Delaware State University head men’s basketball coach Keith Walker has announced that five recruits have signed the National Letter of Intent to attend the university and compete for the Hornets beginning in the 2017-18 season.
The list includes two junior college transfers and three including freshmen. The breakdown by position is: three forwards, two of whom are also listed as centers, one point guard and one shooting guard.
Joining the Hornets next season is power forward Amiri Waddell of Charlotte, North Carolina. Waddell averaged 15.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game as a senior at Concord First Assembly Academy last season. He was All-North Carolina Independent Secondary Schools Athletic Association First Team honoree and 2017 North Carolina Private School All-Star selection.
The Hornets have also inked former Brunswick Community College, North Carolina, teammates Saleik Edwards and Daivon Gamble. Edwards was Brunswick’s second leading scorer at 13.9 points per game as a sophomore during the 2016-17 season. He also averaged 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game last season. Gamble averaged 9.5 points and was Brunswick’s second leading rebounder at 6.4 per game during the 2016-17 campaign. He had career-highs of 25 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Clinton Junior College last season.
Former Richmond, Virginia, high school athlete Ameer Bennett also signed to join the Hornets next season. Bennett averaged 12 points and nine rebounds per game and earned Virginia Prep All-Conference honors as a senior at St. Christopher’s High School during the 2016-17 season. Bennett helped lead St. Christopher’s to 20 or more wins in each season, a conference championship as a junior and state tournament final four appearance in sophomore year.
Rounding out the list is Johquin “Pinky” Wiley, a former point guard at L.C. Bird High School in Chesterfield, Virginia. The 2016-17, 5A South Region Player-of-the-Year, Conference 12 Player-of-the-Year and 5A State Co-Player of the Year, Wiley averaged 11 points and seven assists per game during his senior season. Also a 2016-17 Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro First Team player, Wiley helped lead L.C. Bird to the Virginia 5A state championship as a senior.
Delaware State men’s basketball returns one regular starter from its 2016-17 squad, which posted a 10-22 overall record and was eighth in the MEAC with a 7-9 regular season mark.