A wide-body player in the blocks for the Golden Eagles ... Strongest player on the team ... Has really good base ... Played at same place as DeWayne Brown two years ago, who is still on amedical redshirt here at Southern Miss ... Signed with the Eagles out of high school and instead went to Southeastern Illinois to help with his academics ... Strong block-to-block presence and a physical inside presence ... Expected to contribute right away ... Junior College: A two-year letterwinner for coach Todd Franklin at Southeastern Illinois College ... Averaged 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore ... Team finished with a 25-8 overall record and a berth in the NJCAA Region XXIV championship game ... Was a part-time starter as a freshman ... Prep: A three-year letterwinner and two-year starter for coach Warren Sears at Alexandria (La.) High School ... Earned all-state honors his last two seasons ... As a senior, he led the team to a 17-5 record and a state playoff appearance, averaging 21.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game ... A First Team All-District 3-4A member, a First Team Large Schools All-CenLa (Central Louisiana) player by The Alexandria Town Talk and a second team all-state honoree by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association ... Also garnered first team all-district honors and was an honorable mention all-state player after averaging 18.6 points per game as a junior ... Personal: Majoring in administration of justice.