Hoops Adds 11 Newcomers

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By WNCF Staff

MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- Huntingdon men’s basketball head coach Mike Pugh has announced the addition of 11 newcomers who have completed their intent to enroll paperwork and have committed to suit up for the Hawks this upcoming season.

Nathan Beasley (Wetumpka, Ala./Edgewood Academy), Eric Bryson (Huntsville, Ala./Grissom HS), Chris Meeks (Savannah, Ga./Piney Woods Country Life School), Jacob Moody (Danville, Ala./Northwest-Shoals CC), D.J. O’Cain (Mobile, Ala./Davidson HS), Drayton Rodgers (Evergreen, Ala./Sparta Academy), Keane Seals (Montgomery, Ala./Robert E. Lee HS), Dayne Smith (Aliquippa, Penn./Hopewell HS), Cody Tackett (Tallahassee, Ala./Maclay HS), Evan Turner (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay HS) and Jason Varney (Pace, Fla./Pace HS) have been accepted to Huntingdon and will each wear the scarlet and gray for the Hawks in the 2010-11 season.

“I am very excited that we will be able to fill all of our needs for the upcoming season,” Pugh said. “This class of nine freshmen and one transfer will give us both size and athletic ability. More importantly, these are all great young men who will represent Huntingdon College with pride.”

Beasley joins the Hawks after helping Edgewood Academy to a 21-5 overall record and a spot in the AISA AA Final Four as a senior. During his final season, he averaged 24.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per contest, while earning All-State and All-Region honors. He also was named to the AISA Final Four All-Tournament team and participated in the AISA All Star game. The 6-9 center will plan to major in sports studies.

A 6-0 guard from Grissom High School, Bryson helped the team to a 16-12 record in his final season, while averaging 10.0 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game. He was also recognized as the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. While at Huntingdon, he plans to major in business administration.

Meeks, the lone member of the class from Georgia, prepped at Piney Woods Country Life School in Savannah, Ga. The 6-3 guard was a team captain his final season and averaged 10.0 points, 7.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds per game. He helped the squad to a 19-7 record and was a first-team all-district performer as a senior. While at Huntingdon, the 6-3 guard plans to major in sports studies.

Moody is the lone member of the class to transfer from a Junior College, as he has spent the past two seasons at Northwest-Shoals Community College. Last season, he was selected a team captain and helped the team to the second round of the ACCC Tournament. He averaged 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, while also earning the Best Defensive Player award as a sophomore. The 6-7 forward is currently undecided on a major.

O’Cain, a 6-5 post player from Mobile, prepped at Davidson High School, where he helped the team to a 19-7 record as a senior. During his final season, he averaged 6.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. He plans to major in athletic training at Huntingdon.

A 6-0 guard from Sparta Academy, Rodgers averaged 7.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game for the Warriors. While at Huntingdon, Rodgers plans to major in history.

Seals, a 6-0 guard from Montgomery, attended Robert E. Lee High School and plans to major in biology while at Huntingdon.

Smith, a 6-4 guard from Aliquippa, Penn., joins the Hawks after prepping at Hopewell High School. He finished his career with 950 career points for the Vikings, while averaging 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game as a senior. He participated in the Roundball All-Star Classic and was an all-conference selection and Team Most Valuable Player as a senior. He was also chosen one of Pittsburgh’s Fab Five and was named the MVP of the CJ Betters Tournament. He plans to major in biology while at Huntingdon.

Tackett and Turner were teammates at Maclay High School in Tallahassee, Fla., before joining the Hawks together this season. Tackett, a 6-3 guard, and Turner, a 5-10 guard, helped Maclay to a 21-6 record during their senior season and a spot in the FHSAA AA Regional Semifinals. Tackett finished his senior year averaging 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds, while Turner averaged 4.0 points and 3. 0 rebounds per game. Tackett plans to major in history, while Turner will pursue a degree in sports studies.

Varney, the final member of the class is from Milton, Fla., and prepped at Pace High School. During his final season, he averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists, while shooting 45 percent from behind the arc. He also helped the Patriots to a 20-7 overall record and the District Quarterfinals. While at Huntingdon he plans to major in sports studies.

Last season, the Hawks finished with an 11-14 season, including a 2-4 mark in league play.

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. As an NCAA Division III institution, Huntingdon College does not award scholarships based on athletic performance.

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