Wildcats Hoops Sign Five For 2012-2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Addressing the Wildcats' needs for size and shooting, Bethune-Cookman Head Basketball Coach Gravelle Craig announced a recruiting class of five today (Tuesday, June 19, 2012.)
Three - Jarod Leonard, Malik Jackson and Karee Johnson -- are junior college transfers while Travis Elliott and Barry Smith are transfers from High Point University and The Citadel, respectively, will sit out the 2012-13 season in accordance with NCAA Division I transfer rules.
Leonard, a 6-6 power forward, averaged 16.6 points and 6.8 rebounds last season at Daytona State College, garnering both first-team All- Conference and All-State awards.
Jackson a 6'7 shooting guard, averaged 17.5 points a game at Miami-Dade State and shot 38 percent from three-point range. He was a first-team Southern Conference performer and was rated the number five junior college prospect in Florida.
Johnson, a 6'7 center, started every game for Wallace State- Hanceville (Ala.) CC and averaged 5.5 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Alabama State junior college championship team that advance to the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kan..
Elliott, a 6'8 center, is a product of Ft. Lauderdale's Boyd Anderson HS while Smith, a 6'6 wing player, played his high school ball in Pittsburgh at Kiski Area HS.
"I feel we've taken care of our size and shooting concerns for the next two years," Craig said. "Jarod Leonard gives us scoring inside and Malik Jackson gives us size and shooting from the perimeter position with NBA range and perimeter ball handling.
"Karee Watson is a tough athletic player who competes and gives us size on the frontline," Craig added. "The two transfers are really solid experienced players who will be impact players in two years when they are eligible to play. They also will make practice more competitive this season."
In Craig's first season as head coach, B-CU posted its fourth consecutive winning campaign at 18-17 overall and 11-5 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play. The Wildcats advanced to the MEAC tournament championship game falling to a Norfolk State team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.