Thursday, April 12, 2018
Penguins continue busy offseason
By Brian Dzenis
After some departures, Youngstown State’s men’s basketball team is getting some reinforcements.
Four more recruits will be joining the program for the 2018-19 season after signing National Letters of Intent during the late signing period, the team announced on Wednesday.
The Penguins inked 6-foot-5 guard Donel Cathcart III (Buffalo, N.Y.), 6-foot-3 guard Kendale Hampton (Columbia, S.C.), 6-foot-7 forward Antwan Maxwell, Jr. (Savannah, Ga.) and 6-foot-9 forward Olamide Pedersen (Bronshoj, Demark).
They join Darius Quisenberry, Jelani Simmons, Atiba Taylor in the 2018-19 recruiting class.
It’s been an eventful offseason for the Penguins, with five players getting their release to transfer last month. Braun Hartfield, Jeremiah Ferguson, Jacob Brown, Devin Haygood and Tyree Robinson are all set to depart. Hartfield and Haygood were starters on last year’s team, which went 8-24 and 6-12 mark in the Horizon League.
Cathcart, who spent the last two seasons Niagara County Community College and will two years of eligibility, was named to the NJCAA Division II All-America second-team, earned Region III Division II first-team honors, and finished the year with 639 points for a 20.6 per-game average. He also pulled down 8.5 rebounds and dished out 2.8 assists per game. In his two seasons at NCCC, Cathcart scored 1,068 points and made 144 3-pointers, including 82 in 2017-18.
Hampton, an incoming junior, will two years of eligibility after playing two seasons at Garden City Community College. He was named to the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference All-League Team after averaging 13.7 points per game and shooting 41.8 percent from 3-point range. Last season, he made 81 3-pointers and scored in double figures 25 times.
Maxwell, a junior who spent a year at Charleston Southern and a year at College of Central Florida, will have two years of eligibility. Last season at junior college, Maxwell averaged 8.4 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game and connected. Pederson, a freshman from Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kan., averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks per game.