by jamesc 8/4/2014 4:29:34 PM --
NORFOLK - Ten players have signed to play basketball at Northeast Community College during the 2014-15 season, including one from Norfolk and another who has a brother who plays in the NBA.
“We are excited about our incoming group. Our new guys will add depth at every position on the floor for us,” said Dan Anderson, Hawks head coach. “Our returning players have put in an outstanding summer of work which has received the attention of multiple Division 1 recruiters. The 2014 class will add some size, speed, and the ability to shoot the basketball. Many of our players spent the majority of their summer on campus and I’m eager to get all of our players here so we can get to work for the upcoming season.”
This year’s recruits include: Jalen Bradley, Norfolk. Bradley played 13 games for the University of Nebraska-Omaha as a redshirt freshman in the 2013-14 season before injuries sidelined him for the second half of the campaign. The guard averaged 4.8 points and 0.9 rebounds over 8.8 minutes per game off the bench.
At Norfolk Senior High School, Bradley lettered all four years. He was named a two-time first-team all-state selection; led the state in scoring over two straight seasons, averaging 21.2 points per game as a junior and 21.9 as a senior; and closed his career as Norfolk’s all-time leading scorer and the fifth-best scorer in Class A history with 1,638 career points. His career free throw percentage of 93.4 was also a state record and ranked second all-time nationally.
Pierre Conwell, St. Paul, MN. Conwell, a 6’3” forward, averaged 16 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Class 3A-Section 4 runner-up Johnson High School Governors (27-3). Conwell, named the 2010 St. Paul Pioneer Press Player of the Year and to the 2014 Minnesota Basketball Association’s All-State Team, drew comparisons to former Johnson standout Maxie Rosenbloom. "When you're in the same sentence as Maxie, that's really saying something," Vern Simmons, Governors coach said.
Shawn Lipscomb, Durham, NC. The 6’0” guard held the nation’s scoring title by Maxpreps.com during his junior year at Flora Macdonald Academy in Red Springs, NC. He was also one of the most explosive scorers in the country that year, averaging over 33 points per game while shooting 47-percent from the field. In addition, Lipscomb was the number one scorer in North Carolina that season. In his senior year, he averaged 17.9 points per game for Bull City Prep Academy in Durham. Lipscomb has had other offers from Liberty University and Columbia.
Kevin Metoyer, Omaha. The 5’9” Metoyer was part of Omaha Westside’s state runner-up season in his senior year. He averaged 15.6 points, 6.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game in his final high school year. Metoyer was named First-Team All-Nebraska and First-Team All-Metro by the Omaha World Herald, and First Team Super State by the Lincoln Journal Star.
Trevon Moody, Sioux Falls, SD. Moody spent last season at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. During his senior year of high school, he helped Sioux Falls Roosevelt to a Class AA third place finish and a 23-3 record.
Boris Rajovic, Ellicot City, MD. Originally from Montenegro, the 6’10” Rajovic played his junior and senior years at Glenelg Country School in Ellicott City. During his senior year, he averaged 12 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.
Torrell Sutton, Hamilton, OH. Sutton, 6’9”, averaged 13.4 points and 4.2 blocks per game for Christian Life Center Academy in Houston, TX. He helped Christian Life achieve 33 wins on its national schedule during his senior year. Sutton also played for Team Texas during the summer circuit.
Dishawn Thompson, Brampton, Ontario. The 6’5” Thompson played his senior year for Faith Christian School in Phoenix, AZ. He averaged nine points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.8 blocks for his talented high school team. Thompson has emerged as one of the top Canadian prep prospects for the class of 2014. His brother, Tristan, plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Omar Venable, Decatur, GA. The 6’8” Venable was part of Miller Grove High School’s five consecutive Georgia state championships (Four – 4A, 1 – 5A). He averaged eight points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game during his senior season. Venable was selected to the DeKalb County All-Star Game.
L.J. Westbrook, Salem, OR. The 6’3” Westbrook was a first team All-Central Valley Conference selection as a junior for North Salem High School. He transferred to Lee Academy in Maine his senior year and prepped at 22 Feet Academy in Greenville, SC. Westbrook averaged 14.3 points per game during his prep campaign before joining the Hawks in the spring of 2014.
Northeast will have four players return from last year’s team - Demarcus Cunningham, Atlanta, GA; Chima Moneke, Canberra, Australia; Dionte Smith, Nassau, Bahamas; and Buay Tuach, Omaha.
The Hawks open the season on Saturday, November 1, at the North Dakota State College of Science Classic in Wahpeton, ND.