Monarchs Sign Four Cagers
By ODU Athletics
Nov. 9, 2011
NORFOLK, VA--Old Dominion University Head Basketball coach Blaine Taylor announced four standout recruits who will be joining the Monarch basketball family after signing National Letters of intent today. They are: 6-1 guard Keenan Palmore (Atlanta, GA.), 6-9 post player, Ekene Anachebe (Fayette County, GA.), 6-3 guard Deion Clark (Naples, FL.) and 6-5 Aaron Bacote (Hampton, VA.).
"You hope in the recruiting process to have a thorough and productive search for the right fit. I couldn't be happier with the fit that we have arrived at. Very good players, good people, good students and young people that fit our program and it's aspirations. The group includes a prototypical point guard, a pair of very versatile perimeter players and an exciting post player. When all is done, you really look at the fun and rewarding experience you will get from these young men enriching their own lives while they enrich all of us in the future."
Keenan Palmore averaged 20.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.5 assists per game for coach Jo Jo Cadray of Paideia School in Atlanta, GA. Palmore led Team Georgia Elite 17-under squad to the Southern Shootout title and was named tournament MVP as he averaged 19 points per game in the event. His mother, Debra Miller Palmore was a standout basketball player at Boston University. She was selected to the U.S. Olympic team in 1980.
Taylor on Palmore " Personified our recruiting class in that we identified what we wanted, who we wanted and were fortunately enough to have things fall into place. He fits the description of a point guard. He understands the game, plays very unselfishly, and can really defend his position. "
Ekene Anachebe averaged 11 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.1 blocked shots per game last year for Fayette County High School and head coach Andre Flynn in Georgia. He helped lead the squad to a 30-3 record and advanced to the 4A state semi-finals.
Taylor on Anachebe "Ekene is an eye-opening young man to meet and greet . He comes from a very nice family, carries himself very politely and yet possesses a physical make-up that has tremendous potential. We are very much looking forward to developing Ekene in every respect.
Aaron Bacote, a 6-5 wing who averaged 15.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for head coach Craig Brehon and Bethel High School. Bacote shot 83 percent from the free throw line and 51 percent from the floor. He had seven games of at least 20 points, including a 32 point effort against Atlantic Shores. He also scored 24 points in a two-point loss to Oscar Smith in the Eastern Region Tournament.
Taylor on Bacote "We have for years been looking for the right guy to come out of Craig Brehons program at Bethel to add to our program. Aaron was perfect. Hard nosed, and a good defender. Winning comes first and of course a tremendous student and ambassador for academics and the game of basketball."
Deon Clark, a 6-4 shooting guard for Barron Collier High School in Naples Fl. Was the Daily News Player Of the Year. Clark averaged 22.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game and was selected to the Class 4A All-State squad. Clark started for a Florida elite team that won the USSA national championship. He scored a career high 40 points in the district semifinals and averaged 30 points a game in both the District and regional playoffs as Barron Collier compiled a 24-6 record.
Taylor on Clark "Deon fits with this group like bread and butter. His versatility is going to be so valuable in regards to making many different combinations of players productive. He can play all over the court positionally, and play in all areas of the court productively. Every chance he has had to step up in competition he has flourished. All-in-all his future is very bright. "
"This group is going to have the luxury of adding to our program at a time when numerous players in recent years have graduated, which opens the door for an exciting opportunity to contribute. Additionally we are going to go on a foreign tour in August which will help blend this group with our returning players in preparation for next season."