Xavier announces three grad transfers officially to join basketball team
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Xavier University head coach Travis Steele announced on Tuesday that he has received signed Athletic Financial Aid Agreements from three graduate transfers who will be eligible to play for the Musketeers in the 2018-19 season:
- 6-4 guard Kyle Castlin from Columbia.
- 6-10 center Zach Hankins from Ferris State.
- 6-9 forward Ryan Welage from San Jose State.
All three players have one season of eligibility remaining.
"I am excited to welcome Kyle, Zach and Ryan, three veteran players,” said Steele. “They add to our experience, skill and leadership both on and off the court."
Castlin averaged 10.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game this past season at Columbia, although injuries limited him to 17 games, including five starts. Castlin played in 76 games in three seasons for the Lions, including 48 starts. He got a little taste of BIG EAST action last season when he contributed 10 points, six rebounds and four assists in a 75-60 loss at Villanova. He scored a career-high 22 points last season in a win over Princeton and again in a two-point loss at Dartmouth.
“Kyle is good on both sides of the floor,” said Steele. “He can be a terrific defender within our system, and he also brings an ability to score the ball.”
Hankins, the 2018 NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) and Division II Bulletin National Player of the Year, led Ferris State to a 38-1 record and the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championship. Hankins, the two-time GLIAC (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) Player of the Year and two-time NABC Division II All-American, averaged 15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game this past season while shooting 63.0 percent from the field.
“Zach is going to bring an interior presence for our team both offensively and defensively,” said Steele. “He does a great job of protecting the rim, and he will give us some skill along the front court.”
Welage, a 2017-18 All-Mountain West honorable mention selection, is a two-time Academic All-Mountain West honoree and a 2018 CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII honoree. Welage scored 1,258 points in his three seasons at San Jose State, ranking third on the school’s all-time scoring list. He is San José State’s all-time leader in made 3-point baskets with 161. Welage finished fourth in the Mountain West in scoring this past season at 18.1 points per game, while leading the league in free-throw accuracy at 87.7 percent (100-of-114).
“Ryan is an incredible shooter from the wing position,” said Steele. “He can really stretch the floor and create space on the floor. He has a knack for scoring.”
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