Grant Adds Three More Impact Players To Signing Class
CHARLESTON, S.C. – College of Charleston Head Coach Earl Grant has added three more impact players to his four-member incoming freshman signing class for the upcoming 2016-17 season.
Brevin Galloway, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard out of Seneca High School in Seneca, S.C., Jaylen McManus (pronounced JAY-lynn), a 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward out of North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, N.C., and Osinachi Smart (pronounced OH-sin-AHH-chi), a 6-foot-8, 240-pound combination center/forward from Umuahia, Nigeria, by way of New Garden Friends School in Greensboro, N.C., will join early fall signee Chevez Goodwin, a 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward out of Hammond School in Columbia, S.C.
A three-star recruit ranked as high as No. 4 in the state of South Carolina, Galloway set a school single-season record with 81 three-pointers in 21 games, while previously playing for T.L. Hanna High School in his hometown of Anderson, S.C. He is a three-time all-state, three-time all-region and three-time all-area first team selection and tallied 1,000 career points at Seneca High School under head coach Kevin Padgett. The Bobcats posted a 24-3 overall record and advanced to the final four of the state playoffs. He averaged 20 points, six rebounds and five assists per game as a senior.
Galloway was named to the FBI Classic All-Tournament Team and tabbed by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (SCBCA) as a Top 5 senior and Top 5 player in the state. He played in the North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star Game and also played AAU Basketball for Upward Stars under Kyle Gaither and Curtis Wheeler. He is interested in majoring in communication at the College of Charleston.
“Brevin is a great offensive threat,” Grant said. “He is skilled and has a high I.Q. His ability to stretch the defense with his shooting range will be a great asset for us. We are excited about him joining our program.”
One of the best players in the state of North Carolina, McManus was ranked as high as No. 12 and received offers from more than 20 NCAA Division I schools that included Boston College, Temple, Rutgers, George Mason, UNCW and Hofstra as well as heavy interest from Texas, Maryland, Georgia and Marquette.
The Charlotte native was named third team all-state, first team all-region and first team all-district as a senior at North Mecklenburg High School under head coach Duane Lewis. During his senior season, the Vikings finished 27-3 overall and advanced to the final four of the state playoffs. McManus averaged 19.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and shot 38 percent from behind the three-point line.
A two-time all-conference selection and two-time Holden Classic All-Tournament Team member and MVP, he recorded 1,000 points in his career. McManus was selected to the North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star Game and also played AAU Basketball for the Charlotte Nets under head coach Kerry Sargent. He is looking to major in business administration at the College of Charleston.
“We are really fortunate to have Jaylen join our CofC Basketball Family,” Grant said. “He is extremely talented and adds a unique dimension to our program. His combination of length, athleticism and skill will allow him to be very successful at the College of Charleston and in the CAA.”
During his senior year, Smart averaged a double-double recording 14.5 points and 13.2 rebounds per game at New Garden Friends School under head coach Phil Tockman. From a small village in his native Nigeria, he lettered and served as team captain in soccer and basketball – a sport he has only played for three years since coming to the U.S. in August of 2013.
Smart was named Defensive Player of the Year and Team MVP. He had a breakout spring and summer on the adidas AAU circuit for Team Wall under the direction of head coach Khristopher Williams. He chose CofC over Rice, Stetson, Longwood and North Carolina A&T.
“Osi will bring a great physical presence to our team,” Grant said. “He is a great rebounder and rim protector. He also does a great job of running the floor and carving out space for post position. He will be a great addition to our program.”
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT BREVIN GALLOWAY
“Brevin is a very physical player. He is a big guard that can really shoot the ball. He already has a strong, muscular body playing at the guard position for us. You don’t see that much at the high school level. He is physically ready for the college game. Coach Grant and the College of Charleston got a good one in Brevin, who can come right in and produce at the guard position with his strength.” – Seneca High School Head Coach Kevin Padgett
“Brevin is a very good shooter and can shoot off the bounce. He can get to the basket and he brings toughness more than anything. While playing for us on the adidas circuit from ages 15 through 17, you could tell he put a lot of work into developing his game. He also transformed his body as he got older making him faster, stronger and more athletic. Brevin comes from an athletic background, so he has it in his genes to be successful and knows what it takes to compete at the collegiate level.” – AAU Upward Stars Head Coach Kyle Gaither
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT JAYLEN McMANUS
“Jaylen has really improved his skill set since he transferred to our school as an 11th grader. He was more of a post player in the past, and now, he can really shoot the basketball and has worked really hard on taking kids off the dribble. He has a strong work ethic and has prepared himself well for the college level. Off the court, he is humble and a great kid. The College of Charleston is a great fit. Coach Grant and (Assistant) Coach (Quinton) Ferrell did a great job if recruiting him. They really made Jaylen a priority the last two years and their hard work paid off. He had a lot of high-level schools interested in him. He chose Charleston because of how great the city is and how the players and coaches made him feel on his trip to campus. We are very excited at North Meck for Jaylen. He has a chance to be a very special player. He is a special piece of the puzzle of taking the College of Charleston back to the NCAA Tournament.” – North Mecklenburg High School Head Coach Duane Lewis
“Jaylen comes from a great family. His parents and grandparents are great people. I also coached his father, Angelo, as an AAU player. He virtually started off as an inside player, to being able to play all over the basketball court. Jaylen is a prolific scorer. He can put the ball on the floor and shoot from outside. He can score against bigger and smaller players inside-and-out. He is a game changer and will be a program changer for the College of Charleston.” – AAU Charlotte Nets Head Coach Kerry Sargent
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT OSINACHI SMART
“Osi is not only a great player, but a great student, who is committed to having success on-and-off the court. He is an outstanding defender and rebounder. He understands concepts very well, especially on the defensive end of the court. Osi was the anchor on our defense. He is also a tremendous soccer player and his quick feet helped him with his basketball game. At 6-foot-8, his hands are huge, but his smile is even bigger. He is extremely intelligent and is one of the leaders of our community, who leads by example by getting to school early for tutoring and staying late in the gym for basketball. I am predicting basketball will be a footnote to a great academic and athletic career. After his time at the College of Charleston, Osi will go on to do great things that will change the world. That’s the kind of person he is and he will be a great addition to the campus community as he was for ours.” – New Garden Friends School Head Coach Phil Tockman
“Osi has only played organized basketball for three years and was a late bloomer. Last summer, I coached him from May through July, and in that short amount of time, I saw a lot of improvement. In the beginning of the spring, he was always able to run the floor and was relentless on the boards. He had some trouble converting inside, but by the end of July, he could catch. He will bring hard work and aggressiveness to the College of Charleston. I wouldn’t be surprised if he led the conference in rebounding next season. He can step right in, because of his size and his 7-foot-3 wingspan. He has become a force defensively and on the boards. By the end of his time at the College of Charleston, I see him placing his name in the record books. To be this good, this fast, with his desire to get better, Osi is very coachable. It’s a great fit and the College of Charleston got a steal.” – AAU Team Wall Head Coach Khristopher Williams
2016-17 COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON MEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNEES
Brevin Galloway, Guard, 6-3, 205, Anderson, S.C. (Seneca High School)
Chevez Goodwin, Forward, 6-9, 205, Columbia, S.C. (Hammond School)
Jaylen McManus, Forward, 6-7, 200, Charlotte, N.C. (North Mecklenburg High School)
Osinachi Smart, Center/Forward, 6-8, 240, Umuahia, Nigeria (New Garden Friends School (N.C.))