Men’s Basketball Adds Four To Bolster Already Talented Recruiting Class

Men’s Basketball Adds Four To Bolster Already Talented Recruiting Class

Four new recruits will be joining the Youngstown State men's basketball program for the 2018-19 season after signing National Letters of Intent during the late signing period, Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun 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, Denmark).

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.

"Donel gives us some versatility on the perimeter," Calhoun said. " He can shoot the 3 and can get to the rim. He was coached by Bill Beilein, the nephew of John Beilein, so he's been well coached and will give us an immediate impact on the wing."

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.

"Kendale is just a pure scorer," Calhoun said. "When you think of Kendale Hampton you think of scoring. He made 82 3-pointers last year and shot it at a very high percentage."

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 on 45.4 percent from the field. He played in 28 games and made 14 starts as a freshman at Charleston Southern. He scored in double figures three times, including a career-high 15 points against Longwood.

"Antwan came from a winning program and has Division I experience playing at Charleston Southern previously," Calhoun said. "He's a very mature kid and can do a little bit of everything. He can post you up, play the perimeter and he can lead the break."

Pederson, a freshman from Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kan., averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks per game.

"Ola is very athletic and very skilled and his upside is tremendous," Calhoun said. "He's 6-9, can shoot threes and can take you inside and take you out."

They join Darius Quisenberry (Huber Heights, Ohio) Jelani Simmons (Columbus, Ohio), Atiba Taylor (Hackensack, N.J.) in the 2018-19 recruiting class.