GREENWOOD – Head coach Drew Richards announced the commitments of six student-athletes to the Lander men's basketball program for the 2019-20 season. The incoming class hails from four different states, highlighted by two Georgia and two South Carolina natives.
"I am excited to welcome these six young men to Lander in the fall," Richards said. "They all excel on the court and in the classroom and will be great representatives of our program and our school. All six have been part of winning programs and will make a great impact on Bearcat basketball. I also want to thank our staff for working so diligently in a difficult situation to help bring in such a strong class."
The newcomers are:
Josiah Agnew, 6'2" Guard, Shiloh High School (Anderson, S.C.)
Agnew led the Generals to an 18-9 record in his senior season and an second-round appearance in the Georgia 6A playoffs. In his senior campaign, Agnew averaged 11 points, six assists, and five rebounds per game. He has been a member of the Carolina Pressure's AAU team.
"Josiah is a high IQ, playmaking point guard who can run the offense and defend 94 feet," said Richards. "He also has a natural ability to attack the paint while being able to knock in shots and finish around the basket."
Deon Berrien, 6'6" Forward, Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa (Augusta, Ga.)
Berrien earned first team all-NJCAA Region 2 honors during his sophomore season at NOC-Tonkawa after averaging 13 points, nine rebounds, and three assists per game while shooting 48 percent from the field and 37 percent from beyond the arc. Berrien prepped at Lakeside-Evans High School and played AAU with the Augusta Bulls.
"Deon is a tough, high-motor forward and versatile defender with a knack for rebounding," Richards said. "He is also an aggressive scorer in a variety of ways with quality ball skills for his size."
Tyler Brevard, 6'3" Guard, Erskine (Blythewood, S.C.)
Brevard makes the move to Greenwood after a season with the rival Flying Fleet, shooting 49 percent from the floor and averaging 13 points, four rebounds, and four assists per outing. He spent his first two seasons of his collegiate career at Spartanburg Methodist after playing at Gray Collegiate Academy.
"Tyler is a strong and athletic point guard who can fill up a stat sheet in multiple catagories," said Richards. "He can also defend multiple positions and score the ball at all three levels while providing upperclassman leadership."
Ryan Jolly, 6'3" Guard, Navy Academy Prep School (Augusta, Ga.)
Jolly heads to Lander following a successful career at Augusta Prep. The guard averaged 15 points, five rebounds, and four assists per game this season and was ranked as the No. 31 player in the state of Georgia his senior year. Jolly also played in the Hoopseen circuit with the Augusta Bulls.
"Ryan is a long, smooth, and high IQ point guard who can shoot from distance and midrange while using his size to defend," Richards said. "He has the ability to initiate offense and can mix it up on the backboards."
DaJuan "Quan" Moorer, 6'9" Forward, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Pensacola, Fla.)
Moorer was a second team all-MACJC South Team honoree after registering 11.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 blocks, and 1.3 steals last season with the Bulldogs. Moorer started all 52 games during his time at MGCC and was selected to the MACJC All-Star game.
"Quan is a long and athletic skilled forward who can score inside and outside," said Richards. "He can also rebound at a high rate while providing a shot blocking presence inside."
LaRaymond Spivery, 6'1" Guard, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Lucedale, Miss.)
Spivery garnered all-MACJC South Team and first team all-region honors after leading MGCC to a 20-6 record while averaging 11 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals per game on 43 percent shooting. Spivery prepped at George County High School, where he also received offers to play quarterback at the collegiate level after accounting for 5,576 yards and 43 touchdowns as a senior.
"LaRaymond is a tough, playmaking point guard who can defend with the best of them," Richards said. "He affects the game across the board and can also score the ball in a variety of ways while providing consistent leadership."