New Fairmont State Men's Basketball Coach Jerrod Calhoun has wasted no time in building the Falcon team he wants to begin his career with. Calhoun recently added a seventh and eighth player to his first recruiting class and 2012-2013 roster.
The seventh addition to the FSU basketball team is Malik Stith. He is a transfer from St. John's University and will have one season of eligibility to use at Fairmont State.
"We're thrilled to welcome Malik into our basketball family," Calhoun said in an official Fairmont State press release. "We needed a true point guard with the ability to come in and lead our team. We needed a floor general who can make an impact on both ends of the floor, and I think we have that with Malik on board now."
"He's tough," Calhoun said. "He's fearless. He wants to guard the other team's best perimeter player. Offensively, he can do a lot of things too. He can really pass the ball, and he can make shots from the perimeter. He makes other players better.
"The best thing about Malik is he brings us so much experience having played a lot of minutes in the best league in college basketball," continued Calhoun "He's played in a lot of big games, and played against a lot of tough opponents. He told me he wants to win a championship. He'll fit right in with our guys."
The eighth player to become a Falcon is Tommy Scales. Scales played at Richmond Heights in Ohio and comes to FSU signed to a grant-in-aid. The incoming freshman is a 6'8" forward and his high school team went 24-2 this past season. In his senior campaign, Scales averaged 10 points a game.
"We're excited that Tommy has decided to join our program," said Calhoun. "He gives us some more size, which is something we obviously need. We expect him to come in, work his tail off, and compete for playing time right away.
"He's very active," continued Calhoun. "He plays extremely hard. He'll make an impact for us on the defensive end, and especially on the glass. Offensively, his best basketball is ahead of him but he'll be successful early because of his work ethic and how hard he plays."
"When I got the job, Tommy was a guy we targeted in recruiting because of his size, his character and his upside," said Calhoun. "He has tremendous upside. He's just going to keep improving as a basketball player and we're thrilled to have him."
Calhoun is excited about his eight signees.
"I love our class," he said. "We still need one more player, but I'm thrilled with the players we've been able to bring in so far. They're all high-character kids, great guys to be around."
Stith and Scales join Stevie Browning, Trevor Evans, Ke'Chaun Lewis, Joey Vuyancih, Chase Morgan and Brendan Cooper as members of Calhoun's first recruiting class.