ASU Men's Basketball signs three for 2012-13

From Arkansas State University

Arkansas State head basketball coach John Brady announced the signings of three high school seniors to join the Red Wolves basketball team for the 2012-13 season on Wednesday.

Raeford Worsham, Kelvin Downs and Kristopher Brown signed national letters of intent to play for Brady and the Red Wolves next season.

Worsham a 6-4, 185-pound guard joins the Red Wolves after playing for Ron Normal at Wayne County High School in Waynesboro, Miss. Worsham averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists leading Wayne County to the 5A State Championship as a junior. Worsham was a selection to the Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star game.

"Raeford is a 6-4 rangy athlete that will be a very good player for us here at Arkansas State," said Brady. "He is an excellent defender, will play well within our system and I am excited about the overall game Raeford possesses.

Kelvin Downs is a 6-8, 215 pound forward and comes to A-State after playing at Arlington Seguin High School in Arlington, Texas for head coach Bobby Thigpen. Downs averaged 8.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game earning first team All-District honors and a pair of All-Tournament honors at Arlington Seguin.

"Kelvin is a versatile forward who plays as well facing the basket as he does with his back to it. He is a consistent face up shooter to 18 feet and will present a difficult match-up for the opposing team," commented Brady. "His game fits perfectly with what we do offensively and also fills an immediate need on our team as it relates to size and depth."

Kristopher Brown is a 6-7, 230-pound forward and comes to ASU from Richland High School in Richland Hills, Texas where he played under Richard Bacon. Brown averaged 11.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game as a junior at Richland Hills. Brown also earned All-Conference, All-Region and All-Area as a junior leading his team to conference and sectional championships.

"Kris fills a need for our team next year as a power forward that is not limited in playing just at the basket," added Brady. "His ability to make the 15-17 foot shot adds a dimension to his game that will make him more difficult to defend. He is a physical player with a work ethic to match. We are excited about Kris choosing Arkansas State."

The Red Wolves open the 2011-12 season Friday at Lamar.