The brother of Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore, Wykevin Bazemore comes to the Cavaliers after serving as an assistant coach at Southern Alamance High School in Graham, N.C.
His playing career includes a professional stint in Leon, Spain, where he led the league in scoring and rebounding with an average of 23.9 and nine rebounds per game.
Bazemore played four years at Winston-Salem State and made the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association all-conference team each season. He became one of four players in CIAA history to earn all-conference recognition for four consecutive seasons.
"Wykevin brings a high level of on-the-court experience and success to our program," Mellinger said. "His playing career speaks for itself. He is a leader, a teammate, a worker and a winner. I expect that he will be equally successful as a member of our coaching staff. He will play an integral part in helping us continue to move our program forward."
VIRGINIA-WISE PLAY NOMINATED
Virginia-Wise rising senior Kaian Duverger received national attention last fall when the wide receiver leaped above a quartet of Shepherd Rams and snagged a touchdown pass one-handed in the Cavaliers' final football game of the year.
That catch is nominated for Mountain East Conference play of the year.
Duverger's catch gained national attention. ESPN picked up the video and named it the "You Got Mossed" catch of the week, and the NCAA featured it in its weekly top 10.
The catch capped an impressive year for Duverger, who had 41 receptions for 530 yards and eight touchdowns in his first season with the Cavs.
Fans can vote for Duverger's catch by going to the MEC website, mountaineast.org, and clicking on the Mountain East Conference Voting Page in the conference news section.
SPARTANS ALL-STARS HEADED TO ALICE LLOYD
Former Eastside teammates Cole Harness and Noah Rasnake will continue to be teammates on the collegiate baseball diamond.
Harness and Rasnake recently signed letters of intent to play baseball at Alice Lloyd in Pippa Passes, Ky.
Both Harness, at first base, and Rasnake, at pitcher, made the Times News All-Southwest Virginia baseball team.