Men's Basketball Inks Seven in Recruiting Class

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After reaching the A.I.I. Tournament Finals last season, Ohio Dominican University's men's basketball team has signed seven players to join the roster for the 2010-11 campaign, head coach Artie Taylor announced today.

Incoming freshmen Brandon Carr (Winchester, Ill.), Don Kellum (Chicago, Ill.), Zack Joseph (Lewis Center, Ohio) and Harry Pruitt (Indianapolis, Ind.) will be joined by a trio of transfers in Kip Kelley (Raleigh, N.C.), Jake Mochoskay (Mansfield, Ohio) and Eddie Hayden (Columbus, Ohio) as the Panthers enter their first season playing a GLIAC schedule.

"I am really excited about our recruiting class this year," said Taylor, who enters his fourth year directing ODU. "With these seven guys, we went after traits such as having a high motor and high character. We also looked at guys who took value in their work ethic and in the class room. I realized from the time we spent with them during the recruiting process and listening to what was important to them that a family concept will be involved in their college and basketball experience."

With three post players, three guards and a forward signed, the incoming players add talent and depth across the entire roster.

"This class will add immediate contributions to this team in all facets, and I have to thank my assistant coaches for their hard work putting this class together," Taylor said. "I believe competition is a must in our development throughout the course of the season and we will have that. We are excited about these seven guys and they are the focus of what we're doing."

2010-11 Ohio Dominican Men's Basketball Recruiting Class

Name

Yr.

Pos.

Ht.

Hometown/High School (Prev. School)

Brandon Carr

Fr.

Guard

6-2

Winchester, Ill./St. Joseph 

Eddie Hayden

Sr.

Post

6-7

Columbus, Ohio/Weirton (W. Va.) (Coppin State) 

Zack Joseph

Fr.

Guard

5-10

Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange 

Kip Kelley

Jr.

Guard

5-11

Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek (Lander University) 

Don Kellum

Fr.

Post

6-6

Chicago, Ill./Harlan Community Academy 

Jake Mochoskay 

Jr.

Forward

6-6

Mansfield, Ohio/Ontario (Lander University) 

Harry Pruitt

Fr.

Post

6-8

Indianapolis, Ind./Arlington

The following is a breakdown of the newcomers:

Brandon Carr
6-2, 185 lbs
Guard
Winchester, Ill./St. Joseph
Parents: David and Sonia Carr

 Under the guidance of legendary coach Gene Pingatore at St. Joseph, Carr averaged 14 points per game, along with four rebounds and three steals per game as a senior. He earned defensive player of the year honors as well as being selected to the all-conference team.

"We are excited about Brandon joining our family," Taylor said. "Brandon brings the ability to play at both ends of the floor at a 'smooth', high capacity. Not only is he a well-rounded player, but more importantly, he's a well-rounded young man from a great family. At a young age, he has already developed a passion to giving back by volunteering and helping others. We look forward to working with him these next four years and watching how he will have an impact on the lives of many."

 Eddie Hayden
6-7, 220 lbs
Post
Columbus, Ohio/Weirton (W. Va.)/Coppin State
Parents: Eddie Gallison and Dawn Hayden
 
Hayden played his high school basketball under the leadership of Mike Granato and averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds per game. He earned first team all state honors while grabbing the most rebounds in a season in the state of West Virginia. Hayden was also a McDonald's All American nominee and team MVP. He went on to play three seasons at Coppin State University where he played in 84 games, making 34 starts, during his career with the Eagles 
 
"We are thrilled Eddie chose ODU to finish out his career," Taylor said. "He brings a lot of energy and emotion to this team. He is an instant leader, vocally and productively. This is his last stop and he has already shown his commitment to this team. He is highly skilled and we look forward to working with him and seeing how he grows with the rest of the team."
 
Zack Joseph
5-10, 165 lbs
Point Guard
Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange
Parents: Chris and Kelly Joseph
 
Joseph played his first two years of high school basketball for coach Kevin Weakley at Worthington Christian, where he helped lead the Warriors to the OHSAA state championship game. He then moved to Olentangy Orange, starting a brand new program under the leadership of coach John Betz. Joseph scored over 1,000 points in two seasons and graduated as the all-time scoring leader at Orange. He was also named first team All-Ohio, first team all-conference and Division II Player of The Year in central Ohio.
 
"We are eager about what we have gained by Zack joining our family," Taylor said. "Zack was one of the guys we knew we had to have in our program from day one. His statistics and accolades only tell half of what he is bringing to us. Zack's ability to lead through his work ethic on and off the court will be huge for our program's continued growth."

Kip Kelley
5-11, 170 lbs
Guard
Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek (Lander University)
Parents: Gregg and Pegg Kelley

Kelley played his high school basketball for David Kushner where he averaged 14 points and five assists per game and currently holds both career and single season school records in assists, three point field goals made and free throw percentage. He was also a McDonald's All American nominee. Kelley is transferring to ODU from Lander University, where he was a team captain last season, received the team's academic award and was a member of the conference All Academic Team.
 
"Kip is a great asset for our growing program," Taylor said. "Kip brings us experience, leadership and hunger. He's a great young man who is determined to get a group of guys behind him to prepare and play the game the right way. Kip has worked hard to put himself in a good situation and I can't wait to start working with him."
 
Don Kellum
6-6, 200 lbs
Post
Chicago, Ill./Harlan Community Academy
Parents: Dondricas Kellum Sr. and Raquel White
 
Kellum averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds per game this past season playing for Ervin Bryant at Harlan Community Academy. He gained MVP honors for his high school team in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Following his senior year, Kellum was named to the all-conference team and also earned honorable mention all-city accolades.
 
"Don is a very explosive player that never plays in cruise control," Taylor said. "He works hard, always pushing the envelope with his intensity, determined to outwork everyone on the floor. We can't wait to see Don shatter the ceiling in reaching his potential. He will do it because of his work ethic and determination to be successful."
 
Jake Mochoskay
6-6, 210 lbs
Forward
Mansfield, Ohio/Ontario (Lander University)
Parents: Bart Mochoskay and Brenda Schnittke
 
Mochoskay played his high school basketball for coach Joe Balogg and averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game his senior season he. For his efforts, he received special mention All Ohio honors. Mochoskay played two seasons at Lander University, where he was on the dean's list and a member of the Peach Belt Conference All Academic Team.
 
"Jake is a joy to bring on to the team," Taylor said. "He has committed himself to our direction and vision of this team from day one. He brings versatility at the forward position. Jake's rounded game makes him a threat down low and on the perimeter."

Harry Pruitt
6-8, 240 lbs
Post
Indianapolis, Ind./Arlington
Mother: Stephanie Powell

Pruitt played his high school basketball for head coach Larry Nicks. He was a key contributor for his high school team, producing nearly 12 points and eight rebounds per game before a heart condition sidelined him for nearly his entire senior season. Pruitt finished out the last few games with the team and looks to push forward with his career now that he is healthy.

 "I am really pleased to have Harry join our program," Taylor said. "Harry is a fighter and a believer. His passion, resiliency and faith is something I know everyone in our program and community will benefit from. He has been through a lot just to get here, but he consistently continues to preach positive, encouraging words no matter the circumstance. Who doesn't want to be around that every day? We look forward to working with him as a player and a leader."

Contact: Scott Miles
miless@ohiodominican.edu