Emmitsburg, Md. (April 25, 2013)—Mount St. Mary's men's basketball coach Jamion Christian has announced the signings of Byron Ashe (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate), Charles Glover (Bowie, Md./Gonzaga) and Will Miller (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) to National Letters of Intent. He has also announced that Chris Martin (Upper Marlboro, Md./St. Patrick [N.J.]), who played at Marshall last year, has signed a financial aid agreement to complete his transfer to Mount St. Mary's.
The four join Khalid Nwandu (York, Pa./Northeastern), who signed in November, to form this year's recruiting class.
"We are very excited about the conclusion of our 2013 class," said Christian. "Byron, Charles, and Will have shown a unique passion for being a part of the Mount and our community. As players they are exactly what we look for in our recruiting. Each contains the ability to play multiple positions on defense and offense. As we continue to bring Mayhem into the Northeast conference, we are extremely excited about what they will bring to our program."
Ashe, a 6-0, 155-pound guard, averaged 20.0 points for Friendship Collegiate as a senior, including 26 points against Sidwell Friends and a 20-point effort against Montrose Christian. He helped lead Friendship Collegiate to a 20-12 record. He was named First Team All-Capital Beltway League this year.
"Byron can play the one and two positions and will continue along the lines of exciting backcourt play here at the Mount," said Christian. "Byron contains elite athleticism and an uncanny knack to shooting the ball."
Glover, a 6-1, 180-pound guard, averaged 11.1 points as a senior for Gonzaga, which won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) regular-season championship and finished with a 30-9 record. Glover was selected All-WCAC First Team and was named Fourth Team All-Met by the Washington Post.
"Charles can play the one, two and three positions and comes from one of the top high school programs in the country," said Christian. "Charles is a proven warrior on the floor dedicated towards winning."
Miller, a 6-6, 185-pound forward, averaged 11.0 points while helping Highland Park High School to a 26-8 record his senior season. An outstanding long-range shooter, Miller was 56-for-139 (.403) from three-point range as a senior, including a five-game stretch where he shot 18-for-33 (.545). He had 17 double-figure scoring games, including a 23-point effort against Newman Smith. Miller was named the Newcomer of the Year for in his district by the Plano Star-Courier. An All-District selection, he was also named to the Plano Wildcat Holiday Classic All-Tournament team as a senior.
"Will can play the both the three and four positions in our offense and will provide us with the elite shooter we have been looking for in our recruiting," said Christian.
Martin, a 6-0, 185-pound guard, is transferring to the Mount from Marshall, where he appeared in 41 career games. Martin will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two seasons of eligibility at the Mount. He averaged 3.1 points and 15.1 minutes per game in 23 games this past season for Marshall. He scored a career-high 13 points against Villanova while tallying 12 against Hofstra.
Martin was ranked as one of the top 110 seniors in the country as a senior in high school at St. Patrick. He averaged 13.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game for St. Patrick, which finished 26-1 and ranked No. 3 in the ESPN Rise Fab 50. He was a McDonald's All-American Nominee. He was named First Team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference as a junior at St. John's College High School.
"Chris is exactly the type of transfer we look for as he has excellent scoring ability and is eagerly looking an opportunity to help the Mount remain at the top of the league," said Christian. "We are very excited to welcome Chris back to the DMV."
Christian also announced that Josh Castellanos (Orlando, Pa./Orlando Christian Prep), Christian Crockett (Houston, Texas/Travis), Xavier Owens (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) and Kelvin Parker (York, Pa./William Penn) will not be returning next season. Castellanos is graduating in May while Crockett, Owens and Parker are going to transfer.
Castellanos started 49 of 81 career games played at the Mount, finishing with 457 points, 276 assists, 137 rebounds and 65 steals. He averaged 4.3 and 3.2 assists in 20 games this past season. Parker averaged 7.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 57 games with the Mount, averaging 5.3 points and 2.5 boards in 2012-13. Owens appeared in 46 games as a Mountaineer with 12 starts, averaging 3.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game this past season. Crockett appeared in two games for the Mount as a freshman in 2012-13.
The Mountaineers advanced to the Northeast Conference Championship game this past season, finishing with an 18-14 overall record and an 11-7 mark in the NEC.