Citadel’s Bacuom signs first two players

New Citadel basketball coach Duggar Baucom has signed his first two players for the Bulldogs. (Chris Hanclosky/Staff)

New Citadel basketball coach Duggar Baucom has set out to transform the Bulldogs into a fast-paced, 3-point shooting team, and has signed the first two players to help him achieve that goal.

Baucom announced the signing of 6-7 wing Connor Schroeder and 6-2 guard Quayson Williams on Tuesday; both had been committed to VMI before The Citadel hired Baucom away from that school last month.

“We are so excited to have Quayson and Connor join our Citadel basketball family,” said Baucom. “Both young men will help us immediately on the court and will be great in the classroom and the Corps of Cadets. They will flourish in the military academic setting and understand the value of a Citadel education.”

Baucom’s VMI squads led the nation in scoring in six of his 10 seasons at the military school. He said Schroeder and Williams will fit into that sort of system at The Citadel.

Schroeder, a 6-7, 195-pound small forward who from Blacksburg, Va., was a standout at the Miller School of Albemarle in Charlottesville, Va. He averaged 14.2 points and 4.3 rebounds and made second-team all-district as a senior.

“Connor is a stretch four man that can shoot it with unlimited range,” said Baucom. “He is an excellent passer, who will also rebound and defend in the post. Under the tutelage of (coaches) Ralph Melis and Damin Altizer, Conner has become a multi-faceted player who will fit in well with our up-tempo system.”

Williams, a 6-2, 180-pound guard, played at Eastern Guilford High School in Gibsonville, N.C. As a senior for coach Joe Spinks, he averaged 21 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3.3 steals and earned a spot on the first team All-News & Record team by the Greensboro News & Record. He was the Guilford County public school player of the year in 2013-14, won two straight conference player of the year awards and was team MVP each of the last three seasons.

“Quayson is an athletic, scoring point guard who makes everyone around him better,” said Baucom. “He’s a tremendous leader who played in an excellent high school program led by coach Joe Spinks. Quayson will be the engine that will allow us to play at the pace we want and he can finish at the rim, as well as shoot a high percentage from three.”

Slated to return from last season’s 11-19 team are forwards Brian White and Quinton Marshall and guard Warren Sledge, among others.