Ashland University head men's basketball coach John Ellenwood has announced the signing of 2017-18 recruits Heath Starkey and Ryan Batte.
Starkey is a 6-foot-10 center from Colonel Crawford High School. A member of a sectional-winning team a season ago, Starkey goes for 10 points and seven rebounds per game.
"Heath is the tallest player I have ever recruited and seems to still be growing," Ellenwood said. "He was a guard growing up, and after going through his growth spurt, he is a skilled 6-10 inside-out player. Heath has unlimited potential, and as a coaching staff, and we can't wait to work with him.
"He plays for one of the most successful programs in the state under coach David Sheldon, who consistently has his team competing for district/regional championships. With Heath continuing to develop his senior season, they might have a team that reaches Columbus."
Batte is a 6-foot-5 guard from Cincinnati Oak Hills. He is the first player in program history to start on varsity all four seasons, and averages 16 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in the Greater Miami Conference. Batte is third-team All-Southwest Ohio District and first-team All-GMC selection.
"Ryan is a versatile playmaker with high basketball intelligence," said Ellenwood. "He plays in one of the best leagues in Ohio and is considered one of the elite basketball players in the Cincinnati area. He plays for coach Mike Price, who is considered one of the best high school coaches in the state, and will be as ready as a freshman can be to compete at the college level.
"With Ryan at the helm, Oak Hills has a chance to have a very special season."