Thursday, July 7, 2016

ASU's Jackson Announces Men's Basketball Signing Class

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Alabama State University men's basketball coach Lewis Jackson has announced the signing class for the 2016-17 Hornets.

Of the seven signees, two are incoming freshmen while the other five are transfers. Four of the seven are from the state of Alabama.

The two freshmen are from here in Montgomery. Reginald Gee (6-3, 205) is a guard from Edgewood Academy. He averaged 25 points and nine rebounds per game in leading Edgewood to a state title. He also averaged three assists and two steals during his senior season.

Following the season he was named Third Team All State and First Team All-Metro.

The other freshman is Austin Rogers, also a guard. At 6'4" and 185 pounds the Brew Tech graduate averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds per game. He was named All State and All Metro following the season.

Rogers name is a familiar one around the ASU campus and the SWAC. His father Steve, Sr., is currently a member of the Hornets coaching staff and a 2015 SWAC Hall of Fame Inductee. His older brother Steve, Jr., will enter his junior campaign with the Hornets and was the 2014-15 SWAC Freshman of the Year.

The Hornets have also signed a talented shooting guard in Rodney Simeon (6-5, 195) from Lawson State Community College. The Miami native averaged 15 points, five rebounds and two assists per game. The sharp-shooter shot 45 percent from beyond the three point line.

ASU signed another guard in Mehdy Ngouama (6-1, 175) from Chipola Community College. He is from LeBlanc Mesnil, France and averaged eight points, three assists and two rebounds per game.

Artis Cleveland (6-11, 220) will add some nice size to the ASU lineup. He played at Lawson State Community College the past two years and hails from Birmingham. He averaged six points, six rebounds and two blocks per game.

Forward Demetrius Houston (6-7, 210) will transfer to ASU from Mississippi State. Houston is a Montgomery native and played at nearby Carver High School. He averaged just over three points and two rebounds at Mississippi State when he played during the 2014-15 season.

At Carver he averaged 19 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and two steals during his senior season. He was named the 6A Alabama Player of the Year and the Metro MVP. He was selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game and finished with nine points and three rebounds.

A player who can play at forward or center is Amir Warnock (6-8, 240). The Suwannee, Georgia native will transfer to ASU from South Georgia Tech College. As a sophomore he averaged seven points and six rebounds per game. He played his high school basketball at Peachtree Ridge High School.


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