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VMI recruiting class to add four

VMI basketball recently added three new recruits this past spring – bringing the total number of new faces who will suit up for the Keydets in the 2012-13 season to four.

Joining the Keydets next season will be 6-3 guard Gavin Stephenson (Columbia, Md./Atholton H.S.), 6-4 forward Phillip Anglade (Huntersville, N.C./ Davidson Day School) and 6-3 wing Tim Marshall (Virginia Beach, Va. / Landstown H.S.). The trio will join 6-3 guard Dorian Albritton (Davidson, N.C./ Davidson Day School), who signed with VMI last November during the early signing period.

Stephenson (6-3, 185) was selected the team Atholton MVP and averaged 23.1 points and 6.1 rebounds this past season while also averaging 2.9 assists and 2.8 steals per game. He was named first team All-County and All-Met Washington Post Honorable Mention. Stephenson set seven school records while at Atholton including most points in a season (554), most made free throws in a game (20) and season (166), highest scoring game (36), best free throw percentage (80.6%) and most free throws attempted in a game (25). Stephenson comes from a highly involved athletic family as brother Chris played for Lehigh University basketball, sister Briana Joy played volleyball at MIT, and brother Jonathan is a men’s soccer player for the University of Richmond. Stephenson intends to major in Economics and Business.

“Gavin has the skill set to play both the point and 2 guard for us,” said VMI head coach Duggar Baucom. “He can really pass, but can also score in a variety of ways.”‘

Anglade (6-4, 210), who was a teammate of prior Keydet signee Albritton, was a key part of Davidson Day’s 31-4 run this past year which led them to the NCISAA 2A Boys Basketball title game and also received the most outstanding player award after averaging 13 points and 11.9 rebounds. He pulled down a total of 315 rebounds over a two-year period and was named NCISAA All-State for 2012. Anglade was also named MVP of the 2011 Augusta Christian Tournament and 2011 S.P.A.A. Tournament, and received All-Tournament honors for the Prep All-Stars Holiday Classic and Charlotte Sports Commission Hardwood Classic. As a junior, Anglade averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds. Anglade plans to major in Economics and Business.

“‘Phillip is an explosive athlete, who can dominate the glass on both ends of the floor. He has a great motor and gives us a presence in the paint,” added Baucom.

Marshall, a 6-3, 195 wing, averaged 14.6 points and 5.3 rebounds along with 1.2 steals during his Landstown senior season of 2011-12. He was named first team All-Beach District and All-Tidewater Honorable Mention. He tallied 57 three-point goals for a team that finished 24-3 and won the Beach District.  Marshall is currently undecided on his major at VMI.

“Tim is an excellent shooter, who can stroke the three with range,” said Baucom. “He is also sneaky athletic and long which allows him to finish at the rim.”

Baucom summarized the recent commitments by saying, “We are very excited with the signings of Gavin, Phillip and Tim. All three of them, along with Dorian, can come in and have an immediate impact on our program. We are anxious to have all of them and their parents join our VMI basketball family.”

The Keydets in 2011-12 posted a 17-16 record for their third winning season over the last four years and advanced to the Big South Championship title game for the third time in the last six years.

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