Two post players reportedly sign on the dotted line

Still waiting on the official release but unofficially two post players signed with the Bulldogs today. Bleed tech blue is reporting Deuce Johnson’s signature has come into Ruston.  Another report has Scottie Farrington from Odessa College (yes the same school as Josh Brown/Kadeem Colby) faxing in a LOI.

Deuce Johnson a 6’6  four from Campbell Hall high school in Los Angeles. Click here to read a post I did when he committed.

Explosive and strong lefty. Really elevates to finish on post moves, goes through contact. Showed some ability to hit 15-foot jumper.


Scottie Farrington 6’9 210 Odessa Community College. Native of the Bahamas.

He originally signed with Oral Roberts and was also recruited by Tulane, Louisiana Tech and Texas A&M among others. Did not qualify and ended up at Rogers State (NAIA school) for one season.

Rivals.com described him as  junk yard dog from Houston’s Christian Life Center, is bouncy, rugged and a good rebounder.

{Rogers State head coach} on Farrington: Scottie is probably our best athlete when it comes to running and jumping. He has an unbelievable ability to block shots in the paint which will allow us to pressure the ball more on the perimeter. We feel really good about his ability to rebound as well.

Athlon sports called him “a shot-blocking pogo stick

  • Averaged 18 ppg in high school
  • Averaged 9 rbs per game in high school
  • Averaged 2 blks per game in high school
  • Won a gold medal for the Bahamas Junior Nationals
  • Won a bronze medal for the Bahamas Junior Nationals

 

Still waiting on DJ Wright and Josh Brown.

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Thoughts from the exhibition game

Exhibition games are expected to be like the homecoming game in high school. Bring in an opponent you should handle. The starters get to rest most of the second half and everyone leaves happy. Thankfully unlike Syracuse that’s exactly how it went for the Bulldogs on Saturday night in the TAC.

Don’t want to draw too many conclusions until the bullets are flying for real starting next weekend but here’s my thoughts on the 37 point win over Lincoln.

*starters

*Kyle Gibson – barring injury he will be first team All-WAC and depending on where the Bulldogs finish is a legitimate Player Of Year candidate. 5 for 13 from the field, 4 for 7 from deep, and 9 for 11 from the charity stripe. 23 points total, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 turnovers, 3 steals in 31 minutes. Seems like he likes playing his natural position at the three.

*Magnum Rolle – 15 points, 8 rebounds on a very efficient 5 for 9 from the field. Made a great defensive play with one of his two blocks. There’s no reason he can’t have these numbers every night out.

*Jamel Guyton – Didn’t shoot well from the perimeter (0 for 4) but had a good overall game with 10 points on 5 for 10 shooting. Great night on the defensive end with 5 steals. Also had 3 assists.

*DeAndre Brown – a quiet night from the point guard but one that I liked. He ran the team and deferred to his teammates to score. Went 2 for 5 from the field and ended with 5 points. He just needs to run the team and be enough of an offensive threat to make the defense respect him. He showed me that in the scrimmage last week.

*Shawn Oliverson -Big man started at the five which shifted Rolle to the four. Sixteen minutes, four points, five rebounds (3 offensive), 2 steals and a block.

Olu Ashalou – brought some offensive punch off the bench. As usual ran well in transition which led to easy buckets. Is improved. 5 for 9, 10 points, 7 rebounds in 22 minutes.

Yonas Berhe – speaking of improved I am not longer worried every time Behre brings the ball down the court as the backup point. 7 points, 2 steals in 19 minutes. Amazing how actually getting to participate in preseason workouts can help a player.

David Jackson – I loved the job “Mr. Role player” played last season with the ability to give you a few minutes at the three and the four, catch and shoot the three, and notch almost every column on the stat sheet every night. Every team needs at least one of those guys. New season, same Jackson. 14 minutes, 7 points (hit a three), 2 rebounds, and a steal.

Darius Redding – frosh played seventeen minutes and only hit one field goal. But with that field goal he showed the home crowd that there will be many great explosive athletic plays from him in the next few years. A great windmill dunk on the break that was Sportcenter worthy.

Justin Rake – the preferred walk on originally from New Orleans came in with a reputation as a shooter. Looks well deserved as Rake nailed his first two shots from three. Missed his last three shots from the field and ended the night with six points in nine minutes. He may develop into a nice zone buster.

Trey Felder – freshman from Jackson played three minutes and got on the board with a free throw.

Kaiser Stegall – Karl Malone’s nephew played three minutes and missed the only shot he took to end the night as the only Bulldog to not score.

Did not play –

Brandon Gibson
Anson Bartlett  (Returning Walkon – sat out in street clothes)
Andres Marmolejo (Preferred Walkon – reportedly going to redshirt)

 

Early update from Brown/Coleby

Two games in at Odessa College the Wranglers are 2-0 and two future Bulldogs are playing well.

Game one against Wayland Baptist Josh Brown went for 23 and Kadeem Coleby scored 10.

Game two against North Lake College Josh Brown had 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Only the double figure scorers were mentioned.

An outsider’s preview of the Bulldogs

Chris Murray keeps churning out WAC basketball articles. Today he looks at the Bulldogs.

November 3, 2009

WAC Preview: Rupp, Bulldogs return key core players

By Chris Murray

Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a nine-part series previewing the WAC basketball teams.

During the summer, Louisiana Tech basketball coach Kerry Rupp met with each of his players to highlight five areas where that player could give a “career-best effort” this season.

Whether it be shooting percentage, rebounding or simply supplying maximum effort every game, Rupp figured that if each player gave a “career-best effort” in five areas, the big picture would take care of itself.

And those “career-best efforts” will be coming from a roster that stayed mostly intact from last year.

The Bulldogs return nearly their entire team, including 83 percent of its scoring, 92 percent of its rebounding and 79 percent of its assists from last season.

The two most important returning pieces are preseason All-WAC second-team selection Kyle Gibson (16.1 ppg, 43.4 percent on threes) and center Magnum Rolle (12.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.7 bpg).

Gibson has been a steady force for Tech the past two seasons, but Rupp is looking for a little more out of Rolle, the athletic 7-footer from the Bahamas.

“I think we’ve got to do a better job of getting his career-best effort every time he steps on the floor,” Rupp said. “We’ve got to set goals and he needs to have individual game goals so every time out he knows exactly what he needs to do, and we can’t let him slip below those levels. We have to hold him accountable every time and get his career-best effort in regards to his points and his rebounds and his defensive effort and intensity.”

Tech also added some firepower at the point guard position in DeAndre Brown, a junior-college All-American who should help shore up one of the Bulldogs’ weaker positions last year.

“I’ve been excited about him,” Rupp said. “He’s one of the guys who has brought some energy and some freshness to the program as a true point guard who really understands how to create in the open court and does a good job of stopping the ball in transition and doing the things that are necessary that we’ve always been looking for in a point guard.”

for the rest click here.

Best of the WAC including players, coaches, cities and facilities.

Chris Murray of the Reno paper posts his lists of the WAC’s best.It’s a short blog so I’ll post it in its entirety (forgive me Chris) . Click here to read it on the paper website.

Best of Western Athletic Conference basketball, including players, coaches, cities and facilities.

  • Best player: Luke Babbitt, Nevada
  • Best pro prospect: Paul George, Fresno State
  • Best passer: Mac Hopson, Idaho
  • Best rebounder: Wendell McKines, New Mexico State
  • Best shooter: Kyle Gibson, Louisiana Tech
  • Best defensive player: Anthony Thomas, Boise State
  • Best glue player: Tyler Newbold, Utah State
  • Best hair: Justin Graham, San Jose State

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Justin Graham, recipient of the “Best Hair” award.
  • Best coach: Stew Morrill, Utah State
  • Biggest trash-talker: Anthony Thomas, Boise State
  • Fastest player: Jahmar Young, New Mexico State
  • Most athletic (big): Magnum Rolle, Louisiana Tech
  • Most athletic (small): Armon Johnson, Nevada
  • Most quotable (player): Sylvester Seay, Fresno State
  • Most quotable (coach): Marvin Menzies, New Mexico State
  • Best rivalry: Utah State-Nevada
  • Best homecourt advantage: The Spectrum, Utah State
  • Worst homecourt advantage: Thomas Assembly Center, Louisiana Tech
  • Best homecourt facility: Save Mart Center, Fresno State
  • Worst homecourt facility: Cowan Spectrum, Idaho
  • Most exciting WAC city: Honolulu
  • Least exciting WAC city: Las Cruces, N.M.

Update: We have received a report that Justin Graham has gone to the buzzcut, so the new winner for “Best Hair” is Idaho’s Luciano de Souza.

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Deuce Johnson commits to play for the Dawgs

dueceDeuce Johnson  a 6’7 Los Angeles, California native has committed to sign in November and suit up for the Bulldogs next fall. He scored 18 ppg and grabbed 11 rpg for Campbell Hall last season.

Westcoasthoops said this about Johnson:

Deuce Johnson 6’7”     C         2010              Campbell Hall HS
Explosive and strong lefty. Really elevates to finish on post moves, goes through contact. Showed some ability to hit 15-foot jumper, but could improve in this area. Needs some polish, but great physical tools.

Another review of Deuce:
Has the athleticism to be converted to the 3 at the next level.

Full court Press Blog comments: Undersized but athletic “four” is active around the cup.

Johnson was named one of the Top 25 players at the Fullcourt Press All-Frosh/Soph Camp in 2007.

Very improved athletic jumping jack is quick and nimble around the basket and has improved his mid-range game.

Credit goes to the guys over at BleedTechBlue (see link on right hand side of page) for breaking this story.

Video from Basketball Bonanza

The official La Tech basketball youtube channel is now featuring footage from the Basketball Bonanza last night. I don’t know who on the basketball staff is responsible for this – but great job.