WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– New UNCW men’s basketball coach Kevin Keatts has added three players to the Seahawk program.
Point guards Malik Pugh (Dyer County HS/Dyersville, Tenn.) and Jordan Talley (Fishburne Military Academy/Richmond, Va.) will be eligible in 2014-15. Shooting guard Jarvis Haywood (Harding HS/Charlotte, N.C.) is a transfer from Jacksonville and will sit out the 2014-15 campaign.
“We’re very pleased to have these three young men as the cornerstone of what we’re trying to build here,” said Keatts, who took over the helm of the program in early April. “They each have different strengths and will be able to contribute in their own way. We’re looking forward to working with them this summer and watching them as they grow and improve in the years to come.”
The 6-1, 165-pound Pugh was a two-year starter at Dyer County High School and took the Choctaws to the TSSAA state championship game in his junior season. He averaged 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 rebounds for Coach Derek McCord’s team last year.
A point guard by nature, Pugh can also score. The lightning-quick performer poured in 47 points – with three minutes still remaining in the third quarter – in the 2013-14 season opener for Dyer County. He also had 33 points in a 78-69 loss to national power Chicago Simeon and 31 points against Harrisburg en route to MVP honors in the Penny Hardaway Hoopfest.
Pugh led Dyer County to an 18-3 record. He played last summer with local AAU club Flight 22 and represents the ninth NCAA Division I prospect in the last three years for the club.
A Richmond native, Talley collected 12.3 points and 4.2 assists as a combo guard in his senior year at Henrico High School and propelled the Warriors to the 2013 Virginia High School League Group AAA state championship.
Last year, the 6-0, 180-pound Talley attended Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Va., and served as the point guard for a team loaded with talent. Fishburne and Coach Ed Huckaby, Jr., went 25-7 and lost in the quarterfinals of the national prep school championships
Talley led Fishburne in minutes played and served as a team captain for the Caissons.
Haywood, a 6-4, 185-pound scorer, averaged 16.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Dolphins, shooting 50.9 percent overall and 41.3 percent from three-point range. He earned Second-Team All-Atlantic Sun honors after reaching double figures 23 times in 26 appearances last season.
Haywood is capable of putting up some big numbers on the offensive end of the floor. He poured in a season-high 29 points in an 86-82 loss at North Florida on Jan. 17, draining 11-for-16 from the field.
Haywood led the Dolphins in minutes per game at 30.2 and scored more than 20 points six times, including 23 and 28 points against East Tennessee State in two games last year.
UNCW’s 2014-15 Men’s Basketball Recruits
Malik Pugh, 6-1, 165, Point Guard, Dyer County High School, Dyersburg, Tenn.
Jordan Talley, 6-0, 180, Point Guard, Fishburne Military School (Henrico HS), Richmond, Va.
Jarvis Haywood, 6-4, 185, Shooting Guard, Jacksonville (Harding HS), Charlotte, N.C.