Citadel basketball coach Duggar Baucom announced on Thursday the additions of Winthrop transfer Derrick Henry, Qwandell Newton and Cager Hicks to the Bulldogs’ roster for the 2015-16 season.
“Derrick, Qwandell and Cager all have the ability to impact our program immediately,” said Baucom. “Each brings a unique skill set that will complement their fellow teammates.”
Newton, a 6-6, 195-pound swingman, capped his senior season at First Baptist Academy in Naples, Fla., by averaging 12.1 points, 7.3 rebound and 2.5 assists while hitting 40 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent at the charity stripe.
“Qwandell brings us great versatility,” said Baucom. “He can play three different positions and creates match-up problems at each of them. Qwan is a very good 3-point shooter and his length can be very disruptive on the defensive end.”
Henry, a native of Covington, Ga., joins the Bulldogs after completing his bachelor’s degree in business finance and a minor in finance at Winthrop in May. The 6-3, 190-pound guard adds experience and depth to The Citadel backcourt after averaging 6.1 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists in three seasons with the Eagles.
Henry enjoyed his best statistical season in 2012-13 when he averaged 11.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
The fifth-year senior, who will be pursuing his MBA at The Citadel, was an integral part of the 2012-13 and 2014-15 Winthrop squads that reached the Big South Tournament championship game.
“Derrick is an awesome addition to our young team,” added Baucom. “He has been in a very successful program for the last four years and will give us great leadership on and off the court. Having coached against Derrick for several years, I know firsthand what a fierce competitor he is and what kind of intangibles he brings to our program.”
Hicks, a 6-6, 180-pound swingman, will attend The Citadel after a three-year varsity career at Cave Springs High School in Salem, Va. He capped off his senior year by earning all-conference and first-team all-region honors. Hicks ended the season with 340 points and moved into the top five in program history in career assists.
“We are excited to have Cager join our Bulldog basketball family,” said Baucom. “He is a big guard who can play the point or off the ball. Cager is a natural leader and, as the son of a very successful coach, been around the game his entire life.”
The trio of Newton, Henry and Hicks are among 10 new additions to 2015-16 Citadel roster including early signees Matt Frierson, Trevor Jain and Zane Najdawi. Baucom’s roster will also include the addition of Quayson Williams, Connor Schroeder, Tommy Olds and Bobby Duncan.