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Ohio Men’s Basketball Adds Preston To 2018-19 Signing Class

Ohio Men’s Basketball Adds Preston To 2018-19 Signing Class


ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's basketball program has added Jason Preston (Orlanda, Fla.) to its 2018-19 recruiting class, fifth-year head coach Saul Phillips announced on Tuesday (May 15) to its 2018-19 recruiting class.

Preston joins prep forwards Mason McMurray (Stow, Ohio) and Nate Springs (Charlotte, N.C.), who signed with the Bobcats as part of the early signing period of the 2018-19 recruiting class on Nov. 9, 2017, redshirt sophomore wing Connor Murrell (Sioux City, Iowa), who signed with Ohio as a transfer from Indian Hills Community College on April 17, and junior guard Antonio Cowart, Jr. (McComb, Miss.), who signed with Ohio as a transfer from Southwest Mississippi Community College on April 26. The 6-foot-4-inch, 180-pound guard will come to Ohio as a freshman with four years of eligibility remaining.

Preston spent the 2017-18 season at Believe Sports Academy, which is a college prep boarding program in Athens, Tenn. He averaged 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds per game on a squad that went 31-8 under head coach Tyson Waterman. Prior to his stint at Believe Sports Academy, Preston competed at Boone High School in his hometown of Orlando under head coach David Martinson. He also competed on the AAU circuit for TNT Elite.

"Jason's a long, athletic guard who sees the court extremely well," said Phillips. "From the first time I saw him on the film, I really liked the way that he can make those around him better."

Born Aug. 10, 1999, Preston is the son of late Judith Sewell. His guardians are Justin Morgan and Denise Morgan.

Ohio has won 67 games over the past four seasons under Phillips and made back-to-back Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinal appearances in 2016 and '17. The Bobcats advanced to the College Basketball Invitational Semifinals in 2016. Ohio has tallied 10 All-MAC selections over the last four years under Phillips. Returning for the Bobcats in 2018-19 will be senior guard Jordan Dartis (Newark, Ohio) – an All-MAC Honorable Mention selection each of the past two seasons – as well as guard Teyvion Kirk (Joilet, Ill.), who garnered MAC All-Freshman Team honors in 2017-18. Also returning for Ohio next season is forward Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio), who missed all but three games last year due to injury after earning a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team in 2016-17.


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