WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2008
Men's basketball signs three for next season
April 30, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After an appearance in the Atlantic Sun Conference title game last season, JU head men's basketball coach Cliff Warren continues to load up on talent.
On Wednesday, Warren announced the signing of three players to join the squad for next season - giving the Dolphins depth in the post, more athleticism and scoring ability.
Tevin Galvin (Palm Coast, Fla.), Will Alston (Laurel, Md.) and Chris Edwards (Albany, Ga.) will come to JU next season as the Dolphins look to build off of last season's success.
"We're excited about bringing these three young men into our program," Warren said. "Each one fits the mold of the type of student-athlete we want while fulfilling some of our needs."
Galvin, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, has been a rising star at Flagler Palm Coast, averaging more than 18 points, five rebounds and six assists per game. He recorded a triple-double against Orange Park High School, racking up 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in the contest.
"The first thing that jumped out to us is Tevin's shooting ability," Warren said. "When we were looking for an outside shooter, he was very high on our list to fill that need for us, with the added bonus of having a high basketball IQ, which makes him very versatile."
Edwards, a 6-foot-1 combo-guard, comes to JU after a stellar career at Westover High School in Albany, Ga. He averaged 20 points, six rebounds and six assists per game during his senior season. A dangerous outside shooter, he has the ability to hit from anywhere on the floor.
"He's a perfect fit for JU," Westover head coach Dallis Smith said. "They do a lot of coming off picks, pushing the ball. They know what he is capable of doing. Coach Warren and his staff have really turned that program around."
Edwards also wasn't too keen on his academics early, but has turned that around to focus on getting his college education. He joins Ben Smith and Lehmon Colbert in forming a strong central Georgia contingent on the JU roster.
"The first thing coaches ask me about is grades," Smith said. "It makes me proud when they asked about Chris to tell them,`no problem.' About a year ago he really matured and turned the corner. Now the teachers all love Chris. He worked hard and deserves it."
Alston, who stands a 6-foot-7, joins the program after a stellar season in leading Laurel High School to the Maryland Class 4A semifinals. He averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds and holds the school record for rebounds in a season (288). He put up 550 points and 125 assists during his senior campaign.
Alston was also being pursued by Tulane and Tulsa, but chose JU after his visit. He joins Baltimore-native Aric Brooks on the roster, as well as following in the footsteps of Warren and assistant coach Darryl Bruce - both Maryland natives.
"What made the difference was on the visit (to Jacksonville) I had a lot of fun and I have a chance to play right away," Alston said.
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