Nov 15, 2017
The Youngstown State men's basketball team signed three players to National Letters of Intent during the 2017-18 early signing period, Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun announced.
The Penguins added guards Darius Quisenberry (Huber Heights, Ohio), Jelani Simmons (Columbus, Ohio) and Atiba Taylor (Hackensack, N.J.).
"I think all three players bring a ton of value to our program," Calhoun said. "They address a lot of the needs that we have for us to be successful moving forward. We wanted to load up on guards in the 18 class and our entire staff and university helped. Those kids saw the vision at the top with President Tressel and saw the vision for the program."
Quisenberry, a 6-foot-1 guard out of Wayne High School, averaged 14.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game last season.
"Darius is a tough, hard-nosed guard," Calhoun said. "He can defend on the ball and can make the 3. We felt he was one of the toughest players in Ohio. We just loved his toughness."
Simmons, a 6-foot-5 guard from Beechcroft High school, posted averages of 15 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game and 5.0 assists per game as a junior.
"When you think of Jelani, you think of a 6-5 lanky, athletic kid," Calhoun said. "He's another guy that can play multiple positions. He can not only shoot the three but he can get to the rim."
Taylor, a three-star recruit and a 6-4 guard at The Patrick School, averaged 17 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals per game last season.
"Atiba is a multi-dimensional player that has a great feel for the game," Calhoun said. "The best things I like about Atiba are his size, his length and he makes other players better. I feel like he'll be college ready."