BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan head basketball coach Gary Nottingham has announced his recruiting class for this fall.
Nottingham will welcome nine players to the Bobcat basketball program including two Division I transfers.
Transferring from the Division I ranks are junior shooting guard Brett Bowling from Marshall University and sophomore guard Kevin Kangni from James Madison University.
The freshmen recruits are point guard Nick Brooks, guard Kameron Hedgepeth, center Luke Layhew, center Jalen Melvin, guard Quin Nottingham, guard Luka Petrovic and forward Dusan Vicentic.
The 'Cats are replacing six departing seniors from last year's 17-13 squad.
"We have a very large group this year," remarked Nottingham. "It's just not about quantity though, we have some very quality players in this group. It is a good group talent-wise and it is a very good group academically. I think it's one of the better recruiting classes in the league and the region. It can certainly match up to any Division II recruiting class."
Nottingham praised his assistant coach Jack Meriwether for bring the new class together.
"This class is certainly a tribute to Jack and his efforts," Nottingham said. "I also give credit to the team's efforts as well as they helped with recruiting in the spring. I think the success of last year and the reputation of the school certainly helped as well."
Wesleyan will get their 2016-17 season underway Friday, Nov. 11 when they play Bowie State in the Joe Retton Classic at Fairmont State University.
Below is a list of his recruiting class (Listed in alphabetical order).
Brett Bowling – 6-4, Junior, Shooting Guard
High School: Wyoming East (Marshall University transfer)
Hometown: Pineville, W. Va.
Bio: Bowling is a transfer from Marshall University, where he played in 24 games. Before attending Marshall, he was a standout at Wyoming East High School, where he averaged 17 points per game as a senior and was Third-Team All-State selection. Following his career at Wyoming East, Bowling played on a nationally-ranked post-graduate team at Fork Union Military Academy.
Nick Brooks – 6-0, Freshman, Point Guard
High School: Vermont Academy
Hometown: Franklin Park, N. J.
Bio: Brooks played his final two years of high school basketball at Vermont Academy. During his time at Vermont Academy, he played in two NEPSAC Championship games, clinching the NEPSAC title in his senior year. Brooks was ranked as the No. 5 player in Vermont and one of the top 100 players in New England by New England Recruiting Report.
Kameron Hedgepeth – 6-5, Freshman, Guard
High School: Battlefield (Hargrave Military Academy)
Hometown: Gainesville, Va.
Bio: Hedgepeth was a First Team All-Conference, All-Region and All-State player as a senior at Battlefield High School in Virginia, where he finished his career with over 1,000 points. He spent last year at Hargrave Military Academy as a post-grad player on their 47-1 national championship team.
Kevin Kangni – 6-2, Sophomore, Guard
High School: Amelia Academy (James Madison University transfer)
Hometown: Amelia Court House, Va.
Bio: A transfer from James Madison where he participated in 13 games as a freshman, Kangni played his high school basketball at Amelia Academy after arriving from his home country of Benin. At Amelia, Kangni was a First Team All-State selection after leading the team with 25.0 points per game on 60.5-percent shooting (290-479). He also averaged 9.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 3.1 steals and 1.0 block per outing. He also made 40 three-pointers and 156 free throws on a 24-7 team.
Luke Layhew – 6-9, Freshman, Center
High School: Ripley
Hometown: Ripley, W. Va.
Bio: Layhew finished his career at Ripley High School with over 1,000 points and became the school's all-time leader in rebounds (650) and blocks (155). He averaged 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks per game as a senior, leading to a Third Team All-State selection.
Jalen Melvin – 6-10, Freshman, Center
High School: Northwestern
Hometown: Hyattsville, Md.
Bio: Melvin averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per game as a senior. Prior to attending Northwestern High School, Jalen competed at Paul VI High School on a team that played in the state championship and on a Potomac High School team that won a state championship. In the spring, Jalen played on the Baltimore Elite AAU team that went undefeated in the Adidas Gauntlet, rising as high as No. 2 in the national rankings.
Quin Nottingham – 6-0, Freshman, Guard
High School: Centennial
Hometown: Champaign, Ill.
Bio: A three-year starter at Centennial. As a senior he averaged 21 points and four assists per game. Was named First Team All-Conference and All-Area in his senior season. A 1,000-point scorer in high school and is ranked ninth on the all-time scoring list at Centennial. He will also play baseball at Wesleyan.
Luka Petrovic -- 6-5, Freshman, Guard
High School: Huntington Prep
Hometown: Knjazevac, Serbia
Bio: Petrovic is one of two Serbian players in this year's recruiting class. He was a key reserve for two years at high school powerhouse Huntington Prep. In his two seasons in Huntington, the team amassed a record of 56-14 including an appearance in the semi-finals of the Dick's National Championship Tournament and a No. 5 national rankings in USA Today.
Dusan Vicentic -- 6-8, Freshman, Forward
High School: Walsingham Academy
Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia
Bio: Vicentic starred for a 20-8 team at Walsingham Academy in his first year playing in America after arriving from Serbia. A versatile forward Vicentic led the team in rebounding and blocks while also showcasing his versatile offensive skillset.