Lexington, Ky. – Transylvania men's basketball head coach Brian Lane has announced the Pioneers incoming recruiting class for the upcoming season.
Joining the Pioneers squad for the 2017-2018 season are a deep class of 12 recruits, hailing from Florida, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia.
"We were able to come back with another extremely strong recruiting class this year," said Lane. "Our plan was to continue to broaden our recruiting efforts and I think we accomplished that by adding four out-of-state guys."
One of the largest classes in Transylvania men's basketball program history, the group of 12 provides instant depth to a team which ranked second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference last season in points per game, losing three seniors to graduation.
As the graduation of All-HCAC First Team and leading scorer Alex Jones leaves a void in the Transy lineup, these 12 will battle to address those necessities and other needs on the team.
"This year's class is extremely balanced between guards, wings, and size," analyzed Lane. "While we certainly did not set out to have such a big group, every time we have had this kind of depth in the past, it has translated into trips to the NCAA Tournament. It is a great group of young players that are coming from terrific, well-coached high school programs. It is an exciting time for Transylvania basketball."
The incoming class includes 11 freshmen and one sophomore transfer. They join a Transylvania program looking to improve upon a fifth-place finish in conference play and an overall record of 17-10.
Transylvania Men's Basketball 2017 RECRUITING CLASS
James Dugan, Forward, Fairfax Station, Virginia
Dugan is one player who will add immense size to Transylvania's lineup and a new dimension to the Pioneers offense. A 6-foot-7 forward, Dugan played as both a stretch four and small forward during his high school days, and was twice named a DMV Elite 80 participant by DMVElite.com. The lone recruit to come from the state of Virginia, Dugan possesses ability to stretch the floor and blow by larger defenders as part of a promising offensive skill set.
Lucas Gentry, Forward, Mount Vernon, Kentucky
A two-time All-District selection from Rockcastle County High School, Gentry wrapped up a fine high school career as a scoring machine. Gentry posted 1,641 points and 705 rebounds in his time at Rockcastle Co., highlighted by a prolific junior season in which he shot 61 percent from the field. A 6-foot-5 forward, Gentry can score, rebound, and bring a vocal and positive presence on the floor.
Spencer Hemmerich, Guard, Burlington, Kentucky
A 6-foot-2 guard from Conner High School, Hemmerich was a highly decorated player known for his production on the wings. Hemmerich averaged 21 points per game on 47 percent shooting from the field his senior year, garnering NKY Division I accolades in both his senior and junior seasons. Hemmerich hopes to bring strong leadership qualities along with his ability to rebound well for a guard (averaged 6 rpg his senior season).
Trevor Hill, Guard, Lexington, Kentucky
It marks a homecoming of sorts for Hill, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard, who transfers into Transylvania after spending his freshman year at Eastern Kentucky University. Hill played his high school ball under former Transylvania standout Nate Valentine at Lexington Christian Academy, and now aspires to jump start his college career with the Pios. "Playing close to home was important to me," described Hill in his decision to come to Transylvania, where the combo guard will add more options to Brian Lane's backcourt.
Michael Jefferson, Guard, Berea, Kentucky
Like many of his incoming peers, Jefferson is another recruit with high-scoring ability. A 1,000 point scorer at Madison Southern High School, Jefferson is an efficient player who can do a little bit of everything. Averaging 15 points per game, seven rebounds per game, and six assists per game as a senior, Jefferson's all-around gameplay presents a dynamic possibility for a high-flying Pioneers team which played with increasing pace in 2016-17. Jefferson hopes to add a winning formula at Transylvania after leading Madison Southern to a 26-6 record and a regional tournament appearance in his final run with the Eagles.
Gavin Root, Guard, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
The Pioneers receive a pure point guard in Root, a 6-footer from North Hardin High School. A peak performer in the classroom (a four-time selection to the All-State Academic Team with a 3.98 GPA) and on the court, Root creates a balanced attack with his skill set. Root brings toughness and offensive creation to the Pioneers, demonstrated in his ability to beat a press and strike consistently from outside. After averaging 12.1 points per contest and better than four assists per game, Root completed his career at North Hardin as a two-time selection to the All-District Tournament Team and the News Enterprise 2017 Select Preps All-Area Player of the Year.
Will Sivills, Guard, Paducah, Kentucky
Sivills comes to Transylvania after a stellar prep career at McCracken County High School, where he graduated as the program's all-time leading scorer. Named to the All-Academic team four years, Sivills was an All-Regional Team selection in his final two seasons. Standing at 6-foot-3, Sivills provides additional size to the ever-increasing Transylvania backcourt.
Grant Subik, Guard, Huntington, West Virginia
Making the trek westward for his college career, Subik is an intriguing piece of Brian Lane's 2017 recruiting class. Subik wrapped up his high school career with a sparkling 23-5 record as he guided Huntington High School to the West Virginia Class AAA State Championship in clutch fashion. Subik has been forged in championship situations, winning the state championship in West Virginia twice and also earning All-Tournament Team honors as a senior and junior.
Drew Trimble, Forward, Lexington, Kentucky
After two well-traveled years, Trimble is returning to Lexington where he plans to ignite his college basketball career with the Pioneers. Trimble's journey thus far has been a diverse one, spending his freshman year of college at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he attended but did not play basketball. Prior to his time in Annapolis, Trimble matriculated at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island, where he continued growing his game. Prior to his move east, Trimble completed a strong high school career at Lexington Christian Academy, garnering multiple All-Tournament team awards and a district all-tournament selection. At 6-foot-8, Trimble immediately becomes the Pioneers' tallest player heading into 2017-18.
Dominique Turner, Forward, Shelbyville, Kentucky
Turner is another big body that Lane has recruited to Lexington for the upcoming season. A 6-foot-5 forward, Turner played in the post at Martha Layne Collins High School. As a senior, Turner was part of a Titans team that reached the Elite 8 of the KHSAA State Tournament and was named to the All-State Tournament Team. Providing post presence, Turner excels on the offensive boards and in efficient scoring situations.
Devin Twenty, Guard, Bradenton, Florida
The final two recruits in Transylvania's incoming 2017 class hail from the Sunshine State. Twenty completed a high school career at Lakewood Ranch High School that ended in a 27-3 season run and an appearance in the Final Four of the state championship. Twenty played both guard positions in high school, serving primarily as the team's point guard. Twenty can dish and score, and also protect the ball, key qualities as the Pioneers look to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013.
Will Anderson, Forward, Tampa, Florida
A 6-foot-7 forward from Jesuit High School in Tampa, Anderson completes a tall and deep recruiting class for Transylvania. Another versatile piece of the roster, Anderson played three positions in high school as his team went 22-5 and seized a district championship his senior season. Anderson brings a wealth of athletic experience, having participated in football and track in addition to his basketball success.
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