Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina men’s basketball head coach Mark Prosser announced the signing of Xavier Cork and Travion McCray for the 2019-20 season on Wednesday.
Cork is a 6-9 forward from Sulphur Springs, Texas and attended Sulphur Springs High School playing for head coach Clark Cipoletta. During his senior season, Cork was named the District 15-5A Co-Most Valuable Player and a TABC All-Region 2 player as he helped lead the Wildcats to their first UIL State Tournament Final Four appearance since 1925. Cork played AAU Basketball for Dallas Showtyme and head coach Erwin Clark.
“Xavier Cork is the type of student-athlete that we will always recruit. He is a great kid and a very good student,” Prosser stated. “On the court, Xavier will add a dynamic to our team that we absolutely need. He possesses the size and athleticism to impact the game at both ends of the floor, whether it be finishing at and around the rim on offense or defending and influencing shots for our opponents on defense. Xavier’s progress in the last year has been remarkable, and the sky is the limit for him as a player. We are very fortunate to add Xavier to our team.”
McCray is a 6-1 guard from Timmonsville, S.C. and attended Village Christian in Fayetteville, N.C. under head coach Kurtis Darden. During his senior season, McCray helped lead Village Christian to a runner-up finish in the NCISAA 3-A state tournament and earned a spot on the NCISAA 3-A All-State Team. He was named to the Fayetteville Observer’s Best of 910Preps All-Star team. As a junior, McCray was named the Sandhills Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a member of the NCISAA 3-A All-State Team. McCray played AAU Basketball for Team Loaded NC and head coach Erik Glenn.
“Travion McCray is a young man that we have known and recruited for years,” Prosser said. “Like all of our young men, Travion is a great kid and competes very hard in the classroom. On the court, Travion is a relentless competitor. He hates to lose and plays with great passion and emotion. He is a dynamic combination guard that excels creating offense for himself and others. He has the potential to be a tremendous defender on the perimeter. We are very fortunate to add Trae to our team.”
Along with Cork and McCray, the Catamounts signed guard Tyler Harris from Independence HS in Charlotte for the 2019-20 season during the early signing period in late November.