FAIRMONT — As the inaugural season of the American Basketball Association’s (ABA) West Virginia Wildcatz approaches, owner Antjuan Washington has announced that the team’s roster and coaching staff have been finalized.
All of the Wildcatz’s home games will be played at Fairmont State University and fans will have the opportunity to see many familiar faces take the court.
Of the 13-man final roster, nine of the players hail from West Virginia and six have Marion County ties.
The team’s first signee, Jonathan Logan, is a 6-foot-4 small forward and is a Fairmont Senior graduate.
Joining Logan will be 6-foot-1 shooting guard Rashon Brock from Fairmont, 5-foot-11 point guard Michael Parker from White Hall, Jevon Tuner, a 5-foot-10 shooting guard from Fairmont, 6-foot-1 shooting guard Dajuan Braxton from Fairmont and 6-foot-8 power foward/center Rashod Kent from Fairmont.
Clarksburg’s Steven Collins will play power forward for the Wildcatz and will be joined by Morgantown’s Jay Fletcher, a guard/forward, Bryant Irwin, a power forward/center and Chris Young, a forward.
Out-of-state players on the team include forward Julian Thompson from Greensburg, Pennsylvania, as well as guard Jordan Lunz and forward Jermaine Copleand from Pittsburgh.
Fairmont native Don Petteway is the team’s general manager and played a major role in hand-picking the roster from players who attended an open tryout at Fairmont State as well as the ABA combine in Pittsburgh.
The coaching and training staff of the Wildcatz is made up of three Pittsburgh natives including head coach Warren Wilson, assistant coach Dwayne Morris and skills and endurance training specialist Michael Mahon.