Citadel coach Duggar Baucom’s makeover of Bulldogs basketball continued Wednesday with the addition of nine new players for the 2016-17 season.
Seven players signed during the recent spring signing period, joining fall signees Ezekiel Balogun and Frankie Johnson Jr.
The nine new players include five backcourt players and four frontcourt additions.
“We are very excited to have such a large class of quality basketball players who see the advantage of a Citadel education,” said Baucom, whose first Citadel team went 10-22 last season. “They all have the characteristics to excel on the court, in the classroom and within the S.C. Corps of Cadets.”
The spring signees include 6-4 guard Kaelon Harris of Jonesboro, Ga.; 6-7 forward Obinna Ofodile of Duluth, Ga.; 6-1 guard Preston Parks of Greenville; 6-2 guard Aaron Washington of Washington, D.C.; 6-2 guard Chris Ross of Goose Creek; 6-7 forward Tyler Burgess of Easley; and 6-7 forward Griffin Peavey of Waco, Texas.
Harris has a “college-ready body,” Baucom said, and can get to the rim and the free-throw line. Ofodile will add some much needed athleticism alongside 6-7 returnee Zane Najdawi and “plays above the rim,” Baucom said.
Parks is the all-time career scorer at Wade Hampton High School and can play both guard positions. Washington spent a prep-school year in Florida and was a three-sport star at Montrose Christian in Washington, D.C.
Ross played for ex-Citadel assistant Blake Hall at Goose Creek and was an all-state player along with Parks and Johnson.
The 6-7 Burgess played quarterback in football and made a school-record 72 3-pointers as a junior at Liberty before transferring to Easley for his senior year.
Peevey, also 6-7, played a year of prep-school ball after setting blocked-shot records at Lorena High in Texas.