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Racers ink Gilmore, completing '17-18 class

By EDWARD MARLOWE emarlowe@paducahsun.com

Murray State men's basketball has found its 13th player.

Armed with one final scholarship heading into the 2017-18 season, third-year head coach Matt McMahon announced on Monday morning the addition of Madison-Ridgeland Academy's Devin Gilmore from Madison, Mississippi.

Listed as a 6-foot-6, 195-pound forward for the Patriots, Gilmore averaged 18.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game a year ago. In four years at Ridgeland, he eclipsed the 2,000-point mark, was named the Mississippi Independent Schools Class 4A D-I Player of the Year after his junior and senior seasons, and was a two-time Clarion Ledger Third Team All-State selection.

In a statement, Patriot Head Coach and MRA Athletic Director Richard Duease noted Gilmore has been a pivotal part of his team for all four seasons -- three in which MRA came away with state championships.

"Devin came to us in the ninth grade and he was a varsity player from the start and we won the state title that first year with him," Duease said. "Devin played inside for us, but as a senior we played him at the three and he just took off.

"His upside is tremendous. He's very coachable and I think Murray State is getting a great player. He's going to be very happy there and Murray is going to be happy with him. He said when he got to Murray on his visit, he just knew that was the right place."

Playing in Mississippi's Independent School Class 4A division, Gilmore helped the Patriots to a third state title in four seasons this past year when Ridgeland went 33-9 in the state's largest class. During his tenure at MRA, Gilmore helped his team to 135 victories. He scored 29 points and had 13 rebounds in his latest state championship game in March in a 73-42 win against Hartfield Academy.

Gilmore is the sixth addition for the Racers since the official winter signing period in November, and joins the sidelines alongside Tevin Brown, Temetrius "Ja" Morant, Leroy "Shaq" Buchanan, Anthony Smith and Brion Whitley as new faces for next year.

"Devin will bring length and elite athleticism to our group of forwards," MSU's McMahon said in a statement. "He comes from a winning program and had an outstanding high school career at MRA. We love his contagious energy and attitude and can't wait to coach him at Murray State."

Per scout.com, Gilmore held offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Missouri while garnering interest from the University of Tennessee and Texas Tech. Per verbalcommits.com, he is a two-star recruit who also held a scholarship offer from Cal State Fullerton.

2017-18 Roster

Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown

Jonathan Stark R-Sr. G 6-0 175 Munford, Tenn.

Terrell Miller, Jr. Sr. F 6-8 250 Jacksonville, Fla.

Byron Hawkins R-Jr. G 6-1 180 Ft. Washington, Md.

Leroy Buchanan Jr. G 6-3 185 Madison, Miss.

Jerami Grace Jr. G 6-3 185 Dallas, Texas

Brion Sanchious Jr. F 6-8 245 Pompano Beach, Fla.

Anthony Smith Jr. F 6-7 215 Suitland, Md.

Jachai Taylor Soph. G 6-7 190 Waukegan, Ill.

Jalen Dupree Soph. F 6-8 235 Cordova, Tenn.

Temetrius Morant Fr. G 6-2 160 Dalzell, S.C.

Brion Whitley Fr. G 6-4 170 Sarasota, Fla.

Devin Gilmore Fr. G/F 6-6 195 Madison, Miss.

Tevin Brown Fr. G 6-5 180 Fairhope, Ala.

Zach Hopewell Fr. G 6-1 175 Owensboro

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