TROY, Ala. – The Troy men’s basketball program and head coach Phil Cunningham have announced its 2014 signing class. The signing class consists of eight players, including local standout Wesley Person, Jr.
The group of newcomers includes four from the high school ranks, three from junior college and one NCAA Division I transfer, and will look to fill the void left by Troy’s senior class of six.
Troy also brings back two student-athletes who sat out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules, in 6-foot-7 John Walton and 6-foot-8 Jaro Moravek.
Musa Abdul-Aleem – 6’ 5” – 220 – Atlanta, Ga. – South Florida
Abdul-Aleem played in 27 games during his two seasons at South Florida, after battling a series of injuries. He averaged 3.9 points per game and 1.5 rebounds per contest and graduated from USF in December with a degree in leadership studies. Abdul-Aleem began his collegiate career at Georgia Perimeter College, where he was named the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Freshman of the Year in 2011. The Atlanta native led the Jaguars in scoring that season at 14.7 points per game, was named first team all-region and was a member of the all-tournament team. Abdul-Aleem sat out his second season at Georgia Perimeter and is eligible to play for the Trojans immediately with one year of eligibility remaining.
Aaron Ariri – 6’ 8” – 210 – Brampton, Ontario, Canada – PHASE1 Academy
Ariri joined the Trojans in January after spending the first half of the season with PHASE1 Academy in Phoenix, Ariz. A native of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, Ariri played his senior season of high school ball for legendary coach Bob Hurley at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, N.J. A versatile 6-foot-8 forward, Ariri also played for Grassroots Canada AAU program, which has two current alumni playing in the NBA in Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph.
Chris Bilbo – 6’ 2” – 175 – Jackson, Miss. – Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Bilbo, a two-time All-MACJC selection, joins the Trojans after two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. There, Bilbo helped lead the Bulldogs to a 19-7 overall record during his sophomore season. Bilbo averaged 13.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game and also led the team with 4.5 assists per contest during the 2013-14 season. He was selected to play for the South team in the MACJC All-Star game, where he scored 20 points and helped guide his team to the win. Bilbo was a prep standout at Forest Hill High School in Jackson, Miss., where he was named to the Clarion Ledger’s “Dandy Dozen team,” which recognizes the top 12 players in the state. Bilbo comes to Troy with two years of eligibility remaining.
Christian Harrison – 6’ 5” – 180 – Atlanta, Ga. – Woodward Academy
Harrison signed with the Trojans after a solid prep career at Woodward Academy in College Park, Ga. A 6-foot-5 small forward, Harrison averaged 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks per game during his senior season, helping lead Woodward to a 19-10 record and a trip to the Georgia AAA state playoffs. Harrison will provide a strong presence for the Trojans on the wing as he is known for his exceptional athleticism and leaping ability.
Jeremy Hollimon – 6’ 1” – 175 – Gulfport, Miss. – Pearl River CC
Hollimon led the Wildcats with 15.2 points per game last season, helping lead the team to an 18-8 overall record, including a trip to the Region 23 Tournament finals where they fell to the eventual NJCAA National Champion Jones County Community College. A 6-foot-1 guard, Hollimon also averaged 3.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the free throw line on his way to All-MACJC first team honors. As a senior at Gulfport (Miss.) High School, he led the team to a 29-5 record and a trip to the Mississippi 6A Final Four, averaging 17 points per game. Hollimon comes to Troy with two years of eligibility remaining.
Damion Ottman – 6’ 8” – 220 – Macon, Ga. – Westside High School
Ottman played his high school ball at Westside High School in Macon, Ga., where he was named to the Georgia Region 2 AAAA All-Region team as a senior. Ottman averaged 11.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and recorded eight double-doubles during his senior season. A 6-foot-8 forward, Ottman averaged 8.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game over his varsity career, improving his numbers each season. Ottman becomes the first Troy signee from the hometown of current Trojan assistant coach Marcus Grant.
Wesley Person, Jr. – 6’ 3” – 180 – Brantley, Ala. – Brantley High School
Person, the son of former NBA and Auburn star Wesley Person, Sr., will join the Trojans in 2014-15 after an incredible career at Brantley High School. Last season, Person averaged 31.8 points, eight rebounds and two steals per game, leading his team to the regional final and earning Alabama 1A Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season. Although Brantley lost in the regional final, Person was sensational, scoring a career-high 55 points. He scored more than 40 points four times and had 16 games with at least 30 points during his senior season. Person had a tremendous high school career as he finished with 2,194 points and led Brantley to the state championship game during his junior season.
Oskars Reinfelds – 6’ 4” – 205 – Riga, Latvia – Pensacola State College
Reinfelds joins the Trojans after spending last season at Pensacola State College where he averaged 9.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for the Pirates. Reinfelds earned second team All-Panhandle Conference honors while helping his team take a share of the conference regular season title. Prior to his time in Pensacola, Reinfelds spent one season at the University of Portland where he averaged 4.1 points per game and shot 34 percent from the 3-point line while playing 16 minutes per game. Reinfelds, a native of Riga, Latvia, spent his prep years at the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain and also competed for the Latvian Under-18 National Team at the 2011 European National Championships. Reinfelds comes to Troy with two years of eligibility remaining.