Thursday, April 28, 2016

Kentucky Wesleyan, Happy Osborne Add Three Players for 2016-17

Kentucky Wesleyan College and head coach Happy Osborne have added three players for the 2016-17 season.

KWC has signed Colton Elkins from Boyle County High School, Charles Foster from Division I East Carolina University and Shaquan Cantrall from Division II University of North Georgia.

Colton Elkins, Boyle County High School

Colton Elkins, the third all-time shot blocker in Kentucky high school history from Boyle County High School in Danville, has signed a national letter-of-intent to play basketball at eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College, according to Panther head coach Happy Osborne.

Elkins, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound, power forward, led the Rebels with 13.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 154 blocks and a 53.2 field goal percentage in starting all 27 games for head coach Steve Adams. He also was third in assists with 49 and steals with 24. He blocked a career-high 13 shots against Lexington Lafayette.

In 2016, he received honorable mention All-State recognition from the Lexington Herald-Leader, All-12th Region honors and chosen first team All-Area by The Advocate-Messenger. His teammates voted him the Most Valuable Player. Boyle County finished 15-12 with a trip to the 12th Region semifinals.

"We have recruited Colton relentlessly for the past two years," Osborne stated. "He's long and athletic with a 37-inch vertical jump and good hands. His uncanny ability to block shots inside will be a huge asset to us. With hard work, he can develop into a very good low post scorer. Colton's also an excellent student."

As a junior, Elkins led the team in blocks with 151 and field goal shooting at 54.0 percent. He finished second in rebounding at 7.0 while scoring 7.2 points in 31 games and 30 starts. He also had 34 assists and 21 steals. His postseason honors included selected All-Area and All-45th District.

The Rebels won the 12th Region Championship along to the 2015 state semifinals with a 28-7 record.

His sophomore season, he led with 95 blocks and produced a second-best 9.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and a 50.5 field goal percentage in 27 starts and 28 outings. He was second in assists with 44 and collected 15 steals. The Rebels finished 18-10 and earned a trip to the 12th Region semifinals.

He closed his four-year career with 893 points, a school record 419 blocked shots, 785 rebounds, 134 assists and 64 steals and in 110 games and 84 starts.

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Charles Foster, East Carolina University

East Carolina University point guard Charles Foster, a former 2012 Louisville Courier-Journal All-State first team selection, will transfer to eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College for his senior season in 2016-17, according to Panther head coach Happy Osborne.

Foster, a 6-foot, 160-pounder from Louisville Trinity High School, played 21 contests for East Carolina last season where he averaged 2.2 points as a junior.

Prior to ECU, Foster played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Vincennes University.

He was the Trailblazers second leading scorer at 14.4 points as a sophomore. Foster also was second in assists with 182 (5.4 average), steals with 22, three-pointers with 61, three-point shooting at 41.5 percent and free throw shooting at 76.6 percent in starting 31 of 34 contests played.

As a freshman, he was the third leading scorer at 12.2 points where he led the team in three-pointers with 68 and three-point shooting at 42.2 percent plus handed out 114 assists in starting nine of 37 games played. The Trailblazers went to the NJCAA semifinals with a 34-3 record.

His career averages were 13.3 points, 42 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 71 games and connected on 41.9 percent of his three-point attempts.

"Charles can play the point and the shooting guard spots with a lot of savvy," Osborne stated. "I expect him to be one of the top defenders and quickest in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. He has been well-coached and prepared by Jeff Lebo at East Carolina, Todd Franklin at Vincennes and Mike Szabo at Trinity."

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Shaquan Cantrell, North Georgia

University of North Georgia's Shaquan Cantrell will transfer to eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College for his junior season in 2016-17, according to Panther head coach Happy Osborne.

Cantrell, a 6-foot-4, 198-pound, guard from Gainesville, Ga. (Gainesville HS), sat out this past season as a medical redshirt.

He led the NCAA Division II Nighthawks in scoring with 13.2 points, 42.9 three-point percentage and minutes played with 28.4 per contest as a sophomore in starting 25 of 26 games played in 2014-15. Cantrell pulled down a second-best 5.6 rebounds while shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 67.8 percent from the free throw line. He collected 29 assists, 17 steals and seven blocks.
v As a freshman, Cantrell averaged 8.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 23.9 minutes in 26 contests and eight starts. He shot 43.5 percent from the field, 23.1 percent from three-point territory and 69.0 percent from the free throw line.

He twice earned the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll Presidential Scholar Award.

"Shaquan brings a very strong degree of maturity to us on and off the court which is key for next year's team leadership," Osborne stated. "He's long and athletic plus very good off the bounce.

"I expect him to have an immediate impact on our team. He played in a very good conference, the Peach Belt, where his numbers were similar to Jordan Jacks when he played in the same league and he became a first-team All-Great Midwest Athletic Conference honor for us this past season.

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