Three new Trojans join men’s basketball team

Published 9:36 pm Friday, May 17, 2013

The Troy men’s basketball team has landed three recruits, one being a highly-touted forward, so far under first-year coach Phil Cunningham.

Miguel Dicent Guante, Jaroslav Moravek and Kevin Thomas have all committed to play for the Trojans next season.

Thomas, an Ontario, Canada native, was a three-star recruit out of Christian Faith Center Academy (N.C.) and played for the AAU team Grassroots Canada.

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Ten of the 12 players on Thomas’ Grassroots Canada team are currently playing Division I basketball.

At 6-foot, 8-inches, 205 lbs., Thomas originally signed to play for Texas before opting to go to junior college. Thomas played two seasons with Palm Beach State in Florida where he averaged 9.1 points and nine rebounds per game last season and led his team to a 29-3 record and a No. 16 ranking.

“Kevin’s greatest strength as a player is his versatility,” Cunningham said in a press release. “He is long and athletic, and he can play multiple positions. Kevin is a high character young man who played for one of the top junior college programs in the country at Palm Beach.”

Dicent Guante, a 6-foot, 3-inches, 180-pound guard, played at the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain and represented his native Dominican Republic at the 2011 U17 Americas Tournament.

“We are really excited about Miguel’s decision to attend Troy University,” Cunningham said in the release. “He is a versatile guard who truly knows how to play the game. Miguel definitely needs to get stronger in order to compete at this level, but he has that South American flair to his game that our fans will enjoy for the next four years.”

Moravek comes to Troy from Handlova, Slovakia. The 6-foot, 8-inch forward spent the summer of 2012 with the Slovakian National Team and played in the EuroBasket Qualifications.

“Jaro provides us with some size and strength in the post that we certainly needed to add to our roster,” Cunningham said. “He is a physically mature young man who also has the ability to stretch the defense with his outside shooting. Jaro possesses a high basketball IQ, which is typical for a European post player and something we look for in recruiting.”