Nov. 13, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. -
The Western Carolina men's basketball program has inked three signees, Alex Hicks, Devin Peterson and Ashley Williams, for the 2014-15 season as announced by head coach Larry Hunter Wednesday.
"First of all, I want to recognize my staff for all of the hard work they have put forth in helping to put together this 2014 recruiting class" Hunter said. "With five talented seniors graduating next spring I have kept the pressure on them to tirelessly work at building quality relationships with coaches, recruits and their families, while promoting and selling the many positive qualities of Western Carolina University and our basketball program."
Hicks is a 6'8", 195lbs forward from Salem, Ala. where he will play at Glenwood School coached by Dusty Purdue. Before transferring schools to Glenwood, Hicks played for three seasons at Russell County High School where he averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game. Russell County went 18-11 and advanced to the Alabama High School Basketball Association Sweet 16. He was a two-time all-conference performer and the team's MVP twice. Hicks played AAU basketball for the Georgia Kings and head coach Gerald Olgetree.
"Alex is a very gifted player with great versatility," Hunter said. "He is comfortable inside around the basket and also out on the perimeter - a talented scorer from all over the court who has very good ball-handling and passing skills. His length and athleticism allow him to play bigger than his actual size. He should be able to compete for serious playing time very quickly."
Devin Peterson is a 6'2", 170lb point guard from Atlanta, Ga. where he plays for head coach Marvin Latham at Mt. Pisgah. During his junior season he averaged 17 points, four assists and five rebounds per game while earning all-region and all-metro team honors. He played his AAU basketball for the Atlanta All-Stars and head coach Ben Miller.
"Devin has good point guard instincts, skills and experience," Hunter said. "He is highly skilled with the ball; his poise and feel for the game help him score and distribute. He will play hard on both ends of the floor and has demonstrated leadership and toughness on his teams."
Ashley Williams is 6'6", 165lbs guard from Morehead City, N.C. where he plays at the Greenfield School for one season entering his senior year for head coach Rob Salter. He also played for two seasons at Croatan High School. During his junior season at Greenfield he averaged 12 points, four rebounds and two assists per game, while picking up all-conference and all-state accolades. He played AAU basketball for Garner Road Elite and head coach Dawyne West.
"Ashley is a long, athletic wing with great character and skill set," Hunter said. "He is the son of coaching parents and has been well schooled in the basics. He is someone who has been exposed to hard work and toughness and is a very passionate and committed young man. "
The three will enroll at WCU in the fall of the 2014 and play for the Catamounts during the 2014-15 season.
"We are very excited about the overall character, talent, work ethic, passion and potential of this group of young men," concluded Hunter about his three signees. "They are good people who you want to be around, and this is a very talented class of players. There is good size and athleticism in this group. They have a good fundamental base with good offensive ball-handling, passing and shooting skills. Their positional diversity will help them fit comfortably into our system of play and should help us continue to compete for championships for the next several years."
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