2011 Men's Basketball Signing Period Information Central
Missouri State men's basketball head coach Paul Lusk announced his first signee of the spring recruiting period Friday (April 15) when recruit Jarmar Gulley (6-4, 225, G/F, Beaumont, Texas) made his commitment official.
Gulley was a two-time NJCAA Division II All-American at Highland (Kan.) Community College and scored a school-record 1,400 points in his two seasons at Highland. He earned first-team All-America honors in 2010-11 after helping the Scotties to a 22-14 record and Regional title. He was a third-team All-American selection in 2009-10.
"First of all, he's a guy who can score in a variety of ways," Lusk said. "He does a great job of driving and getting to the line. He's a great person, and we're excited to have him join the Bears family."
Gulley averaged 23.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game this season and earned first-team all-Region VI and KJCCC All-Conference honors for the second straight season. As a sophomore, he collected 2.3 assists, 2.2 steals and made 77 percent of his free throw attempts. He was also named to the NJCAA Division II All-Tournament Team.
"Jarmar definitely left his mark on our program," said Highland head coach Jerre Cole. "He is a real, all-around player who helped us put our program here on the right track and helped our team play its best basketball at the end of the season."
Gulley was ranked No. 47 on the JucoJunction.com recruiting list for the class of 2011.
As a prep senior at Beaumont (Texas) Central High, he won the James Gamble "Mr. Inside" Award as a senior. He averaged 18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocked shots a game in 2008-09. He was also the co-MVP of Texas District 20 in Class 4A and was a standout hurdler.
Missouri State head coach Paul Lusk announced on Monday (April 18) that 6-foot-1 guard Anthony Downing (6-1, 180, G, Atchison, Kan.) has officially signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Bears.
Downing played the last two seasons at Independence (Kan.) Community College and is ranked No. 54 on the JucoJunction.com recruiting list for he class of 2011. He led the Pirates to a 23-9 record in 2010-11 with a team-high 161 assists and just 80 turnovers. He finished second on the club in scoring (18.0), rebounding (5.1) and steals (60), while knocking down a team-high 57 three-pointers.
"We are very excited for Anthony to join us at Missouri State," Lusk said. "He is a player who can play well with the ball in his hands or without. He is a very good scorer, and physically he is ready for the Missouri Valley."
Downing earned first-team All Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and NJCAA Division I all-region honors in 2011 for coach Patrick Nee. He went on to claim all-regional tournament distinction as well for the Pirates who won 14 of their last 18 contests to close out the season.
He was part of a 19-12 program at Independence in 2009-10 his redshirt freshman year and led the squad in scoring at 15.5 points per contest. He also grabbed 3.9 rebounds and dished out 91 assists in 30 contests while connecting on 72 three-pointers and snagging 43 steals.
"Throughout the recruiting process, I have been impressed with his ability," Lusk said. "But most importantly, I have been impressed with his family and the people around him. He is a quality person and will be a great addition to our family here."
He earned Kansas Class 4A all-state honors as a senior in 2008 after averaging 23.6 points and 5.0 assists per game for coach George Ross, Jr., at Atchison High.
Missouri State University men's basketball coach Paul Lusk announced late Saturday (May 14) the signing of junior college forward Corbin Thomas to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Bears.
Missouri State will welcome DePaul transfer Michael Bizoukas to its men's basketball program for the 2011-12 season, head coach Paul Lusk announced May 18. Bizoukas completed his undergraduate degree in management at DePaul this spring and chose to transfer for his final season of eligibility.
These following high school players have also committed to attend Missouri State this upcoming season:
Christian Kirk (6-7, 220, F, Springfield, Mo., Kickapoo High) ... although ineligible for his senior season due to Missouri transfer rules, he is ranked as Missouri's No. 3 senior by ESPN.com. He competed the last two seasons at St. Charles (Mo.) West High and has a 40-inch vertical jump. Both ESPN.com and Rivals.com rate Kirk as a three-star prospect who rebounds well, runs the floor and can finish off the dribble. He scored 17.9 points per game at St. Charles West as a junior with 8.8 rebounds, 114 assists and 49 blocks. He also averaged 14.9 points and 5.9 rebounds as a sophomore.
Dorrian Williams (6-1, 170, G, Oklahoma City, Okla., Douglass High) ... is also a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and ESPN.com and averaged 13.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game in leading the Trojans to a 25-4 record and second straight Class 4A title. He scored 37 points in three games at the state tournament and earned second-team all-tournament honors. Last year, he helped lead Douglass High to a perfect 29-0 season, averaging 11.2 points as a junior for coach Terry Long to go with 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 steals. He has a reputation as a lock-down defender and an athletic point who can play both guard positions. He possesses a good mid-range game and a solid three-point shot to go with good floor vision. Douglass finished second at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions, held at MSU, in January.
Andrew (Drew) Wilson (6-7, 200, F, Tulsa, Okla., East Central High) ... averaged 15.0 points and 12.4 rebounds per game his senior season, while leading Tulsa East Central into the 5A playoffs and a final record of 15-6. He is a long and athletic, power forward who is rated by ESPN.com as the No. 6 overall senior in the state of Oklahoma. Last year, he averaged 15.0 points, 14.1 rebounds and 4.2 blocked shots per game as a junior for coach Beau Wallace and led the Cardinals to a 21-6 finish a year ago and advanced to the state semifinals. He is also regarded as a good offensive and defensive rebounder who excels in transition. According to Martin, his game is solid inside and outside, and he has good upside and potential. He has a reputation as a competitor on the glass who can also get baskets in heavy traffic.
The spring signing period runs April 13 through May 18.