August 24, 2010

CLARK ADDS PAIR TO MEN'S BASKETBALL ROSTER

A transfer from the University of Arizona and a two-time all-city guard out of Chicago have been added to the roster for the upcoming 2010-11 men's basketball season according to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi head coach Perry Clark.

"I think that we are very fortunate to bring in a pair of players that are the caliber of player that these two are," said Clark. "It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of my staff that we were able to find these two players."

Garland Judkins, a 6-3 guard, comes to the Islanders from the University of Arizona after two seasons. After playing in 18 games with four starts as a freshman, Judkins, who will be a junior, appeared in six games before electing to transfer closer to home for personal reasons last January. In the 24 games he played with the Wildcats, Judkins had a career-high 12 points against Mississippi Valley State. He averaged 2.4 points a game as a freshman.

Judkins prepped at Christian Life Center Academy in Humble where he helped the team to a 38-6 record as a senior. He was a McDonald's All-American nominee entering his senior season.

"Whenever you have the ability to bring in a player that has been coached by someone like Lute Olsen you have to feel very fortunate," said Clark. "Garland adds maturity and mental toughness. Physically, he adds speed, quickness and ball-handling to the backcourt."

Hollis Hill - one of the top scorers in the Chicago Public League - also joins the Islanders this fall. Hill averaged 20.2 points a game as a senior for the Chicago Vocational School to go with five rebounds and four assists. He averaged just under 20 points a game as a junior and 16 as a sophomore. The Cavaliers won 64 games in Hill's three seasons. Hill graduated as the second-leading scorer in Chicago Vocational history with 1,604 points trailing only Juwan Howard.

A three-time all-conference choice in the Red-South Conference, Hill was second-team all-city in 2009 and 2010, and was named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State team his final two seasons. He was a third-team selection in '09 and honorable mention as a senior. He participated in the Chicago Public League's North vs. South All-Star game and represented the city team in the Nike Foundation for Student-Athletes City vs. Suburban All-Star Game. Hill was named MVP of the latter with a 22-point, 7-assist performance.

"Hollis comes from a program with a storied history and is the second-leading scorer in the program's history," explained Clark. "More importantly, he comes here with a reputation as a hard-nosed competitor. He adds ball-handling skills, outside shooting and perimeter defense."

The duo joins incoming Islanders Chris Mast, Jaamon Echols, Ted Wang and Darren Warren.