ASU Signs 10 to Hoops Team

Jackson excited by depth and versatility of class

Lewis Jackson is entering his 3rd season as head coach

Lewis Jackson is entering his 3rd season as head coach

June 14, 2007

Alabama State University head basketball coach Lewis Jackson announced the signing of 10 student-athletes to his 2007-08 team.

"We couldn't be more excited about this class," Jackson said. "These guys bring great talent and athleticism. They are all very competitive, and I'm looking forward to some intense practices this fall."

Jackson, set to enter his third season as head coach, believes this group of signees will immediately make the Hornets competitive against the best teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

"This group is deep and diverse with size, speed and shooting," Jackson said. "With the guys we have returning, we will be looking to get up and down the floor from the tip."

The size for the Hornets arrives in the form of 7'1", 260-pound center Grlenntys Kickingstallionsims Jr., better known as "Chief."

Kickingstallionsims, a member of the Navajo nation, came to ASU after two seasons at Stetson University and sat out this season per NCAA transfer rules.

"We are expecting him to give an inside presence," Jackson said. "However, we believe that every guy we are bringing in will be able to contribute."

In all, Jackson inked six transfers - four from junior colleges and four from high schools, including several local products.

"While we recruit the best players possible, we put a lot of focus on this community," Jackson said. "This year, we are fortunate to sign players from Lee, Carver and Jeff Davis.


2007 ASU Basketball Signees

Brandon Brooks 6'2, 160, Guard Euless, Texas (Northlake C.C.) Playmaking guard who averaged 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists per game this season. Member of National Junior College Collegiate Association Division III 2006 national championship team.

Roland Fitch 6'6, 220, Forward Livingston, Ala. (Livingston H.S.) Called "Manchild" by some because of strong build. Plays with tremendous energy and effort. Scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds per game as a senior.

Brandon Gordon 6'6, 210, Forward Montgomery, Ala. (U. of South Alabama) Athletic forward averaged 5 points and 4 rebounds as a reserve at South Alabama. Fierce on the board, but also excels n the open court.

Grlenntys "Chief" Kickingstallionsims, Jr. (7'1, 260, Center) Stetson U. Boynton Beach, Fla.
Brings great height and size to ASU. Significant defensive presence in limited time. Member of Navajo nation.

Wendell Mardiss 5'10, 155, Guard Terre Haute, In. (Ill. Central C.C.) Named All-Region in second season at Illinois Central. Averaged 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. Shot 45% from outside the 3 point range.

Ivory White (6'5, 175, Forward) Greensboro H.S. Greensboro, Ala. Strong wing player, with the ability to play baseline to baseline. Averaged 21 points and 9 rebounds per game.

Menji Munda 6'3, 175, Guard Chicago, Ill (KankaKee C.C.) Super shooter who scored more than 18 points per game en route to All-Region and honorable mention All-American honors. Also grabbed 6 rebounds per contest.

Rashad Provitt 6'7, 205, Guard/Forward Montgomery, Ala. (Meridian C.C.) Versatile athlete, capable of playing almost any position on the floor. Played four positions while averaging 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in junior college.

Jamar Sanders 6'4, 193, Guard Montgomery, Ala. (Jeff Davis H.S.) Silky smooth style with great explosiveness to the basket. Leading scorer (18 points per game) on 2006 state championship team at Jeff Davis.

Jerry Stangline 6'2, 155, Guard Montgomery, Ala. (Robert E. Lee) Slender shooter with knack for creating turnovers on defense. Averaged 15 points and 5 points per game in senior season.

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