CofC signs 3 in recruiting class

CofC signs 3 in recruiting class

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston men’s basketball program inked two top recruits on National Signing Day and added another on Thursday.

The Cougars signed 6-foot-4, 175-pound guard Kanye (pronounced CONN-YAY) Jones out of Windermere High School in Orlando, Fla., as well as 6-foot-6, 200-pound forward Raekwon (pronounced RAY-KWON) Horton out of Vermont Academy, who is a Palmetto State native originally from Santee, S.C. Then added 6-foot-5, 175-pound guard Michael Dudley to its 2021-22 signing class.

“We are excited to welcome Kanye and Raekwon to the College of Charleston next season,” Head Coach Earl Grant said. “Both players will be great additions to our program.”

“Michael Dudley is a gifted athlete,” Grant said. “He will add great speed and athleticism to our backcourt. He plays with a lot of energy and is consistently making winning plays. He has a knack for slashing and getting to the basket. He is a great addition to our program.”

Jones was the No. 25-rated player in the state of Florida and continues CofC’s pipeline of signing talent from the Orlando area including two of the program’s all-time greats in Joe Chealey (Apopka High School) and Grant Riller (Ocoee High School). Last season, he averaged 19.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for Windermere High School under Head Coach Mark Griseck. Jones also played summer ball for CP25 coached by Anthony Ricks and Darrin Wallace.

“Kanye Jones is a big, physical scoring guard,” Grant said. “He has great ball skills which will allow him to play on-and-off the ball. He is wired to score and does it at all three levels. He has the size and athleticism to be a great defensive player as well.”

Horton was the No. 8-rated player in the state of South Carolina by Phenom Hoop Report. A two-time state champion at W.J. Keenan High School playing for Head Coach Zach Norris in Columbia, S.C., he averaged 21.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Horton also played summer ball for UA Team Curry coached by Sim Frazier and Upward Stars coached by Curtis Wheeler. He currently attends prep school at Vermont Academy playing for Head Coach Alex Popp in Rockingham, Vt.

“Raekwon Horton is a very skilled combo forward,” Grant said. “With his combination of size and skill, he will add great versatility to our roster. He shoots the ball really well and has the ability to attack the basketball. He has a knack for rebounding and is extremely physical.”

Originally from Newport News, Va., Dudley currently attends prep school and is coached by former North Carolina point guard and NBA player Jeff McInnis at Combine Academy in Lincolnton, N.C. He previously played basketball and attended Union Faith Christian Academy and East Mecklenburg High School both in Charlotte, N.C. His last two seasons, he averaged 17 points, six rebounds and three steals per game.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT JONES

“Kanye Jones is an elite scorer who can get points in a variety of ways. His ability to score the basketball and defend at a high level will give him a chance to contribute right away. As a person, he is committed to being the best he can be on the court, in the classroom and in the community. I am extremely happy to see all of his hard work pay off and excited for the next chapter of his career as a student-athlete at the College of Charleston.” – Windermere High School Head Coach Mark Griseck

“College of Charleston is getting one of the nation’s hardest-working players in Kanye Jones. He is soft spoken, yet assertive. Kanye is greatly gifted with a high level IQ. And most importantly, he has the ‘winner’ trait making him a perfect fit for a program, which stresses the importance of that virtue.” – Scott Golden of Hoop Exchange Florida

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT HORTON

“Raekwon Horton checks off every single box as a men’s basketball student-athlete. He is the type of athlete, who you love having as your teammate, but hate having as your opponent. Rae brings versatility, authentic leadership, hustle and skill to the table on a uniquely consistent basis. Defensively, he can successfully guard all five positions at the prep school level. Offensively, he brings an extremely impressive blend of toughness and basketball IQ. He is the best offensive rebounder I’ve ever coached – and above all – he makes winning plays in the biggest moments for his team. It’s been a privilege and an honor to work with Raekwon and his family. I am elated to know he is in good hands at the College of Charleston next year.” – Vermont Academy Head Coach Alex Popp

“(Raekwon) Horton is a big wing who is going to be capable of playing multiple positions at the next level. He plays with an attacking mentality, puts immediate pressure on opposing defenses, and is especially good in the open floor. From everything I’ve seen, I would fully expect him to be able to make an immediate impact in the CAA.” – Adam Finkelstein of the New England Scouting Service

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT DUDLEY

“Mike is a big and tough, physical guard who loves to play defense, but has a great all-around game. He can get to the hoop and make the 3-point shot.” – Combine Academy Head Coach Jeff McInnis