Trojans’ Higginbotham announces recruiting class


Five freshmen and one transfer comprise the 2020-21 men’s basketball class signed by University of Mount Olive head coach Joey Higginbotham.

The incoming freshmen are Isaiah Bridges, Aziayah Roberts, Quishaun Brevard, Shakei Hines and Jordan Lynch. Trayvon Ferrell is the lone transfer.

“I am extremely excited about this year’s class,” Higginbotham said. “I think my staff and I did a great job identifying these great young men and their families who fit UMO. These six young men have a great opportunity to impact our program in ways that don’t just show up on the stat sheet.”

A 6-foot-1 guard from Fayetteville, Bridges helped lead Westover to co-ownership of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A state championship in 2020. The school shares the crown with Morganton Freedom High after the onset of COVID-19 forced the association to cancel the state basketball championships after it postponed the title clash in mid-March.

Roberts played for Princess Anne High School in Virginia. The 6-foot-5 forward earned first-team all-district and second-team all-region accolades.

Named the Big East Conference Player-of-the-Year, Hines starred at Hunt High in Wilson. He earned a spot on the Big East all-tournament team.

A 6-foot-1 guard, Lynch played at perennial independent power Greenfield School in Wilson. A Rocky Mount native, he collected several honors — MLK Showcase game MVP, Coastal Plain Independent Conference All-Tournament Team and CPIC All-Conference.

Ferrell played last season at Cape Fear Community College. The 6-foot-1 transfer earned the John Wall Holiday Tourney MVP while collecting 232 points, 159 rebounds, 32 assists, 32 steals and a pair of blocks last season.

UMO compiled a 16-13 record last season, including a 10-10 mark against Conference Carolinas opposition. Higginbotham has guided the program to 215 victories in 12 seasons.


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