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Winthrop basketball coach Kelsey hits the road to recruit

Winthrop men’s basketball coach Pat Kelsey was back to the airport circuit Thursday, ready to be on the ground Friday morning for a recruiting visit, as he hopes to land some players quickly to begin his rebuilding job.

Kelsey and the rest of college coaches are able to contact players face-to-face Friday at the end of the dead period in recruiting, and he said he was ready to make a quick visit today, before hosting players back home this weekend.

While he didn’t specify who he was seeing, a published report in his hometown of Cincinnati said he’s bringing in a player he’s familiar with for a visit.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Middletown (Ohio) guard Geovonie McKnight will visit Winthrop this weekend, according to his high school coach.

The 6-foot-2 shooting guard averaged 19.9 points, six rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game for Middletown. He was a third-team all-state pick in Ohio.

The report said he had other offers from Miami (Ohio) and Toledo.

Winthrop could have as many as four spots to fill, based on what the previous class of recruits does.

Fall letter-of-intent signee Jackson Trapp, who asked for his release when former coach Randy Peele was fired, has reportedly given a verbal commitment to Florida Atlantic. Fellow signee Christian Farmer is also expected to look elsewhere, though Kelsey made an effort to reach out to both as soon as he got the Winthrop job.

The school also made official the previously reported hirings of assistant coaches Mark Prosser and Brian Thornton.

Prosser’s the son of former Wake Forest and Xavier coach Skip Prosser, who most recently was the head coach at Brevard College. Thornton was an assistant at Furman last year, after serving as director of basketball operations at Xavier when Kelsey was an assistant there.