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Not a bad looking slate overall. Give ‘Em Hell Citadel......Go Dogs!

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Head Citadel men's basketball coach Duggar Baucom and staff have signed five incoming freshmen to their National Letters of Intent. The quintet, which is comprised of three guards and two forwards, including Fletcher Abee, Stephen Clark, Rodolfo "Rudy" Fitzgibbons, III, Jackson Gammons and Brady Spence.

"I am extremely excited about our incoming class. We have worked very hard to identify, evaluate and recruit young men who will not only help us win games, but will be excel in the classroom and within the Corps of Cadets," Baucom said. "All are from great families that understand the rigors of being a cadet-athlete and the value of the degree that comes from being a Citadel graduate. I applaud my staff for all of their hard work and efforts bringing in such a quality group of young men. We welcome these five special young men and their families to our basketball program and The Citadel community."

Fletcher Abee (6-3, 170, Guard)
Valdese, N.C. (Freedom HS)
A four-year letterwinner at Freedom High School, Abee set the program record for career points scored (1,865) and 3-point field goals made in a career (358). He also holds the school record for most 30-point games in a career and 3-point field goal percentage in a season (.490, set during his senior year), as well as the single-season free throw percentage record (.893, set during his junior campaign) and 3-pointers made (99, set during his junior season). He was a three-time All-Burke County first-team selection.

As a senior, Abee averaged 19.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.2 steals per game, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 85.0 percent from the charity stripe. He converted 94 3-pointers. His senior season is tied for the most 30-point games in a single season. Along with All-Burke County first-team honors, Abee was named to the North Carolina AP All-State team, a first-team All-District 10 selection and was the Northwestern Conference and Burke County Player of the Year. He was selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game as well as the East-West All-Star Game.

Abee averaged 19.4 points, 5.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game as a junior. He shot 45.0 percent from beyond the 3-point arc, 50.0 percent from the field and 89.3 percent from the free throw line. He earned conference player of the year honors and was named to All-District 10 First Team and All-Burke County First Team.

As a sophomore, Abee averaged 17.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists per game and made 98 treys. He earned All-Burke County first-team honors, and was named to the all-conference team.

Abee started his prep career by setting the program record for 3-pointers made by a freshman with 67. He averaged 9.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.

Off the court, Abee was a Presidential Scholar and Honor Student, as well as a Junior Usher. He plans to major in biology.

Coach Baucom on Abee: "Fletcher is a pure shooter that can stroke it with great range. He finished his career as the all-time leading scorer at Freedom High School, a storied program that has produced numerous Division 1 basketball players and several North Carolina State Championships. Fletcher also finished with the most 3-pointers made in his high school's history."

Stephen Clark (6-9, 180, Forward)
Charlotte, N.C. (Metrolina Christian Academy)
As a senior at Metrolina Christian Academy, Clark was named a 4A All-State selection and All-Metrolina Athletic Conference (MAC) selection after averaging 17.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game. He guided the Warriors to the best record in school history (21-10) and was named the team's Most Valuable Player.

As a junior, Clark averaged 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game en route to earning All-MAC honors.

Clark was an A/B Honor Roll student who also performed in the long jump, triple jump and hurdles for his high school's track & field team. He plans on majoring in mechanical engineering.

Coach Baucom on Clark: "Stephen combines length with athleticism which allows him to play inside and out on the perimeter. He plays above the rim and can finish, but also has great timing, which makes him an excellent shot blocker. His improved 3-point shooting also allows him to stretch the defense."

Rudy Fitzgibbons, III (6-0, 160, Guard)
Atlanta, Ga. (Riverwood International Charter School)
A three-time letterwinner at Riverwood International Charter School, Fitzgibbons averaged 25.0 points, 2.3 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game as a senior. He shot 50.0 percent from the field and 92.0 percent from the free throw line.

After sitting out his sophomore season due to injury, Fitzgibbons returned to the hardwood to average 19.1 points, 4.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds per contest as a junior, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 86.0 percent from the charity stripe.

As a freshman, Fitzgibbons averaged 11.1 points and 8.0 assists per game, while shooting 43.0 percent from the field and 70.0 percent from the free throw line.

A talented all-around athlete, Fitzgibbons also played soccer and was a track & field athlete, earning six varsity letters between the two sports. As a freshman and sophomore, he helped guide his team to the region crown. In track, his team also claimed the region crown as a sophomore as he placed third in the state in the 3A 400-meter dash.

Away from the court, Fitzgibbons was a member of his school's Beta Club and National Science Honors Society. He was also a four-year member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), a three-year member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and a four-year member of the Community Service Club. He plans to major in psychology.

Coach Baucom on Fitzgibbons: "Rudy's quickness allows him to get to the rim, but also break down defenses to create plays for others. He has great court vision and is an excellent passer. Rudy has deep range on his 3-point shot, but is also very crafty at scoring in the paint."

Jackson Gammons (6-2, 190, Guard)
High Point, N.C. (Calvary Day School)
A four-time letterwinner and three-year captain at Calvary Day School, Gammons was a three-time All-Triad Athletic Conference (TAC) selection and a two-time all-state honoree. As a senior, he averaged 22.1 points, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game en route to picking up All-TAC and all-state honors. He eclipsed the 1,500-point mark for his career and was an All-Northwest North Carolina (NC) Team honoree.

As a junior, Gammons averaged 22.9 points, 5.1 rebound and 3.5 assists per outing. He was named the TAC Player of the Year and also earned all-state and All-Northwest NC Team plaudits.

After averaging 6.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game as a freshman, Gammons averaged 15.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game as a sophomore en route to earning All-TAC plaudits in his first season as a team captain.

He also played for Team Felton AAU on the Under Armour Circuit.

Away from basketball, Gammons was a member of the National Honors Society, Science Honors Society and Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honors Society. He was also a Junior Marshall and earned the Statesman Award. He plans to major in business.

Coach Baucom on Gammons: "Jackson is an athletic gym rat who can play multiple positions. He has a college-ready physique and can score at all three levels. Jackson's ball handling, outside shot and explosiveness allow him to play anywhere on the perimeter."

Brady Spence (6-9, 205, Forward)
Douglasville, Ga. (Alexander High School)
A three-year varsity letterwinner at Alexander High School, Spence began playing basketball as a freshman and was promoted to the varsity squad by the end of the season. As a senior, he averaged 12.0 point, 8.7 rebounds and 3.4 blocks en route to earning all-state honorable mention honors and second-team all-region honors.

As a junior, Spence averaged 10.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.4 blocks per contest, earning all-state honorable mention plaudits and first-team all-region honors.

Spence earned his first varsity letter as a sophomore, averaging 2.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

Spence was also a standout pitcher on the Cougars' baseball team all four years, helping guide the team to a pair of sweet 16 appearances in the state tournament.

Away from athletics, Spence earned the Georgia High School Certificate of Merit for ranking in the top five percent of his class. He also earned the Superintendent Award. He plans on majoring in business.

Coach Baucom on Spence: "Brady is a very strong presence inside. His athleticism and timing make him both a very good rebounder and rim protector. He is a true 5-man who can finish with his back to the basket, but can also really run the floor."

For more information on The Citadel basketball team, please visit or follow @CitadelHoops and @CitadelSports on Twitter.


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2 from GA, 3 from NC, so he went out looking.  2 tall young'uns at 6'9", but not much weight on them, so hope they get some pounds on 'em with our conditioning program.  

Looks like some sharpshooters in there.

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Unless the 2019-2020 season is any better than Baucom's previous 4, he won't be around to see what they can do in 2 or 3 years.  Based on the 2018-19 season, I have "0" confidence at this point that next year will be any better, unless these new kids are absolute superstars on the court.

Hope I'm wrong, but if past performance is any indicator of future results, 2019-2020 will be another disappointment on the hardwood, and we'll have a new HC in 2020-2021.

Outside of basketball, looks like this is a good crop of kids that have high character and should perform well in the classroom.  Guess that's more important than how good they are on the court.  Always has been that way at The Citadel, as it should (but it still would be nice to win & make the Big Dance!).

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