Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Lipscomb Bisons basketball signed Deonte Alexander, a 6-foot-1 junior college transfer from East Mississippi Community College, and Stephen Hurt, a 6-foot-10 center from Siegel High School, coach Scott Sanderson announced Wednesday.
The duo will join an incoming Lipscomb class that includes Zavion Williams of West Creek, Clarksville Academy twins Malcolm and Martin Smith, and White Station’s Marvin Williams.
Alexander, a Nashville native out of Glencliff High School, was named an honorable mention All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association. He was a two year starter at EMCC where he led them to a 52-12 record and two appearances in the national tournament.
“Deonte’s extremely athletic and has the ability to guard too,” Sanderson said. “We believe he will come in and have an instant impact for our team.”
Alexander scored 952 points in his two years at EMCC and averaged 17 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.7 steals as a sophomore. He shot 45 percent from the field and 37 percent from beyond the arc.
“He can score the basketball by putting the ball on the floor or by shooting the three,” Sanderson said. “There is a lot of value to versatility and he has a lot of it.”
Alexander is Lipscomb’s first junior college signee since Trey Williams out of Kaskaskia Community College in 2005. In Williams’ first year at the point, the Bisons won the Atlantic Sun Conference regular season title and went to the NIT.
“Deonte is a mature kid and I believe he can come in and provide leadership for our team with so many freshman and sophomores,” Sanderson said.
Stephen Hurt joins the Bisons after averaging 17.3 points and nine rebounds per game as a senior at Siegel.
“Stephen has a lot of size and he has a good feel under the basket,” Sanderson said. “He can score near the basket and can hit mid-range jumpers from the outside.”
With the graduation of Adnan Hodzic and departure of Milos Kleut, there will be strong competition for playing time at center between Hurt and Marvin Williams.
“Stephen will be one of the biggest and most physical guys we have ever signed,” Sanderson said. “He must continue to condition and get his body in great shape.
“He has a tremendous upside and I truly believe we got a steal in Stephen.”
The Bisons’ six signees, all Tennessee natives, are all enrolled in summer classes at Lipscomb which start in June.