FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- Fairmont State men’s basketball head coach Jerrod Calhoun today announced the signing of of 6-9 forward Isaiah Hill to a grant-in-aid. Hill, a transfer from Mountain State University, will have one year of eligibility remaining.
“This is a huge addition to our program,” Calhoun said. “Isaiah is the missing piece to our recruiting class. He’s not only a great player, but an exceptional person who will have a positive impact on Fairmont State both on and off the court.”
Hill, a native of Aylett, Va., spent the 2011-12 season at Mountain State in Beckley, where he led the Cougars to the NAIA Division I Final Four. At Mountain State, Hill averaged 13.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per game on his way to being named a third-team NAIA Division I All-American.
“He can score inside and out,” said Calhoun. “He’s very skilled, but also a great athlete. He really attacks the ball on the glass. He’s just relentless at both ends.”
Prior to playing for Mountain State, Hill was a standout for Hagerstown (Md.) Community College. As a freshman at Hagerstown, he averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, he improved those marks to 18 points and 14 rebounds per game.
“He’s played at some very successful programs, having been at Hagerstown and then Mountain State,” Calhoun said. “He played for Bob Bolen at Mountain State, who has won more games than any other college coach in the state of West Virginia. I’ve known Coach Bolen for a long time, and he raved about Isaiah as a person and a player.
“We know Isaiah is used to winning, and used to success,” Calhoun continued. “That’s another thing that we love about him.”
Hill is the second player with All-American credentials to sign with the Falcons and Calhoun. Earlier this summer, Brendan Cooper – a 2012 first team NJCAA All-American at Lakeland Community College – signed to play at FSU. The Falcons also return senior guard Isaac Thornton, a three-time all-WVIAC honoree.
“We’re pleased with our recruiting efforts, especially getting a late start since I was just hired in April,” Calhoun said. “My staff and I have worked tirelessly recruiting. Players are the lifeblood of any college program, and I like the direction we’re headed in. We’ve signed a lot of guys, all of whom are good players and good kids.”