The Kennesaw State men’s basketball team added three new players to its roster for the upcoming season as the team looks to rebuild after last year’s less-than-stellar campaign.
With the departure of two of the most impactful and decorated players from last season, seniors Kendrick Ray and Aubrey Williams, Head Coach Al Skinner has a young roster heading into next season. The new recruits have to find a way to replicate Ray’s scoring ability and fill the defensive void left by Williams. Skinner did a great job picking up several 3-star prospects in hopes of improving on last season’s 14-18 record.
Tristan Jarrett is a 6-foot-4-inch shooting guard from Haywood High School in Brownsville, Tennessee. He was named the 2017 All-West Tennessee Boys Basketball Player of the Year after averaging 21.8 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game. He helped lead Haywood to the Region 8-AA championship.
Bryson Lockley is a 6-foot-8-inch power forward from Houston, Texas who attended Panola College last season, making 35 appearances. Prior to attending Panola, Lockley redshirted during his freshman year at Santa Clara University in California
Fredy Yana is a 6-foot-4-inch point guard from Yaounde, Cameroon. Last season, he starred at Melbourne Central Catholic High School in Florida.
“We’re very happy with our incoming class,” Skinner said. “We are bringing in some more size and talent, and this class is an indication of that.”
The three signees should get a good chance to prove themselves and contribute to the team’s efforts because of KSU’s young roster. The sheer size of Lockley should help solidify the Owls on defense, and having two scoring threats in Jarrett and Yana should help build confidence on the offensive end.