Monday, June 6, 2016

University of the Cumberlands Signs Two More for 2016-17

University of the Cumberlands recently added two more players for the 2016-17 season.

The Patriots have signed LaRoyce Eason from Southwestern Illinois (JUCO) College and Marquis Yates from NCAA Division II Arkansas Tech.

Here are some release from UC:

LaRoyce Eason

LaRoyce hails from St. Louis, Missouri and is coming to UC as a transfer from Southwestern Illinois College where he played the previous two seasons. The 6'7" junior center averaged 2.7 points per game and 2.7 rebounds per game. Eason shot 59.6% from the field over the last two seasons.

Eason helped lead Southwestern Illinois to a 27-6 record in his previous season. Although the team finished with an incredible record, they fell just short and missed out on a berth for the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. LaRoyce was graduated from Fort Zumwalt East High School in St. Peters, Missouri.

When asked about signing Eason, Coach Butcher commented, "I am excited to add LaRoyce Eason to the Patriot program. He brings much needed size and athleticism to our team. LaRoyce battled injuries all year, so his stats last year are misleading. He is a high level athlete which allows him to be a very good rebounder and shot blocker, but he also has the tools to be an effective scorer in the low post. He played for a high level junior college program in Southwestern Illinois that we have had players from in the past, and he played for a legendary coach in Jay Harrington. He understands what it takes to be successful on and off the court and should be a contributor for us next season."

Marquis Yates

Yates hails from Manassas, Virginia and is coming to UC as a transfer from NCAA D-II Arkansas Tech where he played last season. The 6'6" senior wing led Arkansas Tech last season averaging 16.7 points per game while hauling in 4.3 rebounds per game. Yates shot 44.1% from the field and 38.4% from three point range last season while also contributing from the free throw line at a clip of 78.8%.

Coach Butcher commented, "Marquis is a great addition to our program. He is a strong, skilled wing that knows how to score the basketball in many ways. His strength allows him to finish with contact, but he also has the ability to shoot the basketball very well with range. Marquis brings experience of playing against quality competition while at Arkansas Tech last year and was very productive against that competition. His ability to score the basketball and his versatility on the floor should make us tougher to defend next season."

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