LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland men’s basketball coach Jeremy Lewis announced the signing of Bucyrus, Ohio, native Heath Starkey to scholarship papers for the 2018-19 academic year this week.
The 6-foot-11 Starkey graduated from Colonel Crawford High School in Bucyrus, earning First Team All-Northern 10 Conference and First Team All-District Division IV as well as Third Team All-Northwest District as a senior for coach David Sheldon. He was named an All-County All-Star Athlete by the Mansfield News Journal during his senior year.
Starkey led the Northern 10 Conference in field goal percentage (63 percent), blocks (79, 3.2 per game), rebounds (236) and rebounds per game (10.7) while averaging just over 10 points per game during his senior campaign. He redshirted last season at NCAA Division II Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.
He is the son of Brad and Karen Starkey. His grandfather, Ralph Starkey, played football and was a team captain at West Virginia, participating in the 1953 Sugar Bowl and spending one year with the New York Giants.
Starkey joins Kareem Wright (East Nashville, Tenn.), Deiontay Walters (Cincinnati, Ohio), Asher Blum (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Isaac Stephens (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) in this year’s recruiting class.