ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's basketball program has added forward Kevin Mickle (Brooklyn, N.Y.) as a graduate student transfer from Florida Gulf Coast for the 2017-18 season, as announced by fourth-year head coach Saul Phillips on Tuesday (Sept. 12).
Mickle is eligible immediately to play his one season for the Bobcats.
"Kevin is an athletic, versatile player," said Phillips. "Defensively, he can guard a lot of different positions. He brings experience to a squad that has four freshmen on it. He's tasted success in college. He's been part of a good program."
Mickle played the last two seasons at Florida Gulf Coast, playing in 63 games for the Eagles and averaging 2.0 points (128 points), 2.4 rebounds (150 rebounds), 0.3 steals (19 steals), 0.2 blocks (15 blocks) and 11.5 minutes (725 minutes). He emerged as the Eagles' best defensive player as a redshirt junior in 2016-17, starting five of the 32 games he played in, averaging 1.9 points (62 points), a career-high 2.7 rebounds (87 rebounds), a career-high 0.4 steals (12 steals), a career-high 0.3 blocks (11 blocks) and a career-high 12.6 minutes (402 minutes). He helped guide the Eagles to 47 victories over the last two years and a pair of NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship berths as Florida Gulf Coast captured back-to-back Atlantic Sun Conference tournament titles. As a No. 16 seed in 2016, Florida Gulf Coast rolled to a 96-65 win over Farleigh Dickinson in the First Four of the NCAA tournament before falling to No. 1-seeded North Carolina in first-round action.
Mickle transferred to Florida Gulf Coast after spending the 2014-15 campaign at Broward College, which is a junior college located in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Starting in all 29 games for the Seahawks, he averaged 13.6 points (394 points) and 9.5 rebounds per game (275 rebounds) while leading the team in field goal percentage (54.7; 164-of-300), total rebounds, offensive rebounds (121) and blocks (48; 1.7 blocks per game). He closed out the year ranking 10th in the nation with 4.2 offensive rebounds per game. Mickle assisted Broward to a 22-8 record as the team reached as high as a No. 3 ranking in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 8 Poll.
Mickle's collegiate career began at Central Connecticut State, where he utilized a redshirt year before moving on to Broward.
Mickle played his high school career at St. Benedict's Preparatory in New Jersey, where he was one of six players on the 2012-13 team who signed with NCAA Division I teams. He was a teammate of former Syracuse star and current Los Angeles Lakers point guard Tyler Ennis.
Born on July 3, 1993, Mickle is the son of Percina Mickle and has a brother, Gary. Mickle graduated from Florida Gulf Coast in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in communications. He will pursue a master's degree in coaching education at Ohio.
Ohio enters its fourth season under the direction of Phillips in 2017-18. Phillips has led the Bobcats to 53 wins over the past three seasons.
Ohio is coming off a 20-11 (11-7 MAC) 2016-17 season in which it recorded 20 overall wins for the second year in a row and achieved a second-straight 11-win Mid-American Conference campaign. The Bobcats locked down the No. 2 seed in the 2017 MAC Tournament presented by VisitMyrtleBeach.com for the second year in a row, earning a bye to the quarterfinals. Ohio topped No. 7-seeded Toledo in the quarters, 67-66, before falling to No. 6-seed and eventual tournament champion Kent State, 68-66, in the league semifinals.
The Bobcats will play in front of their fans for the first time in 2017-18 on Nov. 4 with a 3:30 p.m. ET home exhibition game against Capital. Ohio opens the regular season on Nov. 11 against Alabama A&M. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.