CARROLLTON, Ga. - Head coach Dave Moore announced the first recruit for the 2019-20 athletic year, as forward Keshawn Heard out of Newark, Ohio recently signed a National Letter of Intent and will become a member of the West Georgia basketball program in the 2019-20 athletic year. 

"Keshawn Heard is a 6-7, 225-lb forward who can play inside and out," said Moore. "He comes from a great high school program and had one of the best high school coaches in Ohio, Jeff Quackenbush. We are excited about Keshawn's ability to help us right away as a freshman."

Heard is currently a senior at Newark High School in Newark, Ohio, where he helped lead his squad to 46 wins and just five losses over the past two seasons. In 2017-18, Newark reached the third round of the Ohio High School state playoffs, when Heard was named Honorable Mention All-Central District as a junior. As a sophomore, he helped his squad reach the fourth round of the Ohio High School state playoffs in the 2016-17 campaign. This past summer, Heard played for Team Ohio in the U-18 JIT Junior International Championships, winning the tournament in Lissone, Italy. 

"Keshawn Heard has been an integral part of the success of the Newark Basketball Program," said Quackenbush. "During his career, we have won 2 OCC titles and compiled a record of 63-13. Keshawn is a great defender who can play inside and out. We are all excited for his senior year where he will lead a young team."

Heard will play his senior year at Newark in 2018-19 and will join the UWG squad next August when UWG students report for the 2019-20 academic year. For Moore and the 2018-19 Wolves, Gulf South Conference play begins Thursday evening on the road at Alabama Huntsville, with the first tip scheduled for 8:30 p.m. (EST).