Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina first-year head men's basketball coach Mark Prosser has added four student-athletes to his program entering the fall of 2018. Incoming freshmen Kameron Gibson (Cincinnati, Ohio / Walnut Hills HS) and D.J. Myers (Raleigh, N.C. / Hargrave Military Academy) are joined by junior transfers Carlos Dotson (College of Central Florida) and Mason Faulkner (Northern Kentucky).
Those four newcomers join early signee Josh Cottrell, a 6-2 guard from Hayesville, N.C., who signed a National Letter of Intent in early November 2017. Four of the five players are eligible to compete this upcoming season with Faulkner to take a redshirt as per NCAA transfer rules.
"First and foremost, each of our incoming players are great individuals away from basketball. They are about the things that we want our program to be about and that's the main reason they've earned the privilege to wear the Western Carolina jersey," said Prosser on his first incoming class at the helm at WCU. "They are all winners that come from very successful programs -- some of the best in the country. We like to recruit young men that have a track record of success."
Gibson, a 6-3, 180-lbs., guard from Cincinnati, Ohio, turned in a tremendous senior year, earning both Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC) Athlete of the Year as well as second-team all-district plaudits. A four-year varsity player, he led the ECC in scoring with an 18.1 point per game average on 54.4-percent shooting from the floor that included 46.6-percent shooting from beyond the arc. He added 4.2 rebounds and two assists per game.
As a junior, Gibson averaged just under 10 points per game at 9.5 points per game to rank third on his high school team. He shot 50.8-percent from the floor while averaging 2.2 rebounds per game as a junior. Gibson was listed as the fifth-rated shooting guard in the state of Ohio in 2018.
"Kameron Gibson is just scratching the surface of the player that he will be as a Catamount. He is a true shot-maker that comes from an outstanding academic and athletic background at one of the premier high schools in the state of Ohio. He is a proven winner and we could not be happier about adding Kameron and his family to the Catamount Nation," said Prosser.
Myers, a 6-6, 200-lbs., forward from Raleigh, N.C., began his prep career at Neuse Christian before transferring to Hargrave Military Academy for his junior and senior seasons. Originally committing to Longwood, the versatile wing averaged double-figure scoring over his prep career, improving his average from 14.5 points as a freshman to 16.5 as a sophomore. He also averaged over 4.0 rebounds per game including six as a freshman.
Myers was named the Virginia Independent Conference (VIC) Player of the Year as a junior, averaging 19.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game. He earned first team all-state on a Hargrave team that set a school-record with 26 wins and earned a spot on the prestigious postgraduate team for his senior year.
"D.J. Myers is a fantastic young man off the court. On the court, he can be a player that adds tremendous position flexibility to our team. He played at one of the premier prep programs in the nation and in doing so has already competed and excelled at a very high level. We look forward to having D.J. and his family here in the Catamount family," Prosser said.
Dotson is a 6-7, 265-lbs., junior transfer from Central Florida Community College who will have two seasons of eligibility remaining at WCU. He began his collegiate career at Anderson University, playing in four games back in 2015-16 where he averaged 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. Transferring to Central Florida, the strong post played in 32 games a season ago for the Patriots, averaging 13.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game on 60.3-percent shooting from the field. He posted 22 double-digit scoring games with 20-or-more points four times including a season-best 33 points against Santa Fe. Dotson pulled down double-digit rebounds nine times including eight-or-more in 13 games, charting 13 double-doubles.
Dotson was selected to play in the NJCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game played in Las Vegas, Nev., back in mid-May 2018. He scored eight points on 3-of-6 shooting in just over 15 minutes of court time.
Originally from Riverdale, Md., Dotson played his prep basketball at Dorman High School in Spartanburg, S.C., where he was a two-time all-region, as well as first team all-area and earned an all-state selection. As a senior, he helped guide the Cavaliers to a 20-5 record, averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds per game, capturing a spot on the North-South All-Star game roster where he scored 14 points -- three in the closing moments to send the game into overtime.
"Carlos Dotson is a young man that I have known and have looked forward to coaching for years. He gives us an immediate post presence and he embraces that role. Like all our incoming players, Carlos is a tremendous individual and a winner -- and has done so at every level. We are very proud to add Carlos and his family to our Catamount family," Prosser said.
Faulkner is a 6-1, 165-lbs., guard that is transferring to WCU from Northern Kentucky where he has been the past two seasons. Playing in 65 total games with one start for the Norse, Faulkner averaged 6.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game the last two years including a 7.4 point per game average as a freshman. He earned Horizon League Freshman of the Week plaudits after scoring a then-career-high 24 points against Youngstown State followed by 16 points against Cleveland State. He usurped his career benchmark as a freshman with a career-best 29 points including 23 in the second half alone against Detroit Mercy
A former Mr. Basketball finalist from Caverna High, Faulkner -- who was a three-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals out of high school -- led the Commonwealth of Kentucky in scoring as a senior in 2015-16, averaging 35.9 points per game while also averaging 10 rebounds, four assists, and 2.1 steals per game. He was the co-Fifth Region Player of the Year from the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches (KABC) as a senior, adding to a litany of accomplishments that included first team all-state honors two seasons.
All told, Faulkner, a prolific scorer, finished his prep career with a school-record 3,148 career points scored and over 600 career rebounds. He will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2018-19 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
"Mason Faulkner is another young man who is a proven winner and a tremendously hard worker. He adds a new perspective to our team having cut down nets and played in an NCAA tournament. The sky is the limit for Mason as he attacks his redshirt year. We could not be happier about adding Mason and his family to our program," said Prosser.
Western Carolina under its first-year coaching staff returns nine players including senior forward Marc Gosselin, the team's leading returning scorer and rebounder at 8.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He is flanked by five juniors and three sophomores.
Prosser and staff expect to unveil the squad's 2018-19 schedule during the summer months with season tickets for home games at the Ramsey Center to go on sale around the same time.