Troy basketball closes out recruiting by signing five

Published 11:37 am Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Troy basketball completed its offseason recruiting by signing a class of five.

Despite losing Steven Cunningham and Tim Owens to graduation and with starting point guard Will “Mo” Weathers and Daronte Clark leaving the team, head coach Don Maestri still feels confident about the upcoming season.

“I think we’ve got a good class coming in,” Maestri said. “They are a well-rounded group that will compliment the guys already here.”

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In an effort to replace Weathers and strengthen the guard position, Maestri and company signed three guards, Hunter Williams, Antione Myers, and Jeff Mullahey.

Myers, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Pensacola Junior College, is a player Maestri projects to contribute right away.

“He is an exceptional finisher,” said Maestri. “He has a good mid-range shot but is a great layup-maker because he can score with both the left and right hand.”

Myers’ teammate, 6-foot-3 shooting guard Jeff Mullahey, will also join the Trojans.

“A three-point shooter,” Maestri said. “He is a very good athlete and a 4.0 student.”

Both Myers and Mullahey were first-team All-Panhandle Conference selections.

Williams is a versatile guard that can help spell players and various positions. Williams averaged 11.8 points per game last season as a sophomore at College of Central Florida in Ocala.

Troy also signed two big men to make up for the loss of Owens and Cunningham.

Josh Warren, from Brevard (Fla.) Community College, is a 6-foot-9 center that, according to Maestri has a motor that never quits.

“He is one of the hardest working kids of his size that we’ve seen all year. He hustles on every play,” Maestri said. “He picks up charging foul, goes after every rebound, and just plays with incredible intensity.”

Hill College wing player Tevin Calhoun is also expected to quickly add to Troy’s depth.

“He brings both speed and scoring ability,” said Maestri. “He can crash the boards but also has a nice three-point shoot.”

Calhoun is 6-foot-7 and is expected to help against teams with size advantages.

“It’s a very solid class,” Maestri said. “They are all good basketball players and are all very good people.”

The Trojans return guard Alan Jones and forward Justin Wright, who the team’s top scorers averaging just over 10 points per game each.

Emil Jones, Troy’s leader in rebounds last season is also back. R.J. Scott and Ray Chambers are returning as well.

The Trojans will also have the services of forwards Breon Dixon and Westley Hinton as well as guard Deonata Jethroe. All three redshirted last season.

Troy will open the 2012-13 season against SEC foe Mississippi State in the new Trojan Arena on Nov. 9.