed size to the Chippewas’ roster.
Simmons and Cabarkapa join 6-foot-7 small forward Nick Carlos from Ashland, Mo., 6-foot-4 shooting guard Josh Kozinski from Edwardsburg, Mich., and 5-foot-11 point guard Braylon Rayson from Mesquite, Texas.