As we continue our 2012-13 Season Preview, we want to introduce you to the new players on every Ohio Valley Conference team.
There isn’t a lot “new” at Tennessee State this year. Well, that’s not entirely true. The coaching staff is very new, with almost the entire staff either in their first year, or in a new position this year.
The players, on the other hand, aren’t that new. In fact, the Tigers have the fewest freshman, having just one, of any team in the OVC.
Here are the few new kids on the block:
The only true freshman on this year’s squad, Gaither averaged 14 points, five assists and three steals as a senior at Shiloh High School, in Atlanta, Georgia. A four-year starter for the Generals, Gaither was selected all-region during the 2011-12 campaign. He earned second-team all-region honors as a junior.
Tennessee State head coach Travis Williams says Gaither “has shown the talent, work ethic and leadership that I was looking for in the guard position.”
The website College Sports Madness says Gaither “could help replace [Wil] Peters as a secondary ball handler and a scorer.”
Here are some highlights of Gaither in a win over Wheeler last season:
A tall forward from Amsterdam, Weillan comes to the Tigers after spending two years at Atlanta Metropolitian Community College, where he averaged 14.9 points and seven rebounds age.
Following in the tradition of Robert Covington, Weillan is a big man that can shoot the 3, hitting 40% percent behind the arc at Atlanta, and 38% during his youth league years.
Williams calls Weillan “a very versatile and skilled combo forward,” and added that “he has solid ball handling and passing skills for his size.”
McClung joins the Tigers after spending two years at Eastern Oklahoma State. Despite playing 28 games a year ago, McClung averaged fewer than 4 points, 2 rebounds, and one assist per contest.
In high school, McClung played at Meridian High School in Meridian, Illinois, averaging 13.9 point a game for the 29-2 Bobcats. His senior year, McClung was named Honorable Mention All-State
Dockery has been with the program for a year, after transferring to the Tigers from Farleigh Dickinson. During his two seasons with Knights, Dockery started eight games, but struggled as a shooter, hitting just 36% from the field, and 27% from 3-point range.
Before his collegiate years, Dockery played at Hillcrest High School, earning All-Conference honors for the South Suburban Conference while averaging 17 points a game. He knows something about running as well, as a member of the cross county and track and field teams.