Islanders Sign Three More to NLI
The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's basketball team has signed three additional players to National Letters of Intent, head coach Willis Wilson announced today. Jordan Didier (Rockford, Ill./Saint Mary's (Ariz.) HS), John Jordan (Fresno, Texas/Hightower HS) and Nate Maxey (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln HS) will continue their basketball careers at the Island University in the 2011-12 season.
"It's a good beginning to have three talented guys with so much upside as they have," Wilson said. "We're certainly filling some of the needs we have as a program. John, as a point guard, bolsters our play there. Jordan will be a nice piece on the front line, a guy who can really shoot the basketball. And Nate has tremendous potential, someone I'm looking forward to working with. He has the potential to blossom into a big-time player at any level of college basketball."
Didier is a 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward who played the 2009-10 season at Saint Mary's High School in Phoenix. In his final season, he averaged 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one steal for the Knights. He led the team to semi-states in his senior season. He earned all-conference recognition all four years and was a first team selection and an all-region honoree in his junior campaign. He also played a year at Westwind Prep in Phoenix.
"Jordan is a very enthusiatic kid," Wilson said. "I think he will bring a lot of energy and personality to our program. As a basketball player, his length and ability to shoot from outside is going to make it difficult for people to defend. Once he gets his body into a shape that will help him excel as a basketball player, he's going to be a fine player for us. He will have a chance to have an impact early on with our numbers, he's a basketball junkie and he will have a good impact as a basketball player on the floor."
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Jordan played the point for Hightower under head coach David Green. He averaged 16 points, six assists, five rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game as a senior en route to all-district and all-region honors. He also was named the MVP of the Gamble Tournament and was his team's MVP. His performance in the state tournament earned him All-State Tournament Team honors. He was also a first team all-district honoree in 2010.
"Johnathan is a really savvy point guard," Wilson said. "He's a very gifted player in the sense that he gives you what he needs to win. He's a leader on the floor - in short just a really good facilitator and a guy that will make his teammates better. Most importantly, he's a winner, and he's going to do everything it takes to win as a basketball program."
Maxey stands 6-foot-10 and 210 pounds and will bring a post presence to the Islanders next season. He averaged eight points, seven blocks and eight rebounds in his senior campaign for the Hornets. He was named the California Interscholastic Federation Sectionals MVP and the Semi-State Finals MVP in helping his team to the state championship. He also played a year at Westwind Prep in Phoenix, averaging 15 points, 12 boards and nine blocks in his only season with the school.
"Nate is a very talented athlete, a very long kid, and he has the ability to change the complexion of the game because he's a playmaker," Wilson said. "He has the ability to make momentum plays with dunks, he can run the floor, and is a guy who can affect the game in so many different ways. I look forward to helping him develop the skills and make him be a force and a guy who can take our program to great heights."
The trio joins guard Jake Kocher (Austin, Texas/St. Michael's), who signed with the Islanders in November in the early signing period. Kocher, a shooting guard, finished his career earlier this year as the all-time scoring leader in the history of the city of Austin. He was named second team All-Central Texas in his senior season.