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Pair of outstanding recruits from Florida to join talented Morehead State basketball in 2020-21


With a load of young talent set to return to the Morehead State men’s basketball program in 2020-21, the influx of new talent is superior as well.

Johni Broome, a 6-foot-10 forward, and Drew Thelwell, a 6-foot-3 guard, recently wrapped up successful senior years leading their Florida high school programs.

Broome, from Tampa Catholic, was named the Hillsborough County Player of the Year. He averaged a double-double for the season with 19.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Broome also blocked 2.2 shots per game.

Johni Broome (left) and Drew Thelwell (right) will join the Morehead State basketball team in 2020-21. (MSU photo)

“I am excited to get to MSU and play the game I love,” he said. “My goal is to get better with a good foundation around me.”

Broome’s team finished 26-6 and was ranked fifth in the Sunshine State, according to MaxPreps. He was also named to the Class 4A State All-Tournament Team.

Thelwell wrapped up his prep career at the Master’s Academy this season, leading the team to a 22-8 record and to the regional semifinals. He averaged 19 points, four assists and five rebounds per outing while hitting a respectable 34 percent from 3-point range.

He was awarded All-State by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association and was Second-Team All-Area by the Orlando Sentinel. Also the team captain, Thelwell was an all-tournament selection at the Monteverde Academy event.

Prior to playing for the Master’s, Thelwell scored more than 1,000 points in three seasons at Orangewood Christian.

“I chose Morehead State because I felt at home when I came to campus,” he said. “I had a great connection with all the coaches and my future teammates. I can’t wait to be an Eagle.”

On top of his basketball skills, Thelwell earned a first-degree black belt in taekwondo when he was nine years old and has been awarded a community service award three times.

From Morehead State University Athletics


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