CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern and head coach Barclay Radebaugh announced the addition of sharpshooting forward Travis McConico to the Bucs' 2017 recruiting class on Wednesday. McConico will enroll at CSU as a junior following a decorated two-year career at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
McConico averaged 19.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last year en route to earning First Team All-Mid-Florida Conference honors. He was one of the best three-point shooters in the nation at the junior college level, burying 93 triples – almost 3.5 per game – at a 42 percent clip. McConico garnered Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) All-Region Eight honors after ranking eighth in the region in both scoring and rebounding. He finished his career as FSCJ's all-time leader in three-point field goals.
McConico joins a recruiting class that also features guards Deontaye Buskey and Phlandrous Fleming and forward Ty Jones. All four are dynamic players that will arrive at CSU off the best years of their respective careers.
CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh is eagerly looking forward to working with McConico and the incoming class.
"Travis is a tremendous addition to an already exciting recruiting class," Radebaugh said. "Travis has an uncanny ability to shoot the ball from distance. His outstanding shooting is a product of a tremendous work ethic. We are at our best when we can space the floor."
"I have been incredibly impressed with the work ethic of our returning forwards this spring and the addition of Travis will certainly bolster that group," Radebaugh continued. "Travis was extremely well-coached at FSCJ by Coach Orr. His ability to develop players has benefited Travis greatly. Travis has great character and will be an outstanding addition to our CSU family."
CSU's three November signees also posted banner 2016-17 seasons.
Buskey, an explosive guard out of Daphne, Alabama, was the Costal Alabama 6A Player of the Year after piloting Daphne High School to a 30-4 record. He averaged 17.5 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals per game to earn all-county, all-region and second-team all-state honors.
Fleming recorded perhaps the best year of the group, as he was named Georgia Class 5A Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The 6-4 wing powered Cedar Shoals High School to an appearance in the state championship game after averaging 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals per game. He was also named Class 5A Player of the Year by HoopSeen.
Jones wrapped up an illustrious career at Mississippi's Pontotoc High School with 2,092 points and 908 rebounds. He was recently ranked the tenth-best player in the state by Mississippi Hoops Report. Jones was named the offensive MVP of his conference after tallying averages of 25.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
Radebaugh recognized the efforts of associate head coach BJ McKie, assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator Ahmad Smith and assistant coach Joey Murdock in securing the commitments.
"As always, I am so thankful for our staff," Radebaugh said. "Our assistant coaches work extremely well together as a unit. BJ, Ahmad, Joey, Tee (Butters) and Colton (Everett) are the best. Their ability to recruit at a high level while juggling so many other responsibilities amazes me. I am thankful to have them as a big part of our program."
F – 6-6, 200 – Jacksonville, Fla. – Sandalwood HS (Florida State College at Jacksonville)
2016-17 Statistics: 19.2 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 42% 3-PT FG (93 makes), 45% FG, 83% FT
Neil Orr (Florida State College Head Coach) on McConico: "Travis is the best all-around basketball person we've had here at FSCJ in our ten years. He's a great kid, loves to play, is the hardest working player you'll find and a 3.0 student. His best basketball is ahead of him. Although a great shooter, his best attribute is his ability to out-work all his teammates in practice. He did it every day for two years and never took a day off."
Brendan Walker (JucoRecruiting.com) on McConico: "Travis was one of the best shooters in all of junior college basketball this year. He has a pure release and with his size, he is able to knock down shots over any defender he faces. He is a versatile wing that can play multiple positions and create mismatches. McConico is a great pick-up for Charleston Southern. He has the chance to contribute right away and make a huge impact.