Dover, Del. (Apr. 28, 2017) --- Delaware State 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, N.C. Waddell averaged 15.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game as a senior at Concord First Assembly Academy last season.
Listed at 6-6, 235 pounds, Waddell tallied 1,298 points during his scholastic career. 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 (N.C.) teammates Saleik Edwards and Daivon Gamble.
Edwards, a 6-3 shooting guard from Winterville, N.C., 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. Edwards scored a career-high 25 points on 9-for -12 shooting from the field, including 6-of--9 on three-point FGs, vs. Caldwell last season.
Edwards and Gamble will each have junior eligibility with the Hornets during the 2017-18 season.
Gamble, a 6-8 power forward/center from Charlotte, N.C., 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, Va., high school star Ameer Bennett has also signed to join the Hornets next season. A 6-8, 200-pound forward, 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.
A three-year starter, 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.
Bennett posted a 48 percent field goal percentage, including 40 percent on three-point shots, during his senior season.
Rounding out the list is Johquin “Pinky” Wiley, a former standout point guard at L.C. Bird High School in Chesterfield, Va,
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, the 5-11 Wiley helped lead L.C. Bird to the Virginia 5A state championship as a senior last season. He nailed to game-winning shot with four seconds left to send the team to the championship game.
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.
Delaware State 2017-18 Men's Basketball signees
Name Cl Ht Pos Hometown/Previous School
Ameer Bennett FR 6-8 F Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's HS
Coach Walker's comments: “Ameer is a highly skilled combo forward. He can shoot with either hand and possesses a nice mid-range shot. He's a solid defender, what I would consider a rim protector. I'm looking forward to his development with the team.”
Saleik Edwards JR 6-3 G Winterville, N.C./Brunswick CC
Coach Walker's comments: “Saleik can play both guard positions, although we envision him challenging to replace graduating senior and 1000-point scorer DeAndre Haywood. He's a complete guard who shoots well, can handle the ball and make plays on defense. His junior college experience is helpful as he steps up to the Division I level.”
Daivon Gamble JR 6-8 F/C Charlotte, N.C./Brunswick CC
Coach Walker's comments: “Davion is a high energy guy who is a capable scorer, but sets himself apart with his defense and rebounding abilities. He makes the hustle plays on offense and defense that teams need to be successful.”
Amiri Waddell FR 6-6 F Charlotte, N.C/Concord First Assembly Academy
Coach Walker's comments: “Amiri is capable of playing multiple positions for us. He's equally effective as an outside shooter and inside scorer, and could be a match-up nightmare for our opponents. Although he's capable of putting up big numbers, his unselfish play is perhaps his biggest asset.”
Johquin “Pinky” Wiley FR 5-11 PG Chesterfield, Va./Chesterfield HS
Coach Walker's comments: Pinky is the consummate floor general point guard. Many considered him the best high school player in Virginia last season. He led his team to a state championship during his senior year. He's a double-figure scorer, but his best attribute is making his teammates better.”