Three months later, May has done exactly that.
On Friday FAU announced the signing of 10 players in its 2018 signing class. With forward Amir Smith recently electing to leave the Owls, FAU only has three players remaining from last year’s squad – guard Anthony Adger, forward Jailyn Ingram, and forward Simeon Lepichev – on its roster.
May’s first signing class is comprised of four high school signees, three junior college signees, two undergraduate transfers and one graduate transfer.
“Overall, this class will add length, athleticism, the ability to play multiple positions and especially shooting.” May said in a release issued by the school.“It’s also a balanced class in terms of experience. That should give our roster some continuity in the future. We wanted to add depth to our roster and we feel like we’ve hit a home run with this class. All of these young men come from winning programs. We want to create a culture of success. The best way to do that is to bring in recruits that know what it takes to win and we feel like we’ve done that with this class.”
The 2018 FAU Basketball Signing Class
Michael Forrest (6-0, G): Led Pompano Beach-Ely to its fifth state title in seven years last season while averaging 26 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals per game.
Jaylen Sebree (6-7, F): Played high school ball at Kentucky’s Christian County where he averaged 16.9 points and 8.5 rebounds as a senior. Spent last year at IMG Academy in Bradenton. Is eligible to play immediately.
Kevaughn Ellis (6-4, G): An athletic wing players originally from Hamilton, Canada, who played at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Ellis averaged 10.4 points and 3.3 rebounds a game as a senior.
Madiaw Niang (6-9, F): Originally from Senegal, played at DME Sports Academy in Daytona Beach and is eligible to play immediately. Can be a perimeter player or slide into the post. Expected to play immediately.
Richardson Maitre (6-3, G): Averaged 8.7 points, 3.5 assists and 2.7 rebounds for Indian Hills Community College as a freshman, helping the Warriors to a Region 11 title and NJCAA Tournament appearance. Didn’t play last season because of a foot injury. Can play point or shooting guard for the Owls.
Everett Winchester (6-6, G): Averaged 8.0 points and 3.8 rebounds last year while helping Wright State to a NCAA Tournament appearance as a redshirt freshman. Will sit out the 2018-19 season in compliance with NCAA transfer rules. Once eligible, will play on the wing.
Karlis Silins (6-11, C): Transfer from Mississippi, where injury limited him to only eight games. Will likely have to sit out at least the first semester of the 2018-19 season, but could petition the NCAA to have the transfer rule lifted.
Cedric Jackson (6-3, G): Shooting guard who spent the last two seasons at Indian River State College. Expected to make an immediate impact for the Owls.
Aleksander Zecevic (6-10, C): Spent last year at San Jacinto College where he averaged 6.2 points and 5.3 rebounds a game for the Ravens, who won 19 games and advanced to the Region XIV Tournament. Is eligible to play immediately, giving the Owls a physical presence in the post.
Xavian Stapleton (6-7, F): A graduate transfer from Mississippi St., Stapleton began his college career at Louisiana Tech, where May was on the coaching staff. Averaged 6.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in his two years as a Bulldog.