AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta University men's basketball team signed freshman guard Troy Cracknell out of Huntersville, N.C., to compete in the 2017-18 season. Head coach Dip Metress announced his newest addition for the upcoming season on Friday, June 30.
- Name: Troy Cracknell
- Year: Freshman
- Position: Guard
- Height: 6-4
- Weight: 187
- Hometown: Huntersville, N.C.
- Previous School: Lake Norman Charter School
"Troy is a versatile wing player that has the ability to defend and rebound from the wing spot," Metress said. "He was able to lead his high school team to a regular season and conference championship and we like the fact that he has a winning pedigree."
Cracknell graduated from Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville, N.C., where he averaged 18.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in 29 games played during his senior season in 2016-17. He helped his team to a 21-8 record in his senior season while reaching the third round of the playoffs and winning a regular season and conference championship. The Herald Weekly named him the Boys Basketball Player of the Year in 2017.
Cracknell finished his high school career at LNC with 1,116 points, third best in school history. He posted 539 points during the 2016-17 campaign to set a new single season school record.
About Augusta Men's Basketball
The Augusta University men's basketball team is led by head coach Dip Metress. On May 10, 2004, Metress was introduced as the fifth head coach in program history. He previously led the Belmont Abbey Crusaders (1996-04) and was an assistant for the Augusta Jaguars under Clint Bryant (1989-95). He has never had a losing season in his 14 seasons at the helm of the Jaguars. A two-time Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year, Metress and the Jags hosted five straight NCAA Regional Tournaments from 2007-11 and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight three seasons in a row. He was named the South Atlantic Coach of the Year in 2007, the Southeast Region Coach of the Year in 2009, and the NABC Southeast District Coach of the Year in 2011.
Augusta men's hoops has retired four numbers in its 52-year history: Ben Madgen (1), Keshun Sherrill (10), Tyrekus 'AJ' Bowman (23), and Keenan Mann (32). The Jaguars have reached the NCAA tournament 11 times and won their region three times.
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