Ohio Signs Four Of Possible Five On Signing Day

November 9th, 2006

The Bobcats' current 2007 recruiting class includes Tommy Freeman (Muncie, Ind.), Zach Nagtzaam (Ayr, Ontario), Maurice Pearson (Silver Springs, Md.) and DeVaugh Washington (Virginia Beach, Va.).

Freeman has helped lead Muncie Central High School to the Indiana state title game in each of the past two seasons. A 6-5, 185-pound guard, Freeman knocked down three-pointers at a 45-percent rate as a junior and averaged 10.3 points. Playing guard and forward, Freeman led Central with five rebounds per game and drew a team-best 26 charges.

Nagtzaam, a native of Ayr, Ontario, will become the second player of foreign descent on the Bobcat roster next year. As a 6-11, 235-pound center, Nagtzaam averaged 20 points and nine rebounds last year to lead Southwood Secondary School to a 33-12 record. He also played on the Ontario provincial team that took home the national championship at the Canadian Summer Games and is a two-year member of the Canadian Junior National Team. Nagtzaam was one of 20 players chosen to participate in this past summer's Nike All-Canada Camp.

Pearson is young for his class - he will turn 17 at the beginning of his senior season - but already possesses a 6-9, 220-pound frame. At Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Pearson averaged 17 points and 10 rebound as a junior and was named to the Washington Post All-Metro Third Team. He also garnered All-Montgomery Conference and All-Montgomery Gazette honors.

Washington is a 6-8, 225-pound forward from Kempsville High School. Washington has averaged nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks during his prep career, including 11 points, seven boards and four blocks as a junior to earn All-Virginia Beach Second Team honors.