by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – Barton College men's basketball head coach Ron Lievense is pleased to announced the signing of nine players who make up the 2017-18 recruiting class.
The group includes seven freshmen and a pair of transfers. The newcomers will join seven returnees and three redshirts from last season's squad.
"I'm very excited about this class," Lievense said. "(Assistant) Coach (Joel) Zimmerman worked extremely hard to bring us in a group of young men who have some talent and some athletic ability. In this recruiting class, we have some size, we have some shooters, and we have some quickness. We're really excited to start working with them.
"With no seniors on the team, our guys are going to really have to mature quickly. They are going to have to grow together and learn to deal with adversity so that we can be successful in our conference. I'm really interested to see how well these guys gel together as a young team. Sometimes it's really hard for young guys to understand the importance of team first. We really want these guys to put their teammates above themselves, and really buy in to the Barton basketball work ethic and commitment level. The people who really buy into that sooner than others will probably play more. So we'll have to see how that goes. But we're excited."
Following are the 2017-18 signees with comments by Lievense:
Chris Cook, 6-7 forward, Knoxville, Tenn. (Roane State CC)
"Chris is a skilled athletic forward who has shown the ability to defend and rebound around the basket as well as shoot from the perimeter."
Bobby Stenborg, 6-5 forward, Garner, N.C. (Brunswick CC)
"Bobby earned All-Region 10 and Honorable Mention All-American honors while averaging 21 points and seven rebounds per game. He will bring toughness and perimeter skills to the team."
Blake Burdack, 6-8 forward, Melbourne, Australia (Fork Union Military Academy)
"Blake is a versatile big man who can play on the perimeter and around the basket. He plays the game with intensity, toughness and enthusiasm."
David Campbell, 6-3 guard, Severn, Md. (Mt. Zion Prep)
"David is an athletic scoring guard who has shown the ability to really drive the basketball and make other players better."
Leland Hampton, 6-1 guard, North Chesterfield, Va. (Amelia Academy)
"Leland is a scoring guard from Amelia Academy, where he averaged 12.5 points, seven rebounds and 3.6 assists per game."
Jake Kakar, 6-3 guard, Boston, Mass. (The MacDuffie School)
"Jake is a shooting and scoring guard who averaged 12 points and seven rebounds per game at MacDuffie. Has shown a great knowledge of the game and can play multiple positions."
Isaiah Reddish, 6-5 forward, Durham, N.C. (Riverside HS)
"Isaiah averaged 20.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in earning PAC-6 All-Conference and All-District honors. He has shown great scoring ability and is a versatile player who can play multiple positions."
Trey Scoggins, 6-0 guard, Louisburg, N.C. (Louisburg HS)
"Trey is a scoring and rebounding guard from Louisburg, where he averaged nine points and six rebounds per game."
Imrie Worley, 6-0 guard, Woodbridge, Va. (Woodbridge HS)
"Imrie is a shooting and scoring guard who averaged 13.3 points per game. He earned All-Conference and Second Team All-Region honors in addition to recording a 4.0 GPA in the classroom."