Friday, September 25, 2015

Campbellsville University Announces 2015-16 Recruiting Class

Campbellsville University and head coach Keith Adkins have announced their men's basketball recruiting class for 2015-16.

Here's a release from CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Coming off the school's first No. 1 ranking, a Mid-South Conference tournament championship and a trip to the NAIA national tournament, men's basketball coach Keith Adkins announces the Tigers' signing class for 2015-16.

Campbellsville lost NAIA All-Americans Damontre Harris, D'Von Campbell and Eric Gaines to graduation and also lost four-year letter winner Darius Clement. All four made up 67 percent of the Tigers' points, 64 percent of rebounds, 82 percent of assists and 75 percent of the blocks.

But with subtraction you have addition. Adkins and his staff – Bryan Milburn, Brent Vernon and Justin Watson – went out and brought in seven new Tigers to fill the void that will be missed.

"I think this year's recruiting class gives us a deeper team than we had last year and probably improves our overall level of talent," said Adkins. "As you look at this class, the one thing missing is that one guy with a lot of height. Two years ago we signed A'Darius Pegues and last year we had Damontre Harris. We won't have that big, athletic rim protector like we have in the last couple of years. But this team will feature a lot of guys that can score and a lot of guys that can play multiple positions. I think this year's team will be more athletic, as a whole, than we have been in the past. Combine this class with what we have returning and I think we will be in pretty good shape."

Roderick Lawrence (6-5, 180, Sr., Forward)
For the second-straight season, there is another Southeastern Conference transfer to highlight the class. Roderick Lawrence comes to Campbellsville after playing at Ole Miss and also South Plains College (Texas) the past two seasons.

Lawrence played in 13 games and averaged just over eight minutes a game for the Rebels. Prior to Ole Miss, Lawrence started all 35 games for South Plains during his sophomore season where he led his team to a 29-6 record and the a NJCAA National Tournament quarterfinals appearance. He average 13.1 points and grabbed 6.1 rebounds for the Texans.

"Rod is a lefty wing with a lot of length and athleticism," said Adkins. "He is a streaky shooter that has the ability to make deep 3s in bunches and also has the ability to get by defenders and finish in the paint. Rod really competes and will bring a lot of energy to our team."

Erik Kinney (6-5, 220, Sr., Forward)
Erk Kinney comes to Campbellsville from Northwest Nazarene University. Kinney played in 30 games and started 29 for the Crusaders while averaging 30 minutes per game. Kinney averaged 14.9 points to lead NNU and grabbed over six rebounds per game.

"Erik comes to us from Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho where he put up really good numbers last season," said Adkins. "He is a very physical player that we can move around into a lot of different positions. He is extremely athletic and can get to the rim and finish very well. His ability to defend multiple positions will allow us to play a lot of different types of lineups. He really competes and plays hard. He should fit in really well in the MSC and the physical style of play."

Dii'Jon Allen-Jordan (6-5, 190, Sr., Forward)
Allen-Jordan comes to Campbellsville after a great junior season at Francis Marion University in South Carolina. He averaged just under 19 points a game while shooting 48 percent from the floor to rank No. 3 in the Peach Belt Conference. Allen-Jordan also averaged seven rebounds per game and shot 69 percent from the free throw line to rank No. 1 in the PBC.

"Dii'Jon is another very versatile player in this recruiting class," said Adkins. "He was high school teammates with incoming point guard, Sekou Harris. Will probably play more at the 4-spot for us, but definitely has the skill set to move around and play out on the floor. Another guy for us that will be able to guard multiple positions. He has really impressed us with his basketball IQ!"

Ronald Scott (6-0, 170, Sr., Guard)
Scott previous played at NCAA DII Texas A&M-Kingsville where he averaged 33 minutes a game and 11 points. He shot 43 percent from the floor and also 40 percent from behind the 3-point line for the Javelinas. Scott scored 10 or more points in 23 straight games. Before Texas A&M-Kingsville, Scott played two seasons at Frank Phillips College and before that prepped at John Carroll School in his hometown of Baltimore, Md.

"Ronald is a combo guard that will play mostly at the 2-spot for us this year," said Adkins. He sat out last year after playing at Texas A&M-Kingsville in 2013-14. He is another guy in this year's class with a tremendous basketball IQ. He has tremendous speed in the open court and can really get to the rim and finish. I really like the way he competes and defends. And, he gives us another great ball handler on the floor."

Byron Dean (6-0, 190, Fr., Guard)
Dean is one of two true freshmen Adkins' staff went out and got this season. He prepped at Hillwood High School in Nashville, Tenn. Where he was a member of the 1,000 Point Club for the Toppers. Dean is a true point guard that loves to attack with the basketball and get to the free throw line.

"Byron was coached by former Lindsey Wilson head coach Steve Dodd at Hillwood High School," said Adkins. "He is a guy that already has a college-ready body. He is very physically strong and really competes. He will be a pure point guard that has a chance to be very good. He still has a lot to learn, in moving from high school to college, but he is an intelligent kid that will pick up things very quickly. He will improve every day in practice by going up against Sekou Harris."

Sekou Harris (5-11, 165, Sr., Guard)
Sekou Harris play in 22 of 33 games for the University of South Dakota in 2014-15 and started the first five games of the season at point guard. He averaged 14.5 minutes per game, four points, two rebounds and two steals per games. Harris shot 39 percent from the field, 34 percent from 3-point range and 70 percent from the free throw line. Before South Dakota, Harris previously played with Roderick Lawrence at South Plains College (2013-14) and Fairleigh Dickinson (2012-13). He led South Plains to a 29-6 record and a trip to the NJCAA quarterfinals. Harris played high school basketball with Dii'Jon Jordan-Allen at Plainfield High School.

"Sekou comes to us from the University of South Dakota," said Adkins. "He is a point guard with great leadership ability and competitiveness. He can distribute the ball to others and can score very well, also. He can knock down open shots with range and has the ability to cause a lot of problems defensively. His greatest attribute, though, has to be his speed and quickness. He may be the fastest player we have ever had in the program."

Hagen Tyler (6-3, 185, Fr., Guard)
Tyler is an in-state guard that is the second true freshmen in 2015-16 recruiting class. Tyler was an All-State performer for the Boyle County Rebels who went 28-7 last season and made a trip to the KHSAA Final Four at Rupp Arena.

Tyler averaged 22 points for Boyle County which ranked him in the Top 10 in Kentucky. He also shot 50 percent from the field making 240-of-480 shots. Tyler finished his senior season hitting 40 percent from behind the 3-point line (76-of-193) and 83 percent (113-of-137) from the charity stripe. He also led the rebels grabbing just over seven boards a game.

"Hagen is going to be a special player at CU," said Adkins. "He is a big 2-guard with a lot of offensive ability. He has the range, the athleticism and the ability to get his own shot that is going to make him a really dangerous weapon in our offense. He will step in, immediately, and find a spot in our rotation. There are still some things that he will have to adjust to in college, but he will make a quick transition into the college game. We are very fortunate to have him in our program for years to come."

Dominique Harding (6-8, 235, r-Fr., Forward)
Harding came to Campbellsville in 2014-15 but was blocked for playing by NAIA All-American Domontre Harris. Harding and the basketball staff decided to take a redshirt year and it paid off. After going up against Harris every day in practice for a year, Harding will be a force in the paint for Campbellsville.

"Dominque is a redshirt freshman that comes to us from Elizabethtown High School," said Adkins. "Last year was an incredible learning experience for him, going up against Damontre Harris every day in practice. Dominique has a chance to be a really special player for us. He is a low post player that is very physical and more than athletic enough to be an effective low post scorer in this league. He will still have a bit of an adjustment this year, learning to defend and rebound on a consistent basis at the college level."

This years class will join returning Tigers – Zac Perry, Frankfort, Ky.; Micah Satterly, Versailes, Ky.; Rob Robinson, Chicago, Ill.; Elliott Young, Mt. Washington, Ky.; Quin Ricahrdson, Georgetown, Ky.; Shawn Johnson, Maysville, Ky.

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