Ivey Returns to Columbus as CSU Completes Recruiting Class

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State head men's basketball coach Robert Moore has finalized the 2011 recruiting class with the addition of four new members. Joining Idel Bell and AJ Shepherd are Winford Ivey, Cody Wood, Sam Morgan and Dwain Edwards.

"Last year was about implementing our system, getting the players to believe in the system and to get them acclimated to how we are going to do things here at Columbus State," said Moore. "We had a few missing pieces but with the additions we have added to compliment our returners, our staff feels very confident that we can compete for a Peach Belt Conference Championship this season."

Ivey comes to CSU from Aiken Technical College in Aiken, South Carolina where he played the 2009-2010 season. At ATC, Ivey played in 28 games averaging 10.3 points and 6.2 assists per game. The season prior, Ivey played at Brevard Community College in Coco, Florida where he averaged 9.4 points per contest.

Ivey is also a former teammate of Cougar standout Steve Peterson. The duo played together at Jordan High School in Columbus where they won the 2007 state championship.

Wood will be a freshman from Milledgeville, GA where he played at John Milledge Academy. In his senior season, Wood averaged 21.7 and 7.6 rebounds per game.

"Cody gives us a great threat from the perimeter," stated Moore. "It was a high priority for us to be able to stretch the defense this coming year and Wood will allow to do just that."

Sam Morgan is a 6'6 junior college transfer from Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. There he averaged 6.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in his two seasons while leading his team to a 41-16 record.

"He is a tremendous athlete," commented Moore. "He gives us so much athletic ability at the forward spot this season. . Sam is going to be a matchup problem for opposing teams."

The final member of the class is Dwain Edwards. The Jacksonville, Florida native played junior college ball at Clinton Junior College in Rock Hill, South Carolina. With the Golden Bears, Edwards scored 12.3 points per contest while bringing down 7.7 rebounds a game.

"Dwain is very flexible. We can put him on a post players as well as guards and fell comfortable defensively," said Moore.

Columbus State finished last season 11-15 in Coach Moore's first season at the helm including seven losses by five points or less. The 2011-2012 schedule will be released later this month.