MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College head men's basketball coach Mark Gainous has announced the signing of seven players to the roster for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
"We feel good about our incoming class," said Gainous. "They complement our returners well and we feel they will make our team stronger. Coach [Ryan] Aquino did a nice job identifying, recruiting and signing guys who fit well with our University and program. All seven players are former Georgia High School student-athletes who played under successful coaches either in high school and/or AAU."
Bobcat Men's Basketball has eight returners on the roster, so these seven should factor into important roles from the start.
The new Bobcat players and their accomplishments are as follows:
Justin Cave (Savannah) joins Bobcat Nation from Islands High School, where he played for Karl Demasi. Islands High made an appearance in the GHSA AAA Elite Eight. He also played summer basketball with the Savannah Terps.
Coach Gainous says: "Justin is an athletic guard with good size. We believe Justin has the ability to play multiple guard positions."
A four-time All-State selection, Andrew Prestwood (Milledgeville) stays in his hometown to play at the next level after four years at John Milledge High School. Under the guidance of former Bobcat Assistant Coach David Gallagher, Prestwood made appearances in two final fours, including a GISA State Championship in his junior season. He was a 2,000-point scorer at JMA.
Coach Gainous says: "We believe he brings a strong work ethic and perimeter shooting to our team."
Matthew Quint (Statham) comes to Milledgeville from North Oconee High School, playing under coach Dave Gascho. A Region Player of the Year, Quint helped lead his team to the GHSA AAAA State Playoffs.
Coach Gainous says: "He brings three-point shooting to our team. We first identified Matthew at our team camp heading into his senior season."
Chapin Rierson (Calhoun) comes from Calhoun High School, where he played for Georgia College alum Vince Layson. A Region Player of the Year, Rierson led his squad to the GHSA AAA Final Four in his senior season. He also played AAU with the Atlanta All-Stars under head coach Ben Miller, one of the most respected AAU coaches in the country.
Coach Gainous says: "Chapin brings toughness, athleticism, and versatility to our team."
Ethan Smith (Sugar Hill) continues his basketball at the next level after graduating from North Gwinnett High School, where he played for Matt Garner and assistant coach and Georgia College alum Reece Wiedeman. Smith was an All-Region Second Team pick, and appeared on the Gwinnett County All-Star Team. He played summer ball with God's Property.
Coach Gainous says: "He brings good size and three-point shooting to our team."
Jordan Thomas (Conyers) is out of Heritage High School, under the instruction of coach Vernon Denmark. A 1,000-point scorer, Thomas helped lead the Patriots to the GHSA AAAAAA State Tournament. He also played summer basketball with Team Affect.
Coach Gainous says: "We really like his playmaking and shooting ability."
Chandler Wright (Cumming) is a graduate of Creekview High School, where he played for head coach Casey Grambling. Wright helped lead the Grizzlies to the AAAAAA State Tournament. He also played summer basketball with the Atlanta Timberwolves and head coach Scott Samach.
Coach Gainous says: "Chandler brings size and athleticism to the program. He is the lone post player of the 2017 class."
In 2016-17, the Bobcats went 15-13, narrowly missing a spot in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) playoffs. The Bobcats return all three double-digit scorers from last season, led by 10.7 points per game from junior Isaac Thomas (Trion). Bobcat Athletics will release the schedule soon, stay tuned to GCBobcats.com.
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