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Wildcats’ Men’s Basketball Begins 2012 Recruiting Class With Signing of Almon, Cubbage and Kates

Monday, June 4, 2012 - New Castle, DE

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Tajee Almon from Gloucester High School (Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer)



Roosevelt Cubbage from Paul VI in Haddonfield, N.J. (Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer)



Junior transfer Prophet Kates from Monroe College

In preparation for the 2012-13 season, Wilmington University men’s basketball head coach Mike Gallagher announced the addition of two standout high school players and one transfer that will compete for the Wildcats starting in with the academic school year in the fall.

Gallagher, entering his fourth year at the helm of the Wildcats, welcomes Tajee Almon, Roosevelt Cubbage and Prophet Kates to begin the 2012 recruiting class.

Almon comes from Gloucester High School in New Jersey and is a 6-5 athlete that can play both as a guard and a small forward. As the team’s tallest player in high school, Almon needed to play inside, but will look to move away from the basket next season with Wilmington.

Gallagher won’t hesitate to have Almon under the basket, however, as he accumulated 100 blocks as a senior last season at Gloucester. He also averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds a game for a team that went 12-15 overall with Almon and one other player having varsity experience heading into the campaign. He was named to the First Team All-Tri County Conference as a senior, after earning second team honors the year before.

A member of the Quill and Scroll National Honor Society for Journalism, Almon will take his 3.6 GPA and continue his studies with a sports marketing major starting in the fall.

“Tajee has a tremendous upside to him, he is getting better every day,” said Gallagher. “He is extremely athletic and can play multiple positions on the court. Tajee does it in the classroom as well as on the basketball court.”

Gallagher went with another big man out of high school in Cubbage, a 6-7 senior from Paul VI Catholic High School in Haddonfield, N.J. Cubbage is projected to play both the power forward and center positions for the Wildcats.

A part of two consecutive Olympic Conference National Division title teams at Paul VI, Cubbage averaged 12 points per game as a senior and was named a Second Team All-Courier Post selection. According to NJHoops.com, Cubbage is ranked in the top 40 players in the state of New Jersey. He also played in the New Jersey State All-Star Game this past year.

“One of the best high school post players available this year, we are excited with someone with Roosevelt’s abilities coming to Wilmington. Roosevelt’s best basketball is ahead of him.”

Kates will join the Wildcat program after playing a year at Victor Valley Community and most recently one season at Monroe College in Bronx, N.Y. A member of NJCAA Region XV for junior colleges, Kates was a member of this year’s Mustangs team that placed fifth at the national tournament.

Although he only started one game this past season, the 6-1 guard from Newark, N.J. played in 24 games for the Mustangs who won the Regional and District Championship as well as spent most of the year ranked as the top team in the country.

Spotted at a show case in Elizabeth, N.J., Gallagher was impressed with his outside range and experience he brings to the court. Prophet was his high school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,308 points and the team’s MVP his senior year. He holds the school record for three-pointers in one game.

“Prophet is another that does it in the classroom as well as the basketball court. He is a very good three point shooter that comes from a very good program. His work ethic will be a valued addition to our program.”

The three student-athletes are a start to the 2012 recruiting class and can be sign when the Wildcats open their season in early November.