April 29, 2008
Lipscomb University Head Coach Scott Sanderson announced the signing of two high school standouts and a college transfer to his 2007-08 recruiting class.
Matt Shaw from North Cobb Christian in Marietta, Ga., and Jacob Arnett from Tipton-Rosemark Academy outside of Memphis, Tenn., will wear the Bison jersey next year alongside fellow freshmen Wayne Dedrick, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Jordan Burgason of Ames, Iowa, who accepted scholarships during the early signing period.
Justin Glenn, a freshman at Centenary College (La.), announced his intention to transfer to Lipscomb this fall. Glenn will be required to sit out the 2008-09 season per NCAA transfer regulations. Glenn will be able to practice and learn the Lipscomb system before joining his teammates on the court for his final three years.
Shaw, 6-foot-7, 245 pounds, is a forward-center. He averaged 18.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game as a senior leading North Cobb Christian to a perfect 32-0 record on the way to state championship.
Shaw was named a three-star recruit by Rivals.com. He was an All-State selection in class AAA of the Georgia Independent School Association.
"He's a blue collar worker," Sanderson said. "He's going to come in here every day and lace up his shoes and compete at a high level.
"He's been coached at a high level. He already understands a lot that we will do defensively. He's going to be an everyday guy.
Shaw was coached by Greg Matta at North Cobb Christian. Matta was the 2007-08 Georgia Independent School Association Coach-of-the-Year.
Sanderson expects Shaw to play the four position at Lipscomb initially, but hopes he will grow and possibly transition to playing center.
Arnett is a 6-foot-4 swingman. He averaged 24 points per game as a senior and was named to the Tennessee Sports Writer's Association Division Two All-State Team.
"He's extremely athletic with great court vision," said Coach Sanderson. "He's really good offensively. He has a good feel for how to score."
Arnett averaged 29.5 points per game in the TSSAA Division 2-A State Tournament held at Allen Arena. Tipton-Rosemark fell in the State Championship game finishing the season 22-11.
Arnett will be the fourth Bison signee in two years that has played significantly in Allen Arena during high school.
"It is great to have athletes be able to come up here and see our program, our university, and our facilities while games are going on," said Sanderson. "The more times you can get players on campus is a big positive for us."
The Memphis Commercial Appeal named Arnett to their "Best of the Preps" Private Schools Basketball team.
He played on the M33MBallerz AAU team coached by professional basketball player Mike Miller of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Glenn, 6-foot-8, 230 pounds, is a native of Tulsa, Okla. He averaged 4.2 points per game and 4.1 rebounds in 20.4 minutes of action per game for Centenary. He played in 27 games, starting 17.
"He brings us a big size and presence inside," said Sanderson. "He's a good position defender and rebounder. He will be able to score the ball with his back to the basket.
"He'll be part of the post presence with Adnan Hodzic and Matt Shaw and he also gives Adnan a player to compete against in practice."
Sanderson is excited about his recruiting class for the 2008-09 season.
"One common denominator for our freshmen is that they have won," said Sanderson. "They all come from winning programs. They have won state championships. Sometimes it is hard to find guys that understand winning and what goes into a successful program.
"As a coach you want guys who want to be a part of your program. I can say that about all five of these guys. They are excited about it. When we try to sell our program, we try to sell the academic, athletic, and social parts of it. We are trying to develop the whole person and that has attracted these guys to Lipscomb.
"Last year's freshmen came in and made an impact. This year's freshmen will do the same."