NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb men’s basketball has signed high school standouts Garrison Mathews and Eli Pepper to National Letters of Intent as announced by Bison head coach Casey Alexander on Tuesday.
“When you recruit you try to find guys that fit how you play and the philosophy of your program and school,” said Alexander. “We think both of these guys match what we want in every category and that is exciting. We think that they will make us better and our intention is for us to make them better.”
Mathews hails from nearby Franklin High School where he has starred for coach Jamie Wilson. The 6-5 guard was an all-region and all-district selection for the Rebels in 2013-14 after averaging 14 points and six rebounds per game.
“Garrison is a smart, savvy, skilled player,” said Alexander. “It’s not surprising to me that both he and Eli are football players and very successful ones. That is kind of their mentality on the floor. I think that is something that we will always desire and these guys can deliver.”
A 6-8 forward from Caldwell County High School in Princeton, Kentucky, Pepper averaged 10.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game as a junior to go along with hitting 54 percent of his shots from the field. Those efforts led to him being named an all-region and all-district selection for coach Daniel Kukahiko and the Tigers.
“Eli has great athleticism and competitiveness,” said Alexander. “Even though he’s slender, he’s a tough kid that really competes and has a really bright future because of that.”
The Bisons continue nonconference action this week with a short trip to Vanderbilt on Thursday night. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. with the contest airing on FSN, WatchESPN and on the radio on 94.9 Game 2.