New Fairmont State Men's Basketball Coach Jerrod Calhoun is continuing to assemble a very impressive recruiting class in his first year in Fairmont, before his first season as the Falcons' leader begins.
Calhoun has announced the signing of another recruit. Isaiah Hill is a 6'9" forward from Aylett, Va. He will transfer from Mountain State University in Beckley to play at FSU. Hill will have one year of eligibility with the Falcons.
"This is a huge addition to our program. Isaiah is the missing piece to our recruiting class. He's not only a great player, but an exceptional person who will have a positive impact on Fairmont State both on and off the court," said Coach Calhoun.
Last season, Hill averaged more than 13 points and nine rebounds per game. He helped Mountain State, an NAIA school, to an appearance in the Division I Final Four.
"He can score inside and out. He's very skilled, but also a great athlete. He really attacks the ball on the glass. He's just relentless at both ends," said Coach Calhoun.
Before his success at Mountain State, Hill was a star at Hagerstown Community College in Maryland. Hill spent two seasons there and in his first year averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds. In the second yet, Hill's stats were up to 18 points and 14 rebounds.
"He's played at some very successful programs, having been at Hagerstown and then Mountain State. He played for Bob Bolen at Mountain State, who has won more games than any other college coach in the state of West Virginia. I've known Coach Bolen for a long time, and he raved about Isaiah as a person and a player. We know Isaiah is used to winning, and used to success. That's another thing that we love about him," said Coach Calhoun.
Hill was named to the NAIA Division I All-American Third Team after the 2011-2012 season. He is Coach Calhoun's ninth signee since the former West Virginia University assistant coach was hired at Fairmont State in April.
"We're pleased with our recruiting efforts, especially getting a late start since I was just hired in April. My staff and I have worked tirelessly recruiting. Players are the lifeblood of any college program, and I like the direction we're headed in. We've signed a lot of guys, all of whom are good players and good kids," said Coach Calhoun.