FAIRMONT—A pair of Division I transfers and four high school stars will be joining an already experienced roster which includes five seniors and nine returning players as Fairmont State basketball recently announced their 2020 recruiting class.
Zyon Dobbs (6-3, 195, Guard, Fairmont, WV/Fairmont Senior High School/James Madison University) transfers to Fairmont State after playing one season at Division I James Madison in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He appeared in 17 games as a freshman and totaled 115 minutes, 23 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, and nine steals during his lone season there. He scored a career-high nine points to add to his four assists and five steals against Shenandoah on November 13th.
A former star at Fairmont Senior, Dobbs’ stellar play earned him 1st-Team All-State honors on three separate occasions while a member of the Polar Bears. He averaged 16.8 points, 6.2 assists, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game as a senior at FSHS. During his career, he scored over 1,000 points and totaled 500 assists while lead Fairmont Senior to a pair of Class AA state championships and two additional Class AA title game appearances.
Brendan Paul (6-2, 175, Guard, Shaker Heights, OH/Hawken High School, Brewster Academy/Syracuse University) played two seasons at Division I Syracuse before transferring to Fairmont State. Paul appeared in 17 games for the Orange over the past two seasons. In a game against Pitt in February, he scored three points and pulled down one rebound and also saw action in four exhibition games during an international tour of Italy while playing for Syracuse.
Prior to walking on for the Orange, Paul helped lead Brewster Academy to a 26-7 record and a National Prep School Championship Game appearance in 2018.
Paul was a standout guard and a dangerous three-point shooter at Hawken High School in Ohio before his time at Brewster. During his career there, he was named team MVP following both his junior and senior seasons and he set a single-season school record for three pointers made in 2016 with 70. He matched that total again the very next season. During his time at Hawken, Paul led the Hawks to a pair of Chagrin Valley Conference championships in both 2016 and 2017. During his senior season, Paul averaged 14.2 points per game and earned Honorable Mention All-State accolades.
Ade Jenkins (6-8, 245, Forward, Virginia Beach, VA/Portsmouth Christian School) was a three-year star for Portsmouth Christian in Virginia. The 6-8, 245-pound forward averaged a double-double during both his junior and senior seasons and ranked second in the Metro Conference in scoring with 18.3 points per game as a senior. Jenkins was a 2nd-Team All-State selection as a senior and earned 1st-Team AllConference honors after both his junior and senior seasons. He averaged 18.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game as a senior, and 13 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior. As a senior, he helped Portsmouth to its first-ever conference championship and state tournament appearance while advancing to the second round of the state tournament. Jenkins finished his career with over 1,200 career points.
Andrew Mills (6-5, 215, Guard, Owings Mills, MD/New Town High School) was a 1,000-point scorer for New Town High School and averaged 15 points and seven rebounds per game during his career there. He was named Baltimore County Player of the Year and was a USA Today Maryland 1st-Team selection as a junior in 2019. He also added a 1st-Team Baltimore County Division I honor in 2019 and a 2nd Team All-
County honor this past season as a senior. Mills helped lead the Titans to Baltimore County championships in 2019 and 2020 and added a Regional championship during his senior season this past March.
Trey Washenitz (6-4, 175, Guard, Fairmont, WV/Fairmont Senior High School) earned 2nd-Team AllCounty honors after he averaged 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as a senior at Fairmont Senior. He also helped lead the Polar Bears to two Class AA State Championship game appearances during his career. His parents, Frank and Terri Washenitz, both played basketball at Fairmont State University.
Seth Goins (5-11, 165, Guard, Morgantown, WV/Trinity Christian School) scored 500 points during his senior season at Trinity Christian, averaging 20 points, five assists, and two steals last season. Following his senior season, Goins earned 1st-Team All-Conference and 3rd-Team All-State honors after leading the Warriors to a Regional Finals appearance in 2020. Goins spent his first three seasons at Morgantown High School before transferring to Trinity Christian last season.
“This year’s class will bolster an experienced roster that went 23-7 and earned the #5 seed in the Atlantic Regional a season ago,” said Koenig. “We are very happy with what we have been able to do in recruiting this season. All these guys fit areas that we needed to address for the upcoming season and our depth will allow us to go deeper into the bench this season. But even more than that, these guys will bring cohesion to our locker room and really have bought into our team concept.”