LMC locks down recruiting class

BANNER ELK — Lees-McRae Basketball will have three incoming freshman for the 2015-16 season and hope to build on the best season in school history.

Marcus Anderson, Trey Hall and Jack Frank are all signed up and ready to go for their freshman seasons in the Bobcat program.

Former Ashe County standout player and coach Daniel Waln is an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Bobcats and he helped bring in a tough, athletic class for head coach Steve Hardin.

Anderson, a 6-6 forward from Norfolk, Virginia averaged 13 points, 12 rebounds four assists and two blocks per game while helping lead his team, Norfolk Collegiate, to the semifinals of the state tournament.

“Marcus is a perfect fit for our FIRE system program in every way. He is terrific in the classroom and has a great family. Anderson is an extremely athletic forward and has the potential to give the Dunk Mountain crowds above the rim action,” said Hardin. “Anderson is a team first guy that played for a great high school program. Marcus is a winner and has a Blake Griffin type of game. We are proud to have him as a Bobcat.”

Hall comes to Banner Elk from Apopka High School in Orlando, Florida. The 6-7 forward plays a tremendous all-around game as he led his team and district in scoring (21 PPG) rebounding (10 RPG) and blocked shots (3 BPG).

“We as a coaching staff and programs are excited about Trey. He is a long athletic wing that can play multiple positions and fits perfectly into the FIRE system. Hall can score in a variety of ways as he shoots extremely well and has great athleticism,” Coach Hardin said. “Trey has been committed to us since November, so I have seen firsthand how he is a trustworthy kid and great teammate. I am proud to have Hall in the Dunk Mountain family.”

Frank, The final member of the recruiting class, comes to Lees-McRae from Steinbrenner High School in Tampa, Florida. The 6-8 center will be a floor-stretching big man as he is very capable of shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Frank averaged 15 points, 10 boards and three blocks per game.

“Frank fits into our system as he can step out and shoot the three, rebound, screen, attack the basket and defend. He has a great family and was well-coached in high school and AAU as he played with Trey Hall. We know Frank will do whatever is asked of him and I am excited to add him,” said Hardin.

Last season, the Bobcats finished 15-13 overall and 10-10 in Conference Carolinas. It was also the winningest season in school history.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

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