Mocs Land JUCO All-American
Ridge McKeither slams it home.
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The fourth member of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s basketball team 2008-09 signing class is first team Junior College All-American forward Ridge McKeither.  McKeither is a 6-5, 240-lb., forward out of North Dakota State College of Science.

 

Ridge averaged 17.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.2 steals per game this past season for the Wildcats.  He shot 55.0 percent from the field, 55.6 from three-point range and 66.9 percent from the free throw line.  McKeither was also named to the All-Region and All-Conference first teams, as well as being named Mon-Dak Conference Player of the Year.

 

McKeither led the Wildcats to a 31-4 record and a Region XIIII Championship with an appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchison, Kan.  He is the No. 19 ranked JUCO prospect this season.

 

“Ridge is a winner,” said Head Coach John Shulman.  “He is a phenomenal addition to our basketball team.  He can score it, he can rebound it, he can defend it.

 

“He is the highest level guy we have signed here.”

 

He started his career at Kilgore Junior College in Texas where he averaged 16.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game shooting 60.2 percent from the field earning honorable mention All-America and first team All-Region honors.

 

Coming out of George Washington High School in Danville, Va., McKeither was team MVP as a junior and senior receiving first team all-state honors as a senior leading GWHS to the state tournament.

 

McKeither is the third signee of the spring period joining forward DeAntre Jefferson (6-8, 240) and wing Troy Cage (6-5, 185).  The Mocs signed one in the fall period, guard Josh Odem (6-5, 170) from Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tenn.
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