July 17, 2013-Men's basketball coach Shaun Vandiver has announced the final members of his recruiting class for the 2013-14 season. Transfer McWisdom Badejo and high schoolers Tyler Jordan and Josh Pederson join high schoolers Terrence Sardin, Jevon Taylor and Jay Temaat who recently signed to attend Emporia State and play basketball for the Hornets.
"With these three young men joining the program I know that we have added three quality young men to Emporia State University," said Vandiver. "Emporia will be proud of them in the classroom and the court."
Badejo is a 6-9 center that is transferring to Emporia State from Florida A&M. He averaged 1.1 points and 1.3 rebounds for the Rattlers with a season high ten points and six rebounds against Allen. He is from Dallas, Texas and played at Timberview HS in Arlington, Texas.
"Mac has good hands, quick feet and is a very good decision-maker," said Vandiver. "His biggest challenge will be maintaining his conditioning and improving his endurance every day. Mac has a bright future and I look forward to helping him develop into the player we all knows he can be."
Jordan is a 6-3 guard from Ballwin, Mo. and played at Eurkea HS. He averaged 13.2 points, four rebounds and three assists per game as a senior for the Wildcats. He was a three-time All-Suburban West Conference and All-District performer in the St. Louis, Mo. area. He was a four year starter that led Eureka HS to conference and district championships his senior year.
"Tyler is a guard that can help run a team with or without the ball in his hands," said Vandiver. "He has had success on all levels and possesses the maturity we need on the floor. He is gym rat and has shown the ability to score the ball multiple ways."
Pederson is a 6-7 forward from Olathe, Kan. and played at Shawnee Mission South HS. He averaged 14.2 points and 8.6 rebounds for the undefeated Class 5A state champion Raiders last year. He was a first-team KBCA Class 5A All-State selection as a senior.
"Josh possesses a nice three-point shooting touch for a big man, but can also put it on the floor," said Vandiver. "The challenge for Josh is going to be continuing to physically develop that strength and weight for the collegiate level."
The Hornets were 13-14 last season, going 9-4 in White Auditorium. They return eight of their top ten scorers, all of whom started at least one game, including All-MIAA performer Kaleb Wright and MIAA All-Defensive team member Paul Bunch.