Ramblers add two players to 2012 class

Loyola received two commitments to its 2012 class on Wednesday -- power forward Nick Osborne (Muncie Central, Ind.) and shooting guard Darrell Combs (Thornwood H.S.).

Osborne, who is 6-8 and 220 pounds, chose the Ramblers over Northwestern, Stanford and Xavier, among others.

“Coach [Porter] Moser and I watched film on my two visits there, and he showed me what my role would be in their offense,” Osborne said. “I thought I fit really well. I can step out and shoot the ball or post up and get it. I’m pretty athletic, so I can run the floor. It’s a screening offense, so you can screen and roll and pick and pop.”

Osborne visited Northwestern, which is less five miles from Loyola, last week, but he felt stronger about the Ramblers in the end.

“It’s more of a personal thing,” Osborn said of his decision. “I had a relationship with Loyola’s coaches. They were recruiting me longer. I knew what my role would specifically at Loyola. I know I can step in and make an impact. With the new coaches there, it feels more exciting. They’re ready to explode.”

Osborne averaged 17 points and nine rebounds as a junior. He played during the summer for the Eric Gordon All Stars, which is the club program Loyola assistant Jason Gardner was associated with before being hired by the Ramblers earlier this month.

Combs, a 6-1 guard, chose the Ramblers over Cleveland State, Eastern Kentucky, Detroit and Manhattan. Combs averaged 19 points last season.

“I wanted to go somewhere where it could be my show, lead my team to the NCAA tournament,” Combs said. “I want to win. They’re putting the pieces around me where I think we can do that. Butler did it. Why can’t Loyola do it?”

Combs is the nephew of Illinois-Chicago assistant coach Donnie Kirksey.

Osborne and Combs join Terre Haute North (Ind.) power forward Matt O’Leary, who committed on Sunday, in the recruiting class.