June 2, 2010

ISLANDERS ADD FOUR IN LATE SIGNING PERIOD

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball head coach Perry Clark announced the addition of four players to its 2010-11 recruiting class on Tuesday.

The foursome includes three freshmen and a junior college transfer, who join early signees Derrell Edwards and Davon Usher. The group includes players from three states - Washington, Virginia and Maryland - and a 7-foot-1 player originally from China.

"When you recruit for a season you certainly try to fill all the needs your class may," said Clark. "I think we have done that with this group. We've added size, shooting, quickness, toughness and passion for the game."

Joining the Islanders from Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, Va., is Darren Warren. Warren is a 6-foot-3 guard, who can play the point, off guard and on the wing. As a senior, Warren was the 13th-ranked scorer in the D.C area according to the Washington Post. He averaged more the 21 points a game with seven rebounds and three assists. His team finished 18-7 a season ago.

"Darren has tremendous potential," said Clark. "He has the ability to play all three guard spots for us. He is very good off the dribble and can shoot from the perimeter."

Jaamon Echols will also bolster the backcourt, which lost three regulars from a season ago - Kevin Palmer, Shamar Coombs and LaMarr Drake. A 5-foot-11 point guard, Echols prepped at Rainier Beach High School in the Seattle metro area. In his final season, Echols helped the team to a 26-4 record winning both city and district crowns earning honorable mention honors in the Metro League. He averaged nearly 16 points, five assists and three steals a game. Rainier Beach was ranked most of the season in the top five in Washington.

"Echols is a legit point guard," said Clark. "He has a solid combination of speed and quickness. He has a tremendous first step which will help him drive to the basket and he is also a solid outside shooter."

The lone junior college signee is Chris Mast. The 6-5 wing player spent last season at the College of Eastern Utah where he averaged 4.3 points and 1.5 rebounds. Originally a Morgan State signee out of high school in Maryland, Mast averaged 20.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 steals the prior season earning Best Offensive Player honors.

"Chris is a fundamentally sound player who can play either wing," said Clark. "His biggest attribute is a high basketball IQ. He is solid offensively, is also extremely skilled defensively."

The final member of the class is 7-foot-1 post player Ted Wang. Wang, a native of the Zhe Jiang Province, spent last season at Westwind Academy in Phoenix, Ariz. Wang played for Bobby Bossman and the Warriors who went 24-13. He averaged 7.6 points a game and five rebounds. He spent the prior season in Virginia at Hampton Roads Academy.

"Ted is an extremely skilled, fundamentally sound post player," said Clark. "He gives us the necessary size and athleticism in the post that we need to have to be successful."