|East Mississippi lands two more men's basketball recruits|
SCOOBA – Starkville’s Chris Brand and Jonathan King of Panama have become the most recent men’s basketball signees for East Mississippi Community College, as announced this week by EMCC men’s basketball coach Mark White.
A 6-foot-9, 235-pound center, Brand was rated by MagonliaPreps.com as the state’s fifth-best prospect for the Class of 2009 heading into the 2008-09 campaign. He averaged around eight points and nine rebounds per game as a junior at Starkville High School to earn fifth-team all-state honors by The Hoop Scoop recruiting service.
“Chris has the potential to make a big impact in our league with his size and talent level,” White said. “He has great hands in the post and his presence around the basket should make him a tremendous factor for us offensively and defensively.”
Brand will become the latest member of head coach Greg Carter’s Starkville Yellowjackets to make the transition to Scooba. At East Mississippi, Brand will join forces with 2008-09 NJCAA All-Region 23 guard Coco Ware and forward John Harris from this past year’s Lions squad by way of Starkville, along with being reunited with former SHS teammate and recent EMCC signee Jeff Jernagin.
Hailing from Panama City, Panama, King is a 6-foot-5, 210-pound guard/forward who owns international playing experience. Most recently, he suited up for the Panama Junior National Team in Cancun, Mexico last August. In three outings, King averaged 8.0 points on 50-percent shooting (9-18 FGs) from the field, including 3-of-8 (38%) accuracy from three-point range.
King’s three-game international experience last summer was highlighted by a 15-point effort against El Salvador in which he connected on 6-of-8 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, in just eight minutes of action. He also totaled seven points and five steals versus Mexico, in addition to blocking a pair of shots and scoring a basket against Costa Rica.
“Jonathan is a very versatile and highly skilled basketball player,” White noted. “He is also an extremely hard worker, which should prove to be very beneficial for our program in the weight room, at practice and during games.”
Brand and King join previously announced EMCC men’s basketball signees Jeff Jernagin of Starkville High School, Deonte Alexander of Nashville’s Glencliff High School, Meridian’s Donovan Walker, and Joe McCoy of Raymond High School.
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 May 2009 )|
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