Men’s Basketball Signs Trio of Frontcourt Recruits for 2017-18

Men’s Basketball Signs Trio of Frontcourt Recruits for 2017-18

The Youngstown State men's basketball program has signed three frontcourt recruits to National Letters of Intent to join the Penguins for the 2017-18 season, YSU Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun announced.

The Penguins signed 6-foot-8 forward Noe Anabir (Geneva, Switzerland), 6-foot-5 forward Tyree Robinson (Fall River, Mass.) and 6-foot-11 center Alex Wilbourn (San Diego, Calif). All three will be juniors in 2017-18 and have two years of eligibility remaining.

Anabir played last season at Mesa Community College and averaged 8.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 58 percent from the field. He scored in double figures 12 times, including a season-high 22 points against Phoenix College. As a freshman at Northwest Kansas Technical College, Anabir connected on 52.3 percent of his shots and averaged. 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

"Noe is a very physical player who can play the 4 or 5 for us," Calhoun said. "He is strong, and his versatility is a key attribute. He can play inside but also step out and shoot the 3. He is a good fit for us as a player and as a person."

Robinson, a three-star recruit out of Notre Dame Preparatory School, spent the last two seasons at Odessa (Texas) College. Last season, he scored 410 points for an average of 12.8 points per game and posted seven rebounds per contest. Robinson, who connected on 66 percent of his field-goal attempts, scored in double figures 23 times and had at least 20 points three times last season. As a freshman, Robinson shot 70.4 percent from the field and averaged 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. During his time at Odessa, Robinson made 75.8 percent of his free-throw attempts as a freshman and 72.2 percent as a sophomore.

"Tyree has a tremendous motor and a lot of energy," Calhoun said. "He is very similar to many guys that I've coached before. He is a scorer and a great rebounder and very good for our system."

Wilbourn, from Mission Bay High School in San Diego, Calif., played two seasons at San Diego City College and scored 574 points and grabbed 351 rebounds with 62 blocks. Last season, he averaged 8.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 51.1 percent from the field and collecting 38 blocks. As a freshman, Wilbourn scored 8.9 points per game with six rebounds per contest and shot 48.9 percent from the field.

"Alex is a very skilled player," Calhoun said. "He can run, block shots and take you in and out. He can also shoot the 3 as well."