ASU Men's Basketball signs two Mississippi preps for 2011-2012 season

JONESBORO, Ark. (11/11/10) – Arkansas State head coach John Brady announced Thursday that the ASU men's basketball program inked a pair of teammates from one of the top programs in Mississippi, Saint Stanislaus in Bay Saint Louis, Miss. to National Letters of intent to play with the Red Wolves next season.

Davon Hays, a 6-4 guard and Johnny Zuppardo a 6-9 forward will continue their basketball careers with Arkansas State beginning in the fall. Their program at St. Stanislaus is ranked no. 1 in Class 4A and third overall in Mississippi.

"We are extremely excited about signing both of these young men early," said head coach John Brady. "Devon is 6-4, 6-5 swing, long armed extremely athletic can take the ball off the dribble to the basket really well. Johnny Zuppardo is 6-8 on his way to 6-9 skilled big man. One of his best attributes is to be able to face the basket and shoot the ball from 16-18 feet."

"Both these young men are outstanding students; outstanding people and we are excited about being able to get them at this particular time. They have been extremely well coached; they come from a winning program. The basketball coach Jay Ladner at Saint Stanislaus is one of the best high school coaches in state of Mississippi and they will come in knowing what winning is about. They will certainly be great additions to our team."

In their first game this season, Zuppardo led the team in scoring with 18 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Hayes was second on the team with 15 points and had seven boards. Saint Stanislaus cruised to an 89-38 victory over New Orleans Lusher.