Men’s College Basketball
Broncs Sign Four
LAWRENCEVILLE-Rider University basketball coach Kevin Baggett has announced the addition of four recruits for the 2013-14 season.
Kahlil Thomas of Lauderhill, Florida, Jimmie Taylor of Suwannee, Florida, Xavier Lundy of Paulsboro, NJ and Brandon Channer of Tampa, Florida have signed national letters of intent to further their educations and basketball careers at Rider.
Thomas is a 6’7” power forward at Blanche Ely High School, where he earned First Team All-Broward County and Second Team All-State (7A) honors. Ranked among the top 20 players in Florida by FloridaHoops.com, Thomas took part in the ESPN High School National Invitational his junior and senior years.
“Kahlil Thomas is an athletic ‘four- man’ who is a tireless worker who will bring defense, toughness and the willingness to be great,” said Baggett, who led Rider to 19 victories and a second place finish in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 2013. “He will be an impact player right away.”
Taylor is a 6’3” guard at Suwannee High School, where he earned First Team All-State (5A) and All-Suwannee County honors, averaging 24 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. His scoring average was second in Florida 5A.
“I am really excited to have Jimmie Taylor in our program,” said Baggett, who was a finalist for both the Joe B. Hall Award (Rookie Head Coach of the Year) and the Ben Jobe Award (Minority head Coach of the Year) in 2013. “We are really committed to being an ‘up and down the court’ team and Jimmie will do a great job setting the tone. Our players are really going to enjoy playing along side of him, because he will make sure he gets the ball to them at the right time and right place.”
Lundy is a 6’6” forward at Paulsboro High School, where he scored 2,135 career points. Twice the South Jersey Player of the Year, Lundy led his team to a 57-4 record over the last two years and a pair of South Jersey Group I Championships. Lundy averaged 22 points per game as a junior and 18 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior.
“Xavier Lundy is a product of South Jersey who we are excited to have in our program,” said Baggett, who led Rider to its first national postseason tournament victory (CIT) since 1957. “Xavier is another versatile player who will be able to play a number of different positions for us. He was a prolific scorer in high school who we are counting on to continue that on the collegiate level.”
Channer is a 6’3” guard from Faith Baptist Christian High School in Brandon, Florida. As a senior at Strawberry Crest High School in Tampa he earned Second Team All-State (6A) honors, averaging 18.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
“Brandon Channer is a tough, rugged wing player who will compete for time early because of his ability to be able to do a lot of things on both ends of the court,” said Baggett, who returns three starters and seven other letterwinners. “He too will bring toughness and a mindset that he is willing to do whatever it takes to help his team win.”