Miami Welcomes 5-Man Recruiting Class

    
November 14th, 2008
OXFORD, Ohio- Miami University's men's basketball team received five national letters-of-intent during the November signing period, head coach Charlie Coles announced Thursday. Joining the RedHawks next season will be 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward/guard Mark Anderson (Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar/Sinclair C.C.), 6-foot-7, 250-pound forward Drew Kelly (Franklin, Tenn./Centennial), 6-foot-11, 220-pound center Drew McGhee (North Ridgeville, Ohio/North Ridgeville), 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard Allen Roberts (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) and 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard Orlando Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton).

 

"This is a very good recruiting class," said Coles. "We were able to bring in guys at every position. I think each one of these guys has a chance to come in and be able to contribute right away, which is what you look for when you're bringing guys into your program."

 

Anderson is an NJCAA Division II Preseason First-Team All-America selection. As a freshman at Sinclair, he was tabbed the OCCAC Player of the Year, earning All-Region Tournament Team honors and garnering Second-Team NJCAA All-America distinction. His 25.6 ppg average led NJCAA II, while his 9.3 rebounds per game ranked 30th. He helped the team to a 24-6 record, an OCCAC regular-season title and an NJCAA II District 7 runner-up finish. During his high school career, Anderson averaged 14.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 4.0 bpg at Dunbar High School. He helped the Wolverines to a 26-2 record, a Division II state title and No. 1 state ranking as a senior. He was a first-team all-area selection as a senior and also earned all-city recognition.

 

Kelly is the all-time leading scorer at Centennial High School. He earned all-state honors and was an all-mid-state selection as a junior. Kelly was named district MVP in 2007-08 and shared district MVP honors the previous season. He is a three-time first-team all- district and all-region selection. Last season, he averaged 26.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg and 6.0 bpk and is on pace to eclipse 2,000 career points. He has led Centennial to a pair of 20-win seasons, including a 27-6 record in 2007-08, and a pair of region semifinal appearances. A candidate for Tennessee Mr. Basketball this season, Kelly his a four-year letterwinner and four-time captain of the basketball team and also has earned three letters in football and one in track and field. McGhee was tabbed the WSC Player of the Year as a junior and also earned Morning Journal Player of the Year honors in 2007-08. He averaged 16.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg and 6.0 bpg for the Rangers as a junior, while helping North Ridgeville to a WSC Conference title.

 

McGhee was tabbed the WSC Player of the Year as a junior and also earned Morning Journal Player of the Year honors in 2007-08. He averaged 16.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg and 6.0 bpg for the Rangers as a junior, while helping North Ridgeville to a WSC Conference title. McGhee is a two-time all-conference selection as well as a two-time all-county honoree. He is a three-year letterwinner for North Ridgeville, serving as team captain three seasons.

 

Roberts is an all-state selection and is a two-time first-team all-GMC selection. Last season, he also earned District 15 all-Underclassman First-Team distinction and was an all-Southwest pick. As a junior, Roberts averaged 15.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 3.2 apg while shooting 43.5 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from 3-point range. As a sophomore, Roberts averaged 15.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg while shooting 49.7 percent from the field and set Middletown's single-season record for free-throw percentage (.863). He is a three-year letterwinner for Middletown, serving as team captain for two seasons. He also has earned three letters in football (captain for two seasons) and two letters in track (captain for one season).

 

Williams earned honorable mention all-state recognition as a junior. He led Princeton High School to GMC and sectional titles in 2007-08. Williams, who averaged 12.6 ppg for the Vikings as a junior, was a first-team all-GMC selection in 2007-08. He is a four-year letterwinner for Princeton High School, serving as team captain for one season.

 

"With six seniors on our current roster, it was important to have a good recruiting class. Our assistant coaches deserve all the credit in assembling this incoming class," added Coles. "They did a wonderful job to be able to sell this program with the question marks that were surrounding me at the time. They just did a tremendous job. It was among one of the all-time greatest recruiting efforts, and we are so thrilled to have these five joining the Miami University men's basketball program."