FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- Fairmont State men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun today announced the signing of Richmond Heights (Ohio) standout Tommy Scales to a grant-in-aid.
Scales, a 6-8 forward, comes to FSU after completing a stellar high school career for the Spartans, who finished this past season 24-2 and advanced all the way to the regional finals before falling to Berlin Hiland. As a senior, Scales averaged 10 points per game for Richmond Heights, one of the better teams in Ohio’s Division IV.
“We’re excited that Tommy has decided to join our program,” said Calhoun. “He gives us some more size, which is something we obviously need. We expect him to come in, work his tail off, and compete for playing time right away.
“He’s very active,” continued Calhoun. “He plays extremely hard. He’ll make an impact for us on the defensive end, and especially on the glass. Offensively, his best basketball is ahead of him but he’ll be successful early because of his work ethic and how hard he plays.”
Scales weighed multiple offers before taking an official visit at FSU and ultimately decided to sign with the Fighting Falcons.
“When I got the job, Tommy was a guy we targeted in recruiting because of his size, his character and his upside,” said Calhoun. “He has tremendous upside. He’s just going to keep improving as a basketball player and we’re thrilled to have him.”
Scales is the second true post player to sign with the Falcons in the 2012 recruiting class. Calhoun’s first signing in April was Logan (W.Va.) High School’s Trevor Evans.
“Both of these guys are, first of all, terrific kids,” he said. “Second, they’re going to help our basketball program an awful lot. They’re going to be guys who help us take this program to great heights. We couldn’t be happier about our young core of high school players, especially now that Tommy is on board.”
Scales is the eighth player overall to sign with Fairmont State since Calhoun’s mid-April hire.
“I love our class,” he said. “We still need one more player, but I’m thrilled with the players we’ve been able to bring in so far. They’re all high-character kids, great guys to be around.”