BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College interim head coach Sean Gillespie recently announced the 2009 men's basketball signing class, adding six to the roster.
The class features four transfers, Dan Penick (Ludlow, Ky.), Darrell Jackson (Jonesboro, Ark.), Jerome Carmichael (Bridgeport, Tenn.) and Robert Amis (Hazard, Ky.) along with two high-school products, Pat Spoonamore (Dry Ridge, Ky.) and Anthony Barnes (Lexington, Ky.).
"We are pleased with this year's recruiting class," Gillespie said. "It will fill some immediate needs within the program as well as address some needs in the future."
Penick comes to Union from Pikeville (Ky.) College. The 6-foot-8 small forward will enter his junior season at Union. He played in 16 games last season and averaged 2.9 points per game with 2.0 rebounds. At Ludlow High School, he was an honorable mention all-state selection in 2006 after scoring 16.1 points per game.
Jackson, a 6-foot-3 point guard, played last season at Lincoln Trail (Ill.) College after transferring from Arkansas State University. He scored 8.0 points per game with 3.0 assists last season.
Carmichael was a starter at Cleveland State (Tenn.) Community College for two years. While there he scored 10.0 points per contest. The 6-foot-1 shooting guard played his prep career at Cocke County High School.
Amis returns to play in Kentucky after spending time at UVa-Wise. The 6-foot-2 point guard will red-shirt this season. He saw action in 27 games last season for the Cavs including five starts. Amis scored 3.2 points per contest. Before playing at UVa-Wise, Amis was a member of the Perry County Central squad.
Spoonamore attended Williamston High School and comes to Union as a shooting guard.
Barnes played at Henry Clay High School where he was a three-year starter. He will add depth as a 6-foot-5 forward.
"There is a certain level excited about the upcoming season and this class is a big part of that excitement," Gillespie added. "I am happy that they have chosen Union College to continue their education and complete their collegiate careers."
Union posted an overall record of 15-15 with a 10-8 Appalachian Athletic Conference mark in 2008-09. The Bulldogs will open the 2009-10 season on Nov. 6-7 at the Joe B. and Denny Classic in New Albany, Ind.