Men’s Hoops Reveals Signing Class

Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

tv_sports 10dbMONTICELLO — University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball coach Allen Sharpe has revealed a list of five student-athletes that will be joining the team starting in the 2013-14 season.

   The 2013 signing class includes four transfers and one high school product.

   Khalil Carter (Guard, 6-1, 175) joins the Boll Weevils from Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School in Montgomery, Ala., where he was a Class 1A-4A All-Metro selection. He led the Rams to a 21-6 record and an appearance in the south regionals this past season averaging 17.4 points per game. He also led the team in assists (6.8 per game) and steals (2.4 per game).

   “We got a steal when Khalil signed on to be a Boll Weevil,” said Sharpe. “He was recruited by many Division I programs and received offers from several of them. We expect him to step in immediately and fight for significant minutes at the point guard position… Khalil has an opportunity to be the best freshman in the league next season.

   Jordan Weaver (Guard, 6-3, 205) is transferring to UAM from Arkansas State University after playing one season at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs. At IWCC, the Wynne, Ark. native averaged 9.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game under coach Jim Morris. He shot 38.5 percent from the field and recorded a 67.6 free-throw percentage. He scored a career-high 26 points in a win over Vincennes University in the Iowa Western Classic three years ago.

   At Wynne High School, Weaver led the Yellow Jackets to the 5A state title game in his senior season. He earned all-state and all-conference honors three times and was the team’s Most Valuable Player as well as an All-Arkansas selection during his final prep season. During his senior campaign, Weaver averaged 18.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game to lead his team to a 25-6 overall record and a conference championship.

   “Jordan brings age and experience to our program,” said Sharpe. “After spending two years at ASU, he will be looked upon to contribute right away… He is a big guard that gives us the size we need in order to compete for a conference championship.”

   Tre Wells (Forward, 6-6, 210) transfers to UAM from Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss. where he averaged 6.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game this past season and 6.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game during his freshman season. He totaled a two-year mark of 59 percent shooting from the field.

   During his prep career at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Wells was named the regional Most Valuable Player and was selected to the All-Tournament team three times, in addition to helping his team capture the Alabama state championship.

   “Tre has an opportunity to fill the spot of departing senior A.J. Calhoun,” said Sharpe. “He is coming off two successful seasons at Itawamba coached by a good friend and former UAM coach, Grant Pate… He will bring size and the ability to score in a variety of ways to our team. He is a first-class young man that will graduate from Itawamba.”

   Sharif Hudson (Guard, 6-2, 185) joins the Boll Weevils after playing the past two seasons at Southern Union State Community College in Wadley, Ala. This past season, the Pensacola, Fla. native averaged 11.6 points per game, shot over 32 percent on three-pointers and was a 71 percent shooter at the free-throw line. During his freshman season at SUSCC, Hudson averaged nearly eight points per game and shot 36 percent on three-pointers and 70 percent on free throws.

   Hudson started his collegiate athletics career at the University of South Florida as a member of the Bulls track and field team, where he finished fourth in the Big East Championships with a high-jump leap of six feet nine inches to cap his freshman season.

   In Hudson’s prep career at Booker T. Washington High School in Pensacola, he was a first team all-area selection in basketball and also was the state runner-up in the high jump during his senior season after winning the 3A State Championship in high jump as a junior, which led to Pensacola Male Track Athlete of the Year honors. Also during his junior season, he was named MVP of the basketball team and served as team captain. He was a four-year letter winner in basketball and two years in track and field.

   “We are fortunate anytime we can sign a young man that has played for Ron Radford at Southern Union,” said Sharpe. “Sharif can really shoot the ball and is an exceptional athlete at the guard spot. We hope he can fill in for departing conference player of the year Kori Forge. Sharif is a great kid and a great student that will graduate from Southern Union.”

   Kenric McCants (Guard, 6-0, 195) comes to UAM from Gadsden State (Ala.) Community College, where he led the conference in scoring at 16.8 points per game, while also averaging 4.5 assists and five rebounds per game. He shot 54 percent from the field this past season. He was named to the National Junior College Athletics Association All-America team as an honorable mention and was the Alabama Community College Conference North Division Player of the Year. McCants was also an All-Region and All-ACCC North Division First Team honoree.

   “The Alabama junior college league has been really good for us the last several years,” said Sharpe. “We feel like we signed another good one from Gadsden State. We expect Kenric to step in and be one of the better guards in the GAC next season.”

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