Posted On: 08/25/19 11:33 AM

Austin Peay State University’s coaching staff invited and hosted 55 players Saturday, August 24th in the Dunn Center.  Head Coach Matt Figger and his staff are looking to build on their successful first season in Clarksville, Tennessee. 

After Coach Figger was hired in spring of 2017, APSU earned 12 conference wins right away!  Season two included an OVC fourth place finish and 22 wins overall.

Figger was part of a South Carolina staff that got the Gamecocks to the Final Four in Figger’s final year in a stunning postseason run by a program that hadn’t won an NCAA Tournament game since 1973. Figger worked for Gamecocks coach Frank Martin at Kansas State before following him to South Carolina in 2012.

At Austin Peay, Coach Figger replaced legend Dave Loos, who retired as the Ohio Valley Conference’s all-time leader in wins after coaching 27 seasons.

Historically, Austin Peay featured many players from Kentucky and Tennessee along with regionally successful athletes.  The current staff is not embracing the local talent.  In two seasons they brought in a single player from Tennessee (Isaiah Hart-Blackman/Motlow/Austin Peay) and this year it appears the roster will include zero.  Walk-ons are always possible, but it will be interesting to see if any offers are extended after the Austin Peay Elite Camp.

Austin Peay is an historic college with a calcified reputation.  

  •  1927
  •  601 College St, Clarksville, TN 37044
  •  $7,801 (2015)
  •  88% (2015)
  •  10,099

Below you can read about several of the campers Austin Peay hosted or invited in late August.

If you want to look at the complete 2021 rankings, smash here. There are no Class of 2022 rankings yet, though all of the 2022 players below are certain to be ranked when they are eventually released.

These players represent the four familiar faces (LEFT-state ranking in their class)

Gioppino Basketball clip artPhil Dotson Class of 2022

Phil Dotson is entering a pivotal sophomore season at Arlington High School.  Under new coach Mo Miller, Dotson is expected to carry a heavy scoring load…again.  In 2018-2019, Dotson lead his Arlington Tigers in scoring as a freshman!

Gioppino Basketball clip artMalik Dia Class of 2022

Malik Dia is bubbling just beneath the surface statewide, but this will be his breakout winter.  Dia is a wonderfully athletic, tall, confident guard with D1 potential.  

Gioppino Basketball clip art#8 in KY Howard Fleming Jr.  Class of 2020

Howard Fleming Jr. already holds 7 D1 offers and his attendance at Austin Peay’s Elite Camp is noteworthy.  Fleming Jr. competes with Louisville Male High.  Fleming’s offers include: Southern University, Kent State, Jacksonville State, Illinois State, Murray State, Eastern Kentucky, and Florida International University.  He is a 6-foot-5 guard.


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