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Morehead picks up three transfers

MOREHEAD, Ky. – A trio of talented transfers are set to join the Morehead State men’s basketball program. Head coach Donnie Tyndall announced the additions of Devon Atkinson, Marsell Holden and Milton Chavis this week.

“I feel these three junior college transfers will impact our very young team. I feel that Devon, Marsell and Milton all have the experience and toughness to compete at a high level and contribute, in my opinion, in what is one of the best mid-major conferences in America,” said Tyndall.

Atkinson, a 6-2 guard, is a native of Farmville, N.C., and a graduate of Farmville Central High School in 2008. He attended Missouri State for one semester before transferring to Pitt Community College. He spent his sophomore season at Brunswick (N.C.) Community College. At BCC, he averaged 9.1 points and 6.7 assists per game while shooting 74 percent from the free throw line.

“With Devon, we are getting a very vocal, tough guard with good size and strength,” said Tyndall. “I feel that Devon will be a solid contributor from day one.”

Holden is a 5-11 guard from Farrell, Pa. He prepped at Farrell Area High School before attending San Jacinto College in Texas. Holden racked up an impressive list of accolades, including being named a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American as well as being tabbed the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Junior College Player of the Year and the Region XIV Player of the Year in 2010-11. He ranked 20th in the nation in scoring last season, tossing in 19.9 points per game.

He also shot 90 percent from the free throw line in his two years at San Jacinto and made 42 percent of his three-pointers last year. In his senior year in high school, he was named Pennsylvania Player of the Year, finishing his prep career with 1,913 points.

“Marsell is a guard that can score in a variety of ways,” said Tyndall. “His speed and quickness complements our style of play perfectly.”

Chavis, a 6-5 forward, comes to MSU from Kilgore (Texas) College. A native of Raleigh, N.C., Chavis attended Word of God Christian Academy. He averaged 8.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per outing in 2010-11 at Kilgore. He shot 47 percent from the field and dished out two assists per game.

“Milton’s length and athleticism are what excites us the most. We are getting a great kid with a strong work ethic, who we feel will contribute in a variety of ways,” said Tyndall.

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