WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW men's basketball head coach Kevin Keatts cast a wide net on the recruiting trail this fall and made an impressive haul that he believes will put his UNCW Seahawks on a strong foundation for years to come.
Keatts, who carries his first Seahawk team to Old Dominion for the 2014-15 season opener on Saturday, announced the inking of four players to 2015-16 National Letters of Intent on the first day of the fall signing period Wednesday.
The quartet includes: CJ Bryce, a 6-5, 180-guard from North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, N.C.; Devontae Cacok, a 6-7, 210-pound forward from Alpharetta High School in Riverdale, Ga.; Trey Grundy, a 6-6, 210-pound forward from Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) and Lexington, Ky.; and Mark Matthews, a 6-6, 210-pound guard from Fort Myers High School in Fort Myers, Fla.
“This is a well-balanced class that's very talented and loaded with great potential,” said Keatts. “They're a highly-skilled group that fits our up-tempo style of play. We're counting on all four guys to make an immediate impact. My staff did a terrific job helping us bring in this special class.”
CJ Bryce, 6-5, 180, Guard, North Mecklenburg High School, Huntersville, N.C.
Versatile combo guard…Averaged 20.0 points and 8.0 rebounds for Vikings in junior season…All-Tournament selection at Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champion …Rated No. 8 overall senior by Phenom Hoops Report…Played for Coach Duane Lewis…Led Vikings to 23-5 record in 2014-14, including upset win against Hough in the MECKA 4A tournament championship game…Received 30 scholarship offers, including UNC Charlotte, Wichita State, Marshall and College of Charleston.
Keatts says: “CJ is extremely talented. He's skilled, athletic, has great size for a combo guard and is very competitive. He really understands how to play the game. His ability to create for himself and others will make him a special player at UNCW.”
Devontae Cacok, 6-7, 210, Forward, Alpharetta High School, Riverdale, Ga.
Athletic forward who is concluding career at Alpharetta HS after transferring from Drew HS…Averaged 20.0 points and 13.0 rebounds for Cougars in junior year…Coached by Frederick Hurt…Selected to play in Georgia All-Star Game as junior.
Keatts says: “Devontae fits our style of play extremely well. One of my goals was to improve the athleticism of our team going forward and that's exactly what he brings to the table. Devontae is a terrific young man with a great attitude that our fans will love to support.”
Trey Grundy, 6-6, 210, Forward, Henry Clay HS/Hargrave Military Academy, Lexington, Ky.
Attending Hargrave Military Academy after three seasons at Henry Clay High School...Played for former Kevin Keatts aide A.W. Hamilton at Hargrave Military Academy…Made Kentucky All-Star Game as junior…Started for Hargrave and averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists…Graduated last May, but is attending Hargrave for post-graduate year.
Keatts says: “Trey is someone I've known for several years. I recruited him at Louisville and knew he would be perfect for our system here at UNCW. He's an extremely versatile player who comes to us after playing for one of the premier coaches in prep school basketball in A.W. Hamilton. The addition of Trey sticks with our theme of adding guys in this 2015 class that can play and guard multiple positions.”
Mark Matthews, 6-6, 210, Guard, Fort Myers High School, Fort Myers, Fla.
Had scholarship offers from 16 schools…Averaged 21.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in junior season for Green Wave…Played for Coach Scott Guttery…Has played in 56 games during sophomore and junior campaigns, averaging 19.1 points, 8.1 rebounds…Has scored 1,370 points in three seasons, connecting on 48 percent from the field and 81 percent at the charity stripe…Captured 7A Player-of-the-Year honors as junior…Received offers from George Mason, Northeastern, Richmond, Elon and William & Mary.
Keatts says: “Mark was the first guy to commit to us in this class and got the ball rolling. He has a great work ethic and attitude. Mark's a good shooter with great size and a feel for the game. He has bought into the UNCW tradition and we're very happy to have Mark become a Seahawk.”
2015-16 UNCW Men's Basketball Recruits
Name Ht. Wt. Pos. High School Hometown
CJ Bryce 6-5 180 G North Mecklenburg Huntersville, N.C.
Devontae Cacok 6-7 210 F Alpharetta Riverdale, Ga.
Trey Grundy 6-6 210 F Hargrave Military Lexington, Ky.
Mark Matthews 6-6 210 G Fort Myers Fort Myers, Fla.