Liberty men's basketball signed a trio of players in Darius McGhee, Blake Preston and Josh Price on Wednesday's National Signing Day. All three student-athletes hail from the state of North Carolina.
"What I love about this class is the people they are," stated head coach Ritchie McKay. "I am excited about the athletic ability and their basketball prowess that each individual brings to our family but I love more the kind of people that they are and will continue to uphold the pursuit of excellence this campus embodies. They will be great representatives of their families and high schools. They are all well-coached and have played for terrific high school coaches. What may be the most important thing is they value winning and being a part of a team rather than worrying about individual success."
Darius McGhee (5-9 | Guard | Roxboro, N.C.) McGhee has helped build a winning culture at Blue Ridge School as the Barons most recently claimed the 2017 VISAA State title. In his first year at Blue Ridge School, McGhee averaged 14 points per game and was named First Team All-VIC. Under head coach Cade Lemcke, McGhee was lethal from beyond the arc making 95 three-pointers last season. Before arriving at Blue Ridge, McGhee attended Roxboro Community School for head coach Brian Cousin. During his time at Roxboro Community, the guard from North Carolina averaged 36.4 points per game in his final season. An exceptional athlete, McGhee was also a two-time VIC Champion in the high jump in 2016 and 2017. McGhee plans to major in exercise science.
Coach McKay: "Darius may be small in stature but he has a huge heart and a great ability to impact the outcome of a game in a variety of ways. Not only can he can score the ball but he is a terrific defender and another one that is a beautiful person."
Welcome to the Flames Family Darius! #SigningDay continues with Darius McGhee (@D1McGhee) from Roxboro, N.C.#FlamesUp???? pic.twitter.com/G80s9guNpt— Liberty Basketball (@LibertyMBB) November 8, 2017
Welcome to the Flames Family Darius! #SigningDay continues with Darius McGhee (@D1McGhee) from Roxboro, N.C.#FlamesUp???? pic.twitter.com/G80s9guNpt
Blake Preston (6-9 | Forward | Charlotte, N.C.) The big man from Charlotte comes from Charlotte Christian School where he was a two-year starter and captain in his final season. After averaging 3.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks during the 2015-16 season, Preston made a jump during his junior campaign, bumping his averages to 9.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per contest. McKay has found top talent throughout his coaching career at Charlotte Christian School where he recruited Seth Curry and Anthony Gill. Playing for head coach Shonn Brown, Preston was named the Most Improved Player during the 2015-16 season and then was named the Most Determined Player last season. Preston was effective from the field, shooting 52 percent from the floor. Not only has Preston been successful on the court but also off the court, posting a 3.5 grade point average. Preston plans to major in business.
Coach McKay: "Blake could be a high major recruit with the upside that we project him to have. He has good size with exceptional hands and a good touch. As he continues to develop his strength, he has a very high ceiling."
The third & final addition to our Flames Family is Blake Preston (@blakepreston_32) from Charlotte, N.C.! #FlamesUp???? #NSD18 pic.twitter.com/RfBrziU7Uh— Liberty Basketball (@LibertyMBB) November 8, 2017
The third & final addition to our Flames Family is Blake Preston (@blakepreston_32) from Charlotte, N.C.! #FlamesUp???? #NSD18 pic.twitter.com/RfBrziU7Uh
Josh Price (6-3 | Guard | Charlotte, N.C.) In his junior campaign, Price was a starter at Covenant Day School where he averaged 12.3 points per game. Price has transferred schools and will finish his high school career at Carmel Christian School to play for former NBA player, Byron Dinkins, in North Carolina. Price will have a familiar teammate once he arrives at Liberty as he played with fellow signee, Blake Preston, as Price attended Charlotte Christian School his freshman season. Basketball is in Price's blood as his father, Mark Price, played in the NBA for 12 seasons and is currently the head coach for the Charlotte 49ers. Price plans to major in business.
Coach McKay: "For us to find a player of Josh's availability at such a late date is truly an incredible blessing. He has great blood lines and fits the mold of what we love about players and people. We are elated to bring Josh into our family and the future I think that he will have."
#SigningDay has officially begun for Liberty Basketball! ??Our first signee is Josh Price (@joshprice25) from Charlotte, N.C.Welcome to the Flames Family! #FlamesUp??? pic.twitter.com/onyE1uNb6k— Liberty Basketball (@LibertyMBB) November 8, 2017
#SigningDay has officially begun for Liberty Basketball! ??Our first signee is Josh Price (@joshprice25) from Charlotte, N.C.Welcome to the Flames Family! #FlamesUp??? pic.twitter.com/onyE1uNb6k