EAST GREENSBORO –North Carolina A&T men’s basketball has completed its recruiting class for the 2019-20 season as they try to follow up on their second-place showing in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) from the 2018-19 season.
N.C. A&T head coach Jay Joyner announced the addition of six new players to wear the Blue & Gold next season.
Brandon Barron (5-foot-10, 145, PG, Atlanta, Alpharetta), Fred Cleveland (5-10, 155, G, Chicago, Ill., Lea Catholic), Tyler Maye(6-2, 170, G, Farmville, N.C., Farmville Central, Southeastern Community College, VCU), Harry Morrice (6-11, C, Scotland, United Kingdom, Beckley Prep), Kwe Parker (6-0, 190, G, 6-0, 181, Fayetteville, N.C., Wesleyan Christian Academy, University of Tennessee) and Shayne Scruggs (6-7, 230, Lansing, Mich., Liberty Heights Athletic Institute) are the newest additions to the Aggies family.
“I am always a believer of judging how effective a class is once they start competing,” said Joyner. “I will say we did a good job of filling all of our needs. We should have the perimeter shooting we need to be effective and at the same time, we look forward to having the muscle we need to score inside. If these young men come in and embrace our defensive philosophy, we can be successful.”
Barron was freshman of the year at his high school in 2016. By his senior season, he was a team captain. Going into the 2018-19 season, Barron was named preseason first-team All-State. He was a first-team All-Region and second-team All-State by season’s end after averaging 18.0 points. He led Alpharetta High School to 25 wins as a senior.
Cleveland is an outstanding shooter who will be a combo guard at N.C. A&T. He averaged 21.0 points and 6.0 assists per game as he earned All-State honors from the Associated Press and the Basketball Coaches Association. The Chicago
Maye is one of two Division I transfers in the class. While at Farmville Central HS, he led the Jaguars to a 28-0 record and a Class 2A championship in 2015-16 as a junior earning MVP honors. During his junior season, he averaged 25.0 points per game. As a senior, he averaged 36.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Following his senior season, the Associated Press named him first-team All-State.
Morrice provides the Aggies an international standout while also providing a defensive force in the paint. He played on the Scotland national team and as a prep star, he averaged 16.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game. He plans to major in mechanical engineering at N.C. A&T.
Parker was one of the most highly sought-after high school recruits coming out of High Point Wesleyan Christian thanks to his talent and his amazing dunks on YouTube. Led Wesleyan Christian to a 20-9 record and state quarterfinal appearance as a senior in 2015-16. In 2015, Parker won the Edison National Bank Slam Dunk Championship in Fort Myers, Fla. As a junior in 2014-15, made the NCPreps.com NCISAA All-State team after averaging 14.0 points per game before sustaining a season-ending foot injury in February.
Scruggs will provide a little more muscle and rebounding ability for the Aggies. Scruggs averaged 12.0 points and 10.0 rebounds for Liberty Heights.
The Aggies return seven lettermen from last season including point guard Kameron Langley who broke the school’s single-season assists record in 2018-19. In addition to their recruiting class, the Aggies had two players sitting out in Devin Haygood and Elijah Joyner.
N.C. A&T went 19-13 overall and 13-3 in the MEAC last season earning the No. 2 seed at the MEAC tournament where they lost in the semifinals to N.C. Central. It was the Aggies highest seeding since the 1991-92 season.