Tuesday, September 6, 2016

NCCU Men’s Basketball Announces 2016-17 Recruiting Class

DURHAM, North Carolina -- The North Carolina Central University men's basketball program has restocked for the upcoming season as head coach LeVelle Moton has announced a signing class of six newcomers.

Alex Mills (McLennan College), Pablo Rivas (Sheridan College), Ron Trapps (Coastal Carolina University), Michael Wolfe (South Plains College), Raasean Davis (Kent State University), and Rashann London (Drexel University) all join the program as transfers.

"We're excited about our incoming class," said Moton said of the newcomers. "We felt that we needed older and mature players in the program to compete with the new landscape in the MEAC."

Alex Mills (6-1, Laurens, S.C.) competed in 11 games during an injury-shortened 2015-16 season at McLennan College, averaging 12.7 points per game as a shooting guard in his sophomore year. Mills hit the floor 30 times in his freshman campaign and put up 12.9 and 1.4 boards per outing.

"Alex will add much needed perimeter shooting to our team," said Moton. "He suffered an unfortunate Achilles injury last year, so once he is cleared, we look forward to him being a key contributor."

Pablo Rivas (6-5, Phoenix, Ariz.) logged 28 games with 22 starts at Sheridan College as a forward during the 2015-16 season. He contributed 19.5 and 8.5 caroms per game during his sophomore year. Rivas knocked down 44 treys during the season and shot 36.4 percent from downtown and 51.1 percent from the floor.

"Pablo is a do-it-all athlete that can play on the perimeter and inside," Moton said. "We hope he adds much needed depth and athleticism to our team."

Ron Trapps (6-4, 200, Lancaster, S.C.) transfers to NCCU after a three-year career at Coastal Carolina University, where he made 49 appearances for the Chanticleers. As a guard, he averaged 5.2 points per game during the 2015-16 season and knocked down 33 three-pointers, while contributing 1.7 rebounds per contest.

"Ron is a mature wing that comes from a winning program at Coastal Carolina," Moton said. "He will bring an element of leadership, toughness, and perimeter scoring to our team."

Michael Wolfe (6-9, Germantown, Md.) played 28 games with 13 starts during the 2015-16 campaign at South Plains College. He averaged 4.1 points per game in his sophomore year and knocked down shots from the field at a rate of 49.5 percent.

"Michael will provide much needed length and athleticism to our program," Moton said. "He has the ability to knock down perimeter shots and change shots at the rim."

Raasean Davis (6-8, 260, Chicago, Ill.) joins NCCU from Kent State University, where he appeared in 25 games during his sophomore season. The 6-8 forward batted away 10 shots and during the 2015-16 campaign, and played a total of 46 games over two years.

"Raasean is a big, polished, and very skilled big man that transferred from Kent State and will sit out this season," Moton said. "His skill level at the center position is something that's a novelty in the MEAC."

Rashann London (6-2, 185, Philadelphia, Pa.) appeared in all 31 games at Drexel during the 2015-16 season and started 24 contests, averaging 30.1 minutes per game. London averaged 7.5 points with 2.3 assists per game in his sophomore year, and also started every game during his freshman season in 2014-15.

"Rashann is a talented wing guard from Drexel that will also sit out this year," said Moton. "He has proven to be an elite guard at the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) level."


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