Assistant coach Daniel Waln and the rest of the Lees-McRae Bobcat coaching staff have officially inked five players for the upcoming basketball season.
Four players from North Carolina and one from Georgia all signed their National Letters of Intent recently to play basketball at LMC.
“LMC basketball is on the rise. Adding key assistants Matt Hamilton, Daniel Waln, Keith Jennings to the program with these high character and high academic newcomers adds key roles to our current team,” said Lees-McRae Head Coach Steve Hardin. “We are on the right track in the process to be successful at Lees-McRae.”
Keegan Crabtree, a 6-6 wing player from Orange High School in Hillsborough, North Carolina averaged 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals per game during his career. Crabtree was the 2013-2014 Big 8 Conference Player of the Year and was an all-district performer that helped lead his squad to a conference and sectional championship.
The second member of the class comes as a transfer from Catawba Valley Community College. Cameron Redd is a 6-4 forward and native of Garner, North Carolina. Redd averaged 10 points and seven boards per game at CVCC and was an all-conference third team performer. While at Garner High School, Redd averaged seven points and five boards a game.
Another transfer making his way to LMC is guard Kendall Isler from Winder, Georgia. Isler comes in from Louisburg College where he averaged 7.5 PPG and shot 50-percent from behind the three-point line. As a senior at Winder Borrow High School, he averaged 20 points a game as a senior and was a tremendous overall athlete, finishing fifth in the high jump in Georgia.
Tyriq Royal comes to LMC after graduating from East Forsyth High School this summer. Royal is a 6-6 forward from Kernersville who may be raw, but the coaching staff feels he will bring a lot to the program as he hits the weight room and works on his skills.
The final member of the class is Surry Central’s Zach Wilmoth. The 6-5 forward dominated some of the teams his Eagles faced. He averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds a game while taking home the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference Player of the Year and was a District 11 first-team performer. The Dobson native was also an All-Northwest Honorable Mention player and will bring another great shooting stroke to the Bobcat program.
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