JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Following a successful 2017-18 campaign that saw the Jacksonville University men's basketball program win its first postseason contest in eight years, Head Coach Tony Jasick finalized the 2018 recruiting class.
In addition to Donovan Forte, who signed his NLI in November, the Dolphins added Tyreese Davis, KJ Fitzgerald, DeAnthony McCallum and Bryce Workman to the roster during the spring signing period.
"We are very excited about this incoming class," Jasick said. "We feel like each one of these players address a need for our team and can impact our team immediately."
Tyreese Davis | Wing | Grandview, Mo. | Link Year Preparatory School
A native of Grandview, Mo., Davis becomes the fourth member of his family to play collegiate basketball, joining his father (Baylor & Kansas State) and two brothers (Austin Peay & Jacksonville State). The 6-6, 190-pound guard spent his high school playing career at Grandview HS, before finishing at Link Year Preparatory School in Branson, Mo. last season. As a member of the Grandview Bulldogs, he was named First-Team All-Suburban Blue Conference his sophomore and junior campaigns, earning First-Team All-State accolades with the Missouri Coaches Association Class 4A during the latter. Coached by Roberto Bergersen and Adam Donyes at Link Prep, he took home MVP honors at the prestigious Central Post Graduate League Tournament. A member of the Kansas City RUN GMC AAU program under Coach LJ Goolsby, he averaged 11.8 PPG and 4.9 RPG.
"We feel like we've added athleticism and scoring with Tyreese. He comes from a great basketball family, and will have a great career at JU." – Coach Jasick
KJ Fitzgerald | G | West Palm Beach, Fla. | Sunrise Christian Prep School
The No. 25 ranked prospect in the state of Florida out of high school, Fitzgerald comes to the River City following a successful prep year. The 6-0, 155-pound guard spent last season at Sunrise Christian Prep School in Wichita, Kan. under coaches Achoki Moikobu and Luke Barnwell, earning a spot at the All-National Prep School Invitational in Providence, R.I. Before joining the Buffaloes, he was a 1000 point scorer at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach. Fla. under Coach Tavarus Harris. Leading the Crusaders to the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 4A Championship Game in 2015, Fitzgerald was a three-time First-Team All-County selection by the Sun Sentinel, and was a member of the paper's "Fab 5" list his junior and senior seasons. Earning Second and First-Team Class 5A All-State honors in 2016 and 2017 respectively, he averaged 24.0 PPG and 8.0 APG his senior season.
"KJ had a terrific high school career at Cardinal Newman, followed by a season at one of the most respected prep schools in the country at Sunrise. We're excited about what he brings to the table as a true point guard." – Coach Jasick
Donovan Forte | PF/C | Garfield Heights, Ohio | Garfield Heights High School
A native of suburban Cleveland, Ohio, Forte becomes the second Garfield Heights HS alumnus on the JU roster, joining junior Dave Bell. The 6-6, 215-pound PF/C averaged 11.0 PPG and 7.0 RPG his season, leading the perennial powerhouse Bulldogs to a 15-6 record under former "Mr. Basketball" in the state of Ohio, Sonny Johnson.
"Donovan has had a really good senior year on and off the court. As he continues to improve, his size and athleticism will be an asset to our team." – Coach Jasick
DeAnthony McCallum | Wing | Cincinnati, Ohio | Independence Community College
McCallum comes to Jacksonville following a two-year stint at Independence Community College in Independence, Kan. under Coach Tony Turner. Helping the Pirates to an 18-13 record last season, the 6-3, 185-pound Wing earned First-Team All-Jayhawk Conference and Second-Team All-Region VI honors, ranking second in the league with 18.5 PPG. The top free-throw shooter in the Jayhawk Conference last year (83 %, 180-215), he finished his career with 909 points in two seasons, dropping 41 points in a playoff matchup against Northwest Tech. McCallum averaged 20. PPG and 4.3 RPG at Anderson High School in Cincinnati his senior season under Coach Chris DeLotell, leading the squad to a 14-9 record and earning Eastern Cincinnati Conference Player of the Year.
"DeAnthony continues to improve. Coming off a stellar sophomore year where he was named First-Team All-Jayhawk, we're excited about adding his scoring to our team. Coming in as a junior, he is going to be relied on as a leader as well." – Coach Jasick
Bryce Workman | C | Tampa, Fla | Sickles High School
The son of 10-year NBA veteran and current referee Haywoode Workman, Workman is a former state champion from Tampa, Fla. The 6-8, 238-pound center stared at Sickles High School, leading the Gryphons to the 2017 FHSAA Class 8A Title his junior season. As a senior, he averaged 19.8 PPG and 13.3 RPG, and was named the Western Conference American Division Player of the year, as well as a Hills County Top-24 All Star. His AAU career was spent as a member of E1T1, Florida's premier Nike program. Joining Jalyn Hinton, Corey Romich and Aamahne Santos as EYBL participants on the Dolphins' roster, he put up 6.0 PPG and 3.0 RPG, ranking top 20 in the league in FG percentage (59.5 %).
"Bryce adds size and skill to our team. Having won a state championship under Renaldo Garcia, he understands what it takes to win at a high level. We're excited about what Bryce will bring to our team over the next four years." – Coach Jasick