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Davis adds three more to signing class

MT will add seven newcomers next year

April 17, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee men's basketball head coach Kermit Davis has added three to this year's signing class in the form of Ronald Ross, Tharone Chilton and Tyrek Coger, who each signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.

"We lost a really good senior class," Davis said. "Six guys that meant a lot to us, and it's hard to replace their experience and will to win. But we feel very good about the guys coming back, and we've got an excellent recruiting class that should finish among Hoop Scoop's Top 25 in the country. They are very talented and our staff did an outstanding job. We are looking forward to getting them all here and getting ready to go to work."

Ross is a 6-3 guard hailing from Indian Hills Community College, a program that produced former Blue Raiders LaRon Dendy and James Washington. Ross averaged 14.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a sophomore for an Indian Hills team that finished 25-4. As a potent 3-point shooter, he hit 42.2 percent from beyond the arc.

Prior to Indiana Hills, Ross attended Vincennes University where he averaged 17.7 points and hit 44 percent of his shots from 3-point land.

"Ronald has scored everywhere he's been," Davis said. "He averaged nearly 18 points a game as a freshman at Vincennes and was the second-leading scorer on maybe the most talented junior college team in the country. Ronald is a physical guard at 6-3, 205 pounds and can really shoot the ball from three. He's going to be a really good player for us."

Chilton was a key component in Eastern Oklahoma State College's national semifinal appearance and 32-5 finish in 2011-12. He averaged 14.7 points and 4.3 assists per game, earning the Region II Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player award, in addition to Region II all-tournament team honors. Along with teammate and All-American guard Marcus Tarrance, who signed with MT in the fall, he was one of 12 players named to the Region II All-Conference First Team.

"We're really happy to have Tharone join our program," Davis said. "He had a great career at Eastern Oklahoma and is a skilled, athletic scorer. He can play both the one and the two."

A 6-8, 245-lb center, Coger rounds out the signing class. A native of Raleigh, N.C., Coger scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the state semifinal, then tallied 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Raleigh Word of God to the 58-53 win in the title game. Coger took home tournament MVP honors.

"Tyrek has a big body with soft hands and a great knack of how to score," Davis said. "He played well in lot of big tournaments for Word of God. He's going to continue to shape his body, and we believe he has bright future."

The trio joins four future Blue Raiders who inked National Letters of Intent in the fall. Josh Phillips (6-8, 220 lbs), Reggie Upshaw (6-7, 215 lbs), Eric Wortham Jr. (6-6, 210 lbs) and Tarrance (6-6, 210 lbs) each signed in November.

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