Courtesy of GoXavier.com
CINCINNATI — Xavier University men’s basketball head coach Travis Steele announced today that he has received signed National Letters of Intent from a five-member recruiting class that is ranked No. 11 in the country by 247Sports. The star-studded group includes four four-star prospects that are ranked among the top 106 recruits in the country by 247Sports: Dahmir Bishop, a 6-5 guard from Philadelphia, Zach Freemantle, a 6-9 forward from Oradell, N.J., Daniel Ramsey, a 6-8 forward from Norcross, Ga. and Dekeyvan “KyKy” Tandy, a 6-1 guard from Hopkinsville, Ky. Local product Dieonte Miles, a 6-11 center and three-star recruit from Walton, Ky., completes the impressive class.
TRAVIS STEELE ON THE CLASS:
“I am excited about this class. (My assistants) Ben Johnson, Jonas Hayes and Dante Jackson did a terrific job of identifying guys who fit what we are about. We wanted versatility and length, which I think we got. We really addressed our frontcourt heavy, with Daniel Ramsey, Zach Freemantle, and Dieonte Miles, and added the play-making guards with Dahmir and KyKy that bring a different dimension to our team at the guard spot, just as far as our creativity. All of these guys bring character, they love basketball, they’re tough, they’re competitive, and they fit everything that we are about here at Xavier. We did get a late start but at the same time we got every one of our top priorities. We feel great about that.”
DAHMIR BISHOP (@dahh215):
Bishop, who plays under head coach Andre Noble at Imhotep Institute Charter School in Philadelphia, Pa., is a four-star prospect ranked number 100 in this class by 247Sports and number 89 by Rivals. Bishop, a Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class AAAA First Team All-State selection, averaged 9.5 ppg. and 4.5 rpg. for a balanced team that finished 31-2 for the second straight year and won a second straight PIAA Class AAAA State Championship. Bishop, who scored 20 points in last season’s state championship game, was named team captain of this year’s team that features four Division I signees in the senior class.
Steele on Bishop: “Dahmir is an ultra-playmaker. He is athletic and can shoot it, drive it and pass it. He can really score. I think he’s another guy with his size that really fits our mold for guards. He is extremely talented and he has that Philly toughness to him, that blue collar mentality.”
ZACH FREEMANTLE (@zachfreemantle):
Freemantle, who plays under head coach Billy Armstrong at Bergen Catholic in Oradell, N.J., is a four-star prospect ranked number 95 in this class by 247Sports. Freemantle averaged 18.9 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals as a junior. He was one of only three underclassmen chosen as First Team All-Bergen County by the area coaches.
Steele on Freemantle: “Zach is a tough kid. He is skilled and smart and comes from a very well coached program. With his toughness and skillset, he’ll be able to play the 4 and a little bit of the 5 for us. He’s going to be able to play right away because of his skillset and his toughness. He can play inside and outside.”
DIEONTE MILES (DieonteAMiles23):
Miles, who plays under head coach Grant Brannen at Walton-Verona High School in Walton, Ky., is a three-star prospect by 247Sports. Miles, who missed most of his junior year to injury, blocked 4.0 shots per game as a sophomore and earned a spot on the All-Region and All-District teams.
Steele on Miles: “Dieonte’s obviously very long and he’s also very young and very talented. He just turned 17. He had a huge growth spurt in the last year and may not be done growing. Dieonte is a guy that can protect the rim and block shots. He can really run and is very mobile for a kid his size. He may be thin right now, but he has the type of body where he can put on a lot of weight. Most importantly, he just knows how to play. He has a natural feel for the game and is skilled, whether it’s in the low post or shooting 3-pointers.”
DANIEL RAMSEY (@Daniel_Ramsey5):
Ramsey, a four-star prospect ranked number 106 in this class by 247Sports, will play his senior season under head coach Jesse McMillan at Norcross High School in Norcross, Ga., after enjoying a standout career at Deerfield-Windsor High School in Albany, Ga. The three-time Albany Herald Super Sixer averaged 16.0 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as a junior for Deerfield-Windsor as the Knights finished the season 19-5 overall and made it to the quarterfinals of the GISA Class 3A State Tournament.
Steele on Ramsey: “Daniel’s about 6-9 with a big, strong body. He’s long and a good athlete with the ability to play inside and outside, both offensively and defensively. Daniel gives us great flexibility and versatility.”
DEKEYVAN “KYKY” TANDY (@TandyDekeyvan):
Tandy, who plays under head coach Grant Shouse at University Heights Academy in Hopkinsville, Ky., is a four-star prospect ranked number 92 in this class by 247Sports and number 83 by ESPN. Tandy averaged 30.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a junior, while shooting 48 percent from 3-point territory and 61 percent overall. Tandy will be one of this season’s top candidates for Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball Award.
Steele on Tandy: “KyKy has a gift to really score the ball. He is ultra athletic, probably as athletic a guy as we’ve had at the guard position in a while. He has an explosive first step and can get to the rim. He can really shoot the ball and pass the ball, so he he can play the 1 or the 2 but his strength is that he is an elite scorer.”