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June 5, 2014

Men’s basketball team adds two recruits

By Dan Levindofske

The Cleveland State University Men’s Basketball team has added two new players to its roster.

In April, Kenny Carpenter and Vinny Zollo both signed national letters of intent to join the Vikings program.

Carpenter, from Detroit started three years at Cass Tech High School.
He led his team to an 18-7 record and a No. 6 ranking in the state en route to a district title.

As a senior, Carpenter averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists at point guard.

Photo courtesy of DPS AthleticsAt 6-foot-5, he is a talented defender with the ability to create his own shot on the offensive end.

“I feel that Kenny has the potential to be an outstanding player in our program,” Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters said. “His skill level will continue to enhance, making him a dominant guard in the Horizon League in the future.”

Carpenter gained a high comfort level during the recruiting process, one of the reasons that he chose Cleveland State.

“It fits me,” Carpenter said. “I feel comfortable there.”

“I fit in with the players, and I like their system.”

Zollo, a junior transfer, played last year at Northwest Florida State College, previously attending Western Kentucky University.
Photo courtesy of NWFS Athletics

His efforts helped NWF State go 22-6 this past season and Western Kentucky get a first round win in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

“Vinny will bring versatility to our program and our front court,” Waters said. “He has the ability to play inside and outside and we really liked that he has Division I basketball playing experience, as well as experience playing in the NCAA tournament.”

Waters said the team is excited about the energy and athleticism that Zollo will bring to the front court.

Zollo announced via his Twitter account that he would be playing at Cleveland State.

“Have officially signed to Cleveland State. Great City. Excellent program. Even better people. I’m an incredibly lucky guy,” he tweeted.

Carpenter and Zollo join guard Terrell Hales (Detroit, Mich./Douglas) and forward Jonothan Janssen (Queensland, Australia/Mt. Zion Prep) in this year’s recruiting class.
Carpenter has four years of eligibility while Zollo has two.