July 16, 2012
Athens, Ohio - Ohio Men's Basketball announced the addition of two new players today. 5-11 guard Javarez "Bean" Willis, a transfer from Texas Tech, and Treg Setty, a 6-9 forward who played last season at Southern Illinois have joined the Green & White.
Willis started 29 games as sophomore for Texas Tech, finishing second on the team in assists while also finishing fourth on the team in scoring at 8.1 ppg. He led the Red Raiders in scoring during contests against Wake Forest and Baylor, Oklahoma and Kansas. Willis scored a career-high 21 in a 65-47 win over the Sooners in Lubbock and led the team in assists seven times with a season-high five helpers against the Deamon Deacons. As a freshman, he played in 27 games scoring in double figures against Texas and Missouri.
In high school, Willis played for Nick Smith at Pinkston High School in Dallas and graduated in 2009. He then attended a post graduate year at Christian Life Academy in Humble, Texas, where he played for Carlos Wilson. Willis was ranked No. 12 in Texas among Class of 2009 players, including a 38-point game that included 10 three-pointers at the Denton Great American Shoot-Out.
Willis has four siblings and is the nephew of former NBA All-Star Karl Malone.
Setty transferred to Ohio following one season at Southern Illinois. He played in all 31 games for the Salukis, including 10 starts. Setty had a career-high 20-point outing against Illinois State and made his first start against Chicago State with nine points and seven rebounds.
In high school, Setty averaged 20.9 points and pulled down 8.7 rebounds a game his senior year. Named All-State and the Region 10 Player of the Year, he scored a career-high 34 points against Campbell County and surpassed 1,500 career points. After the season, he was named to the prestigious Kentucky All-Star team.
He was born in Peebles, Ohio and his older brother, Trevor, was the 2011 NAIA national tournament MVP at Pikeville College.