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BOYS BASKETBALL RECRUITING: Romulus has more DI-commits entering the upcoming season than any other team in the state

   | Scott Burnstein

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The Romulus boys basketball program boasts something no other prep squad in the state does; Three Division I college-commits on its roster as practice for the 2012-2013 season gets underway this week.

When Leo Edwards committed to Louisiana Tech recently, he combined with Eagles’ guards Wes Clark (Missouri) and E.C. Matthews (Rhode Island), who committed over the summer, to give Romulus head coach Nate Oats a trio of Division I-bound talent heading into what is certain to be a season rich with expectations.

Last season, the Eagles lost a nail-biter to Rockford in the Class A state semifinals. Oats has led Romulus into the final four in five of the past eight seasons.

Edwards is an athletic 6-foot-8 forward with a significant upside at the next level. Last year was his first year playing at Romulus, after transferring from Detroit Cass Tech midway through the second semester of his sophomore campaign back in 2011. Following a junior season last year filling a complimentary role, expect to see Edwards take on a more central position in Romulus’ offense this winter.

Clark (6-foot-1) and Matthews (6-foot-4) make up the best backcourt in the state and both are coming off productive summers on the AAU and showcase camp circuit. Both can play either guard position, however Clark is more of a playmaker and Matthews more of a pure shooter and natural scorer. They each averaged 16 points per game last season as juniors.

Alongside Rochester all-state swingman and Kentucky-commit James Young, Clark helped take a Team USA developmental squad to a championship in international competition at the Nike Global Challenge back in July out in Washington D.C., upping the ante even further on his already-frenzied recruitment.

While Matthews spurned the Big 10 (offers from Iowa and Minnesota) and Pac-12 (Arizona) to select Rhode Island, Clark chose Missouri over offers from elite Big East programs Connecticut and Pittsburgh.

With all-state lead guard Ray Lee (Eastern Michigan) departing due to graduation, Clark and Matthews will be looked to by Oats and his Romulus staff to assume more leadership and scoring responsibility this season.

Another Division I-recruit in the mix for the Eagles is senior wing Jalen Plummer, a 6-foot-5 slasher with athleticism and an excellent motor on both ends of the floor.

Despite Romulus’ frequent appearances at the Breslin Center for the better-half of the last decade, the program hasn’t made it past the semis since 2005 and hasn’t won a state title since 1986 when future Michigan Wolverine and Detroit Pistons star Terry Mills donned an Eagles jersey, winning Mr. Basketball and raising a state championship banner.