“I think the approach this year was definitely different,” Croci said. “We only graduated one senior, so we knew it was going to be a smaller class. It’s a little smaller than we were shooting for, but we definitely were looking for a smaller class focused on big guards.”
Wittenberg could still add to its class with freshmen or transfers, but for now, here’s a rundown on the three incoming recruits.
Hill: He was a team captain, earned an All-Ohio special mention and was named Miami Valley Conference Player of the Year the last two seasons. He's the third-leading scorer in Seven Hills history. He averaged 15.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game as a senior.
Hill was familiar with Wittenberg because he knows Rashaad Ali-Shakir, a Cincinnati Purcell Marian graduate, and James Johnson, a Cincinnati Roger Bacon graduate. Both are entering their junior years and played big roles in their first two seasons. Hill’s dad, Willie Hill, is the head coach at Seven Hills.
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“I saw Brice play last summer in AAU,” Croci said. “Really liked him from the start. He came to our elite camp in September. Got to know his family really well and saw him play quite a bit. He’s got an opportunity to be really really good. He can do a little bit of everything. He can play all the guard spots.”
Lewis: A team captain who led the Circle City Conference in 3-pointers the last two seasons, Lewis also attended Wittenberg's camp in September.
“He really loved it,” Croci said. “He’s another big guard, a really good 3-pointer, a catch-and-shoot guy. He comes from a really good high school program in Indy and just felt a good connection. He came back and saw a couple games, visited a couple more times. We were looking for another big 3-point shooter, and he will fill that mold.
Starkey: The grandson of Stan Starkey, a 1969 Wittenberg graduate who was a two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection, Starkey has twice earned All-SouthEastern Conference first-team honors. He shot 47 percent from 3-point range as a junior.
“Stan and some of his teammates reached out to me last year when Quinn was a junior,” Croci said, “so we kind of got a foot in the door. His family came down. He’s very similar to Cooper, a big guard who can really shoot it.”