UCF officially announced it signed JUCO transfer Eugene McCrory and Norcross (Ga.) point guard Brandon Goodwin to its 2013 recruiting class.
McCrory and Goodwin join guard Steven Haney (Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas) and center Justin McBride (Starke Bradford) to round out the recruiting class.
"Both Eugene and Brandon are winners,” UCF coach Donnie Jones said in a statement. “Eugene helped his team win the junior college national championship and Brandon led his team to the Georgia state championship. With this class, we were able to bring in size with Eugene and Justin, shooting with Steven and a point guard in Brandon."
McCrory, a 6-foot-8, 260-pound forward, was named the most valuable player of the NJCAA tournament after leading the College of Central Florida to the national championship. McCrory averaged 17.1 points and 6.5 rebounds this season and will provide a boost to the Knights, which lost senior Keith Clanton, a star forward in the last four seasons with UCF.
McCrory shot 69.6 percent from the field, ranking second in the country among JUCO players.
"Eugene had a spectacular season," Jones said in the statement. "We love his ability to score on the block and run the offense through him. He has a great basketball IQ and will give us some needed depth inside following the loss of Keith Clanton.”
Goodwin, who committed last weekend after a late visit to UCF, guided Norcross to the Georgia 6A state championship and was named the Georgia Sportswriters Association 6A Player of the Year.
The 6-foot, 175-pound guard averaged 15.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists, and is expected to compete immediately for the Knights at point guard. That should allow more freedom for guards Isaiah Sykes and Calvin Newell.
"Brandon has great quickness and athleticism,” Jones said in the statement. “He has the ability to score and also the poise to run a team. Brandon is a great fit for our system at point guard and is part of our building a foundation for the future.”