Flashes Add Two Signees During Spring Season

By Published: 5/4/2017 7:24:07 PM Custom Tag

Courtesy: Kent State Athletics

KENT, Ohio – Kent State men's basketball coach Rob Senderoff has announced the signing of two student-athletes to the men's basketball program in Akiean Frederick and Philip Whittington.

"We're happy to announce these two young men will be coming to Kent State," said Senderoff. "Both are great kids who come from great families. We're really excited for them to be joining us."

Frederick comes to Kent State as a junior eligible to compete right away. He was a star at Sinclair CC in Dayton, Ohio, where he earned Second Team Division II JUCO All-American honors. In his second year, Frederick averaged 22.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He was a threat inside and out, shooting 33.3 percent from 3-point range.

He recorded 18 double-doubles on the year and posted a career-high 41 points against Lakeland CC. Frederick also earned first team all-conference honors and was the runner up for OCCAC Player of the Year.

"If you look at where he was three years ago to today as a basketball player," notes Senderoff, "you'll see tremendous upside and potential. He's a skilled front court player and a skilled passer. He's got a great feel for the game and played for a well respected coach at Sinclair in Jeff Price. We're looking forward to his two years of contribution here."

Whittington has played two seasons at USC Upstate and will have to redshirt this upcoming season per NCAA rules. This past season, Whittington averaged 8.5 points over 18 minutes per game. He also tallied 6.2 rebounds, 2.15 on offense, and 1.21 blocks.

His advanced statistics speak volumes, ranking in the national top-100 in offensive rebound percentage, defensive rebound percentage and block percentage according to KenPom.com. The statistics resource credited Whittington as the team's MVP in multiple games, including a win over Kennesaw State in which he scored 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting along with seven rebounds.

"Phil will sit this year due to NCAA rules, but he had two very successful seasons at USC Upstate," said Senderoff. "He's young for his grade, so a redshirt year will really help him to get stronger. When you look at what he accomplished at USC Upstate in terms of points, rebounds and blocks per minute played, he was one of the best players in the Atlantic Sun Conference. We're excited for him to be here for three seasons."

The pair of newcomers join a group of returners that will enter the season with MAC Championship and NCAA Tournament experience. 10 student-athletes are returning from this past season's roster, including starters Jalen Avery, Mitch Peterson and Jaylin Walker.
Published: 5/4/2017 7:24:07 PM Custom Tag