Golden Eagles Basketball Adds Center, Guard
HATTIESBURG, Miss. Ė Head Coach James Green and his Southern Miss menís basketball team have added a pair of recruits during the fall signing period, and Green expects both to provide immediate help when they arrive on campus in 2002.
The newest Golden Eagles are 6-11, 235-pound center Geoffrey Brown, who currently is playing his second season at Sheridan Community College in Wyoming, and 6-4, 190-pound guard Sam Richardson who is in his senior season at Hinds AHS.
Brown, who played his high school ball at Byrd High School in Shreveport, La., averaged 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots a game in his first year at Sheridan, and is having an outstanding sophomore season, currently averaging 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots a game.
Richardson averaged 15 points and seven rebounds a game last season while leading his team to a Class 3A state championship. This season, he is averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds a game. He is a member of the Clarion-Ledger's "Dandy Dozen" team, was his team's MVP last season and earned honorable-mention all-state last season as a junior.
He also is a high jumper on his school's state championship track team and has cleared 6-feet, 8-inches in the event.
Green says both players have tremendous athletic ability, run the court well and have the ability to be quality collegiate players. "With the players we have graduating after this season, I can see both these players coming in and making immediate contributions next season," Green said. "Both players have the qualities we look for, in that they do have the ability to get up and down the court, play defense and score."
The Golden Eagles lose five players off this year's squad, including current starters Brad Richardson and Elvin Mims, along with key reserves Pete Meneses and Bernard Duncan.