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Friday, 06 September 2013 16:17

Men’s Basketball Adds 11 Newcomers

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University head men's basketball coach Sean Dooley will enter his second season leading the Wildcats in 2013-14 with 11 new players, as he announces his newest recruiting class on Friday afternoon.

Coach Dooley's class spans the Midwest portion of the country but also branches out to France and the Caribbean country of Nevis.

"We are very excited about our 2013 recruiting class," Dooley said. "Coach Terry Zerr and Coach Connor Bechard did a great job of evaluating and building relationships with these student-athletes, and we are all very excited they chose to join the Baker basketball family.

"All eleven of our recruits come from excellent high school or junior college programs, and they are all used to winning and playing in March. Last season's seniors helped establish the winning culture for our basketball program and I'm looking forward to seeing where this recruiting class along with our returners can take us in the future."

For a look at the new class, please see below:

Jared Fulks (6-2, Jr., Guard, Ellsworth CC, St. Louis, Mo.)

Last season Fulks averaged 7.1 points per game and shot 34.4-percent from behind the arc.

"Jared is very skilled and has a great feel for the game," Dooley said. "He has the ability to play multiple positions offensively and due to his athleticism and size he can guard all three perimeter positions on defense."

Connor McDaniel (6-7, Jr., Forward, Cloud County CC, Topeka, Kan.)

Was a First Team All-State forward at Topeka Seaman High School and was his teams third leading rebounder and scorer at Cloud County, averaging 7.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

"Connor is a skilled forward that can score on the block in a variety of ways, but can also step outside and knock down the three-point shot," Dooley said. "His size makes him a big presence in the middle of the lane both defensively and on the boards."

Eric Watson (6-2, Jr., Guard, Butler CC, Lawrence, Kan.)

Last season, Watson averaged 6.8 points per game at Butler CC and shot 44.9-percent from the field.

"Eric is a very strong and athletic guard that will rebound," Dooley said. "He is very explosive and good at slashing and scoring at the rim. He is also a good defender that can guard multiple positions.

Javan Wilson (5-11, Jr., Guard, Coffeyville CC, Kansas City, Kan.)

Javan played his high school career at J.C. Harmon High School in Kansas City, Kan., where he broke the career scoring record.

"Javan is the true definition of a point guard." Dooley said. "He is a leader on the floor. He takes care of the ball, he makes everyone around him better and he is a very good on ball defender.

Manuel Barnes (6-7, So., Forward, Newman University, Marseille, France)

Manuel played his high school basketball at one of the top basketball programs in the Kansas City area at Bishop Miege HS, then attended the University of St. Mary his freshman year before redshirting a season at Newman University. He averaged 5.94 points per game his freshman season at USM and was a First Team All-KCAC Freshman Team player.

"Manny is a very good offensive player that can score in a variety of ways," Dooley said. "He is highly skilled and has great footwork in the post area. Which allows him to score over and around many defenders. He also does a nice job of chasing down rebounds."

Kelvin Bramble (6-7, So., Forward, Southeast CC, Charlestown, Nevis)

Last season was named the Southeast CC Most Improved Player and shot 38.5-percent from the floor.

"Kelvin is a very strong and physical player that is very active on the boards," Dooley said. "He has only played basketball for a few years, so his skills are still developing. But he is a very hard worker that gets better everyday."

CJ Bolton (6-4, Fr., Guard/Forward, Drexel HS, Drexel, Mo.)

Bolton is an efficient scorer that averaged 20.4 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game last season as a senior. Helped lead his team to a 30-2 overall record and was the Missouri Class 1 Player of the Year and an All-State honoree.

"CJ is a coaches kid that possesses a good combination of skill and athleticism," Dooley said. "He is also very versatile and can play multiple positions both offensively and defensively."

Dyson Dechant (6-4, Fr., Guard/Forward, St. Mary's-Colgan HS, Pittsburg, Kan.)

Dyson averaged 18.7 points per game and eight rebounds per game last season as a senior and helped lead his high school to four straight trips to the State Tournament. In both his junior and senior seasons, Dechant was an All-State, All-League and All-County performer.

"Dyson has a high basketball IQ and he finds ways to make big plays on both ends of the floor to help his team win," Dooley said. "He is a very versatile player that can play all over the floor on offense, while also being able to guard multiple positions on defense."

Javeion Gray (6-1, Guard, Fr., Carl Albert HS, Little Rock, Ark.)

Gray was a First Team All-Conference player last season and averaged 14.5 points per game along with 6.1 rebounds per game and 2.4 steals per game.

"Javeion is an extremely quick guard that is tough to keep out of the lane for opposing defenders," Dooley said. "He has great court vision and is an excellent passer. His quickness and length help make him a very good on ball defender and rebounder at the guard spot."

Trent Olberding (6-0 Guard, Fr., Nemaha Valley HS, Seneca, Kan.)

Olberding helped lead Nemaha Valley to a 24-2 overall record and runner-up finish in the State Tournament in 2011-12. He averaged 12.3 points per game in 2011-12 and 12.1 points per game in 2012-13.

"Trent is a very strong and intelligent basketball player that can play either guard positions well," Dooley said. "He takes care of the ball and is a good shooter from both the mid and three-point range.

Tyrome Parker (6-1, Guard, Fr., Alton HS, Godfrey, Ill.)

In his senior year at Alton High School, Parker averaged 13.2 points per game and 1.4 rebounds per game and was a National Honor Society student in the classroom.

"Tyrome is a very strong and athletic combo guard that has the ability to score at the rim," Dooley said. "But his pull up jumper and three-point shooting are both very good. He can also be a pest for opposing guards with his defense."

Baker will open up the 2013-14 season on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Hastings College.


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