June 5, 2012
FAYETTEVILE, N.C. - Fayetteville State men's basketball coach Alphonza Kee has said since his return to his alma mater that rebuilding the Broncos' program would be a process.
But that process has always had a fundamental point - the foundation of the Broncos would be established with young student-athletes, carefully recruited to establish a winning program with annual growth, maturity and consistent improvement.
With that in mind, the 2012 Broncos' recruiting class embodies those traits.
Fayetteville State will welcome four recruits this season, two of which have already spent a year on campus and within the program, practicing with the team as redshirts.
The Broncos, who will attempt to continue climbing the ladder of the CIAA Southern Division in Kee's fourth season at the helm, will feature more length and depth with its incoming class. Redshirt freshmen Tim Hobbs and Juwan Addison will step into the lineup in 2012-13 after a year of seasoning on the collegiate level, and will be joined by new recruits Louis Craft and Mike Theip.
Hobbs, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward, is a sophomore transfer from N.C. Central, and sat out last season after appearing in five games as a freshman with NCCU in 2010-11. He averaged 18 points per game, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in his senior season at Wayne Country Day High School. Hobbs was named to three all-conference and all-tournament teams during his high school career.
Addison, a 5-10, 165-pound guard, also redshirted with Hobbs a year after being named to North Carolina's 2-A All-State team as a senior at Fairmont High School. Addison averaged 16.6 ppg to go with five steals, four rebounds and three assists a game. He shot 54 percent from 3-point range his senior season in leading Fairmont to a 20-1 record and is a three-time All Three Rivers Conference selection.
The Broncos are also adding tremendous size with their newest players, including Thiep, a 7-foot freshman who was born in London, raised in Kenya and most recently played basketball at Concord Prep Academy in North Carolina. Thiep, who continues to show marked improvement in the early stages of his development with the game, averaged six points, five rebounds and two blocked shots a year ago at Concord Prep.
Also joining the class is Craft, a junior college transfer from Sandhills Community College in Southern Pines, N.C. Craft, a 6-10, 225-pound power forward, led Sandhills with 96 total blocked shots, ranking third in all of NJCAA Division-III, and in rebounds, with a total of 278. He added nine points and eight rebounds a game while shooting 52 percent from the field. Craft was a part of a Sandhills team that won the 2012 NJCAA Division-II National Championship.
Fayetteville State has reached the CIAA Tournament quarterfinals in each of the last two seasons under Kee, and will welcome back CIAA All-Tournament team member Tyrrel Tate (So., Raleigh, N.C.) and CIAA All-Rookie member Anthony Shelton (Fr., Cary, N.C.) to next season's team.