SU roundup: Skyline’s Walters one of 13 to join Hornets men’s hoops

WINCHESTER – Shenandoah University head men’s basketball coach Rob Pryor announced his 2015-16 recruiting class Tuesday morning.

Pryor is adding 13 new student-athletes into his program for the 2015-16 season, including nine freshmen.

Among the four transfers is junior guard E.J. Baltimore, the son of former SU standout Eugene Baltimore ’92.

E.J. Baltimore is following in his father’s footsteps, as both started their collegiate careers at Eastern Mennonite before transferring to SU. The younger Baltimore played in 49 games at EMU over two seasons.

The two tallest players in the class, Gabriel Gonzalez and Thomas Walker, both check in at 6-foot-7.

Walker led Santa Barbara City College in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage last season on his way to All-Western State Conference honorable mention accolades.

Gonzalez was an NACA All-Tournament selection last season at Evangel Christian H.S.

The 13-man class also has a local flavor as Skyline High School grad Brandon Walters joins the SU program after earning All-Conference, All-Area and All-District honors for the Hawks.

Walters played for former SU standout Jacob Bates ’02 at Skyline.

In addition to Baltimore, the class includes six other guards.

Four of the remaining seven are forwards with Gonzalez, Walker and Walters all slated to play center.

“I am very happy with this class,” Pryor said. “We have a good blend of front and backcourt players and a good mix of freshmen and transfers.

“They are a hard-working, versatile group that is going to help us compete in the ODAC.”

Shenandoah opens its season with an exhibition at Division I Bucknell on November 13.