2018-19 Basketball

Bethune-Cookman hoops adds size, speed with three new recruits

Bethune-Cookman Justyn King

Bethune-Cookman basketball picked up three commitments from the state of Florida on Wednesday.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bethune-Cookman University men’s basketball Head Coach Ryan Ridder has announced that three future Wildcats have signed their National Letter of Intent (NLI) to join the BCU basketball family. All three hail from Florida and bring impressive credentials to the future of BCU basketball.

Jordan Preaster | 6’5 Guard | Orlando, Fla. | Central Florida Christian Academy

Stats and Accolades
17.8 ppg and 8.4 rpg
All-District First Team
All-Metro Conference
State Runner-Up
Played travel basketball for Team MOAM

Ridder on Jordan:
“Jordan is a very versatile guard that can play multiple positions. He has great basketball IQ and is an exceptional passer. He is a high academic kid that will be a great asset to our basketball team and university.”

Josh Marte | 5’8 Point Guard | Kissimmee, Fla. | Osceola High School

Stats and Accolades
Junior year
14 ppg, 5.1 apg, and 2.2 spg
2018 Osceola County Player of the Year
All-Orlando Sentinel Fourth Team

Sophomore year
State Champion
Osceola County First Team
All-Orlando Sentinel Honorable Mention
Played travel basketball for top Adidas team in Fla., CP25

Ridder on Josh:
“Josh has played at the highest level of high school and travel basketball. He is a state champion and flat-out winner. He knows how to make others better and will be an immediate impact for our program.”

Justyn King | 6’8 Forward | Plant City, Fla. | Plant City High School

Stats and Accolades
13.1 ppg and 8.0 rpg
First Team All-Conference
Tampa Bay Coaches Association Top 24
Surpassed 1,000 career points

Chose BCU over several offers (Canisius, Northern Arizona, Presbyterian, among others)
Played travel basketball for Showtime Ballers

Ridder on Justyn:
“Justyn is a young man that we identified early in the recruiting process and made a huge priority. He is one of the top forwards in the state and will compete for minutes right away. He is a big, physical presence around the rim who can also step out and shoot it.”

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