Monday, May 23, 2016

University of the Cumberlands Signs Three more for 2016-17

University of the Cumberlands has signed three more players for the 2016-17 season.

Here's a rundown:

Dez Marshall, Southwestern Illinois College

Dez hails from Shelbyville, Kentucky and is coming to UC as a transfer from Southwestern Illinois College where he played the previous two seasons. The 6'4" junior wing averaged 5.3 points per game and 2.3 rebounds per game. Marshall shot 47.8% from the field over the last two seasons.

Marshall helped lead Southwestern Illinois to a 27-6 overall record last season. Although the team held a stellar record, they fell just short in the District Championship game, missing out on a berth for the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. Marshall was graduated from Collins High school in Shelbyville, Kentucky. During his senior season at Collins, Marshall was named the 8th Region Player of the Year.

When asked about signing Marshall, Coach Butcher commented, "Dez Marshall is a great addition to our program. He is a long, athletic, versatile wing, which is just what we were looking for in recruiting this year. He is very good in the open court, and his length and athleticism should make him a very good defender for us. Dez has been around great coaches his entire career. His high school coach, Chris Gaither, played in our league in college and is a great coach. His Junior College coach, Jay Harrington, is a coaching legend. Dez is a very tough kid who knows what it takes to be successful. We love getting Kentucky kids in our program, because they live and breathe basketball, and Dez is no different."

Chance Morton, Bishop State Community College

Chance hails from Mobile, Alabama and is coming to UC as a transfer from Bishop State Community College where he played the previous two seasons. The 6'4" junior wing averaged 18.6 points per game and 11 rebounds per game. Morton shot 49.7% from the field and 36.1% from three point range over the last two seasons.

He also helped lead Bishop State to a 17-9 overall record and a 12-1 conference record last season. In addition, this year in a game against Faulkner State Community College, Morton tallied 34 points and 23 rebounds. During his time at Bishop State, Morton was honored as a NJCAA Division I 3rd Team All-American and the Alabama Community College Southern Division Player of the Year.

When asked about signing Morton, Coach Butcher commented, "I am thrilled to have Chance Morton as a Patriot the next two years. He is a very talented basketball player and an even better person. Chance is very athletic and has a motor that doesn't stop, which is evident by his rebounding totals his two years at Bishop State. He has the ability to slash the ball to the rim, but is also a very capable three-point shooter. His junior college coach, Coach Shelwood, is an outstanding coach so Chance has been taught what it takes to be successful on the court. I believe Chance will be a great addition to our program and University."

Eric Duncan, Western Wyoming Community College

Eric hails from Stockton, California and is coming to UC as a transfer from Western Wyoming Community College where he played last season. He played his freshman season at Lassen Community College in Susanville, California.

The 6'2" junior point guard averaged 11 points per game with a 1.6 assist to turnover rate. Duncan shot 45% from the field and 43.4% from three point range over the last two seasons. He helped lead Western Wyoming to a 21-9 overall record and an 8-4 conference record last season, finishing the year scoring with double figures in 10 of the last 11 games.

When asked about signing Duncan Coach Butcher commented, "We are very excited to have Eric Duncan as a Patriot for the next two seasons. He is a strong, physical point guard that can really shoot the basketball. His strength should help him tremendously with the physical play in our league and allow him to guard multiple perimeter positions. He has a very good understanding of the game. He played at Western Wyoming this year and they play in a very competitive league, so Eric should be prepared for the level of competition that we will face on a nightly basis in the Mid-South Conference."

The Patriots have also signed Kelly Hinds Jr. and Eddie Tornes for next season.

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