HATTIESBURG, Miss. Southern Miss head men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall has announced that four players have earned scholarships for the 2012-13 season.
Davon Hayes (Portsmouth, Va.), Jerrold Brooks (Rochester, N.Y.), Aaron Brown (195-G-92) (Hackensack, N.J.) and Chip Armelin (Sulphur, La.) will join the Golden Eagle program.
Armelin and Brown, who are transferring from Minnesota and Temple, respectively, will have to sit out the 2012-13 season due to the NCAA's transfer rules.
'All four guys are certainly very talented young men,' said head coach Donnie Tyndall. 'We've added two transfers who will each have two years remaining. They are both coming from very good programs in Minnesota and Temple. When they become eligible, they should certainly have an impact on our league and on our team. All these guys will be talented enough and tough enough to come in and I hope contribute immediately.'
Hayes, a 6-7 guard, spent last year at Mont Clare Academy in Phoenixville, Pa. He was named third team All-Philadelphia/Eastern Pennsylvania South Jersey by HoopScoopOnline, who also named him the 38th-ranked fifth-year player in the nation.
In 2010-11, he averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 steals while leading Saint Stanislaus (Bay St. Louis, Miss.) to a 34-2 record. He scored 16 points in the championship to lead the Rock-a-chaws to the 4A state title, their first in school history. MsBoysHoops.com ranked him the 12th-ranked player in Mississippi.
'Hayes is a guy who is going to be a nice, young player,' said Tyndall. 'He's long and athletic. He won a state championship here in Mississippi and played for a great high school coach in Jay Ladner and a very good prep school coach in Darrell Schofield.
Brooks, a 6-0 guard, played spent last year at Casper (Wy.) Community College. In 20 games, Brooks averaged 15.8 points, 2.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals in helping to lead the Thunderbirds to a 25-9 record. He connected on 73-percent of his free throws, 46-percent of his shots and 43-percent from three-point range, earning him First Team All-Region IX and Second team NJCAA All-American honors.
The previous year, Brooks helped lead the College of Southern Idaho to a 33-4 record and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship. Brooks was second on the team with 15.4 points, while also averaging 2.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals. His performance helped him to be named NJCAA Second Team All-Region 18 as well as Region 18 All-Tournament Team.
Brooks played his high school ball at East High School in Rochester, N.Y., where in 2009 he helped his team to a 20-3 record and the state championship, averaging 27.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.3 steals. That year, he was named Fourth Team All-State by the New York State Sportswriters Association and a Rochester City Athletic Conference All-Star, as well as All-Greater Rochester by the Rochester Democrat-Chronicle. In 2008, he helped the Western Squad win the Gold Medal at the Empire State Games. That year, the Rochester Democrat-Chronicle named him All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention. In 2007, he was also named Second Team All-Greater Rochester in football.
Added Tyndall, 'Brooks can do a lot of different things. He's a playmaker who can shoot it. He is going to give us some nice depth in the backcourt. He won a junior college national championship as a freshman, so he knows how to win.'
Brown is transferring to Southern Miss from Temple. The 6-5 forward averaged 6.4 points in 14.6 minutes. He was sixth in the Atlantic 10 in three-point percentage, connecting on 41.5-percent. He had eight double figure scoring games, including a career-high 21 against Central Michigan. Against Maryland, he grabbed a career-high eight rebounds.
'Brown is an experienced wing player who brings an intensity to his game that not a lot of players have,' said Tyndall. 'He can play both inside and outside, making him tough to defend.'
In 2010-11, he averaged 3.3 points and 1.0 rebound. He appeared in 29 games, making nine straight starts to end the year. Brown averaged 11.5 points in the Atlantic 10 tournament, scoring a season-high 14 points against LaSalle. He played with the U.S. Virgin Islands team in the Centrobasket Championships held in the Dominican Republic, placing second on the team with 12.5 points while ranking third in the tournament in three-point percentage (47%). He also competed at the 2010 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship.
Armelin, a 6-3 guard, comes to Southern Miss after playing the last two years at Minnesota, where this past year he helped the Golden Gophers to a berth in the NIT Championship. He averaged 5.2 points and 2.1 rebounds. Armelin set career-highs against Nebraska this year in points (20), rebounds (7), steals (2) and minutes played (30).
'Armelin has played in big games for two years in the Big Ten,' added Tyndall. He's an excellent slasher who knows how to take the ball to the basket and open things up for his teammates.'
The four players will join a squad that returns nine players from last year's team that finished 25-9 and went to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 21 years.
Walter Hodge(183-PG-86, college: Florida) will sign contract with Laboral Kutxa as reported by various sources. The guard is expected to ink a two-year deal with the Basque team. The guard is playing for Stelmet Zielona Gora this season. He notched 21.1 points, 5.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 rebounds per game in EuroCup. Walter Hodge(183-PG-86, college: Florida) became the topscorer in the tournament. His stats also read 18.1 points, 4.7 assists and 2 [read more]
Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) will sign contract with Laboral Kutxa as reported by various sources. The guard is expected to ink a two-year deal with the Basque team. The guard is playing for Stelmet Zielona Gora this season. He notched 21.1 points, 5.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 rebounds per game in EuroCup. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) became the topscorer in the tournament. His stats also read 18.1 points, 4.7 assists and 2.1 rebounds per appearance in PLK. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) made it into All-EuroCup 2nd Team. The guard had stints in Puerto Rico and Poland before. He was named All-Polish Player of the Year in 2012. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) has been the member of the US Virgin Islands Team since 2009. He notched 20.3 points, 4.8 assists, 4.5 boards and 1.8 steals per game at the 2012 Centrobasket in Puerto Rico.
Walter Hodge selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - May 23, 2013
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Virgin Islanders who are currently playing abroad. Experienced Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76) led San Antonio Spurs to an overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA in Tuesday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Virgin Islanders who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida, currently plays in Poland). Hodge led Stelmet ZG to an easy victory against the leader AZS Koszalin (18-14) crushing them 96-66 in the Polish TBL last Friday.
He scored 13 points.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Stelmet Zielona Gora (20-12) is placed third.
Hodge is currently third on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (seventh place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hodge averages: 18.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 33.1% and FT: 83.7%.
He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican.
Hodge is currently a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former international forward Cuthbert Victor (197-83, college: Murray St., currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA. He could not help Le Mans (16-14) to beat ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (18-12).
Victor scored 8 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes.
Le Mans lost 70-75 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket.
It was Le Mans' third consecutive loss in a row.
This year Victor's overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 61.6%(122-198), 3FGP: 23.2% and FT: 60.9% in the 33 games he played so far.
He played for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team in 2011.
#3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Ivan Aska (200-90, college: Murray St., currently plays in Belgium). Aska was not able to help Leuven Bears (9-19) in their game against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (18-10) in the Belgian Ethias League.
He recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
But Leuven Bears was crushed 86-46 in Quaregnon by the higher-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#3).
It was Leuven Bears' third consecutive loss in a row.
Aska is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders.
He has very reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.8% and FT: 74.5%.
Aska is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican.
He is also a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.
#4. Swingman Jason Edwin (197-81, college: Kent St., currently plays in Colombia) led Bucaros to a victory over the third-ranked Piratas (12-8) 98-91 in the Colombian DPB last Saturday.
Edwin was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points in 37 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Bucaros Freskaleche (12-8) is placed second.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical.
Edwin has very impressive stats this year: 17.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.4apg in the 29 games.
He is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has U.S. Virgin Islands passport:
#1. Experienced Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA) led San Antonio Spurs to an overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies (56-26) 93-89 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game.
He was MVP of the game. Duncan scored 17 points, grabbed 9 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 4 shots in 31 minutes.
The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 58-24 record this season.
It's Duncan's 16th year with the team.
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Duncan averages: 17.7ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.6apg and 2.5bpg in the 81 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and American.
Other top U.S. Virgin Islands players, who play abroad:
SAN ANTONIO The NBA today announced that San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) was named to the league's All-NBA Teams. Duncan was selected to the All-NBA First Team, the 14th All-NBA selection in his career.Duncan and Tony Parkers All-NBA honors mark the seventh time in Spurs franchise history that two teammates have earned All-NBA honors in the same season [read more]
SAN ANTONIO The NBA today announced that San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) was named to the league's All-NBA Teams. Duncan was selected to the All-NBA First Team, the 14th All-NBA selection in his career.
Duncan and Tony Parkers All-NBA honors mark the seventh time in Spurs franchise history that two teammates have earned All-NBA honors in the same season. The last time was when Duncan (Second team) and Parker (Third team) were selected in the 2008-09 season.
The selections mark the 38th time in team history that a Spur has been selected to an All-NBA team, which includes 19 First Team selections, 10 Second Team selections and nine Third Team selections.
Duncans 14th All-NBA Team selection ranks tied for second all-time in NBA history with Karl Malone and Shaquille ONeal. Ahead of him are Kareem Adbul-Jabbar and Kobe Bryant with 15 All-NBA selections.
The First Team honor is Duncans 10th of his career, becoming just the ninth player in NBA history with 10-or-more selections. He joins Kobe Bryant (11), Karl Malone (11), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (10), Elgin Baylor (10), Bob Cousy (10), Michael Jordan (10), Bob Pettit (10) and Jerry West (10),
In 2012-13, Duncan averaged 17.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.65 blocks (third in the NBA) in 30.1 minutes. Duncans 2.65 blocks per game is his highest average since the 2003-04 season when he averaged 2.68 blocks. It is also the highest average of any NBA player 37-years-or-older since the NBA started keeping track of blocked shots in 1973.
Duncan becomes the oldest player selected on the All-NBA First Team since Abdul-Jabbar (38-years-old) was named to the First Team in the1985-86 season.
Duncan has been named to the All-NBA First Team 10 times (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2013), the All-NBA Second Team three times (2006, 2008 and 2009) and the All-NBA Third team once (2010).
This year marks Duncans NBA-record 14th time he has appeared on both the All-Defensive Team and All-NBA Team in the same season. On May 13, Duncan was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.
2012-13 ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM
Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points
Forward LeBron James, Miami (119) 595
Forward Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (102) 555
Center Tim Duncan, San Antonio (45) 392
Guard Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers (91) 521
Guard Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers (97) 537
2012-13 ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM
Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points
Forward Carmelo Anthony, New York (24) 397
Forward Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers 132
Center Marc Gasol, Memphis (38) 295
Guard Tony Parker, San Antonio (16) 273
Guard Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (20) 306
2012-13 ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM
Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points
Forward David Lee, Golden State 79
Forward Paul George, Indiana 73
Center Dwight Howard, L.A. Lakers (17) 203
Guard Dwyane Wade, Miami (3) 145
Guard James Harden, Houston (5) 253
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