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Eagles' recruiting class tabbed No. 1 in OVC

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The 2013-14 Morehead State men's basketball recruiting class has been tabbed No. 1 in the Ohio Valley Conference by Hoop Scoop Online. The Eagle newcomers are also rated in the nation's top-25 percent, checking in at 75th out of 329 Division I schools.

"This is a great honor for Morehead State men's basketball," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "We're really excited about the young men who are joining our program this fall. We have added quite a bit of talent at several positions, which will help the overall depth of our roster."

Morehead State's eight returning players will be joined by nine newcomers for the upcoming year. Six newcomers will be eligible right away. Seven newcomers have already played college basketball, and the group has a combined nine years of Division I playing experience.

The Eagles have added three guards, two centers and one forward who are eligible in 2013-14. DeAndre Leatherwood, Luka Pajkovic, Billy Reader and Kareem Storey join the program with previous college experience, while Aary Bibens and Greg Dotson are true freshmen.

Pajkovic played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament as a freshman at Mississippi Valley State, while Reader played in the same postseason event as a freshman at Montana. Storey played in 31 contests as a first-year college player at Pac-12 Conference member Utah in 2011-12.

"These six young men will bring a lot to the table for us in 2013-14," Woods said. "Luka and Billy have played in the NCAA Tournament, while Kareem has experience from one of the nation's top conferences. I'm also excited about DeAndre. He has so much potential at 6-foot-10."

Corban Collins (LSU), Jalen Courtney (LSU) and Lyonell Gaines (IUPUI) have to sit out the upcoming season due to the NCAA's Division I transfer rule. Collins will have three years of eligibility beginning in 2014-15, while Gaines has two remaining and Courtney has one.

"Corban, Jalen and Lyonell have already played in a combined 142 Division I basketball games," Woods said. "All three could be significant contributors for us in 2014-15. This season will allow them to practice with our young men and get familiar with our program."

Morehead State's schedule, which is available on MSUEagles.com, features 10 dates against postseason teams from a year ago. The Eagles will play 14 regular-season games at Johnson Arena, beginning with a Nov. 9 contest versus Mid-Continent (Ky.).

"Our expectations are certainly higher than a 15-18 record, but this program grew a lot from the beginning to end of my first year at Morehead State," Woods added. "The combination of some very good returnees and talented newcomers should make for an exciting 2013-14. Then, we will add at least three high-quality guys for 2014-15. The future is very bright for MSU men's basketball."

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