Head coach Josh Austin completes WBC Eagles Basketball signing class

From Williams Baptist College

Head Coach Josh Austin and the Williams Baptist College basketball squad have completed their 2012 signing class.  The class includes seven signees from four different states.  They will bolster a roster with nine returning players, four whom started for the Eagles in 2011-2012.

Austin signed five guards, one forward, and one post player in the class.

Devin Hall is a 5'7'' point guard from Little Rock, Ark.  He earned All-Conference and All-Metro honors at Episcopal Collegiate High School.

"Devin helps fill the much needed point guard position.  He handles the ball extremely well.  We are very excited to add him to the mix.  Devin is an athletic point guard who has great vision on the court.  He is a pass first player who brings intensity on defense.  We are fortunate to get a player like Devin who does well on and off the floor," said Austin.

Another guard added by Austin is Dustin House out of Jacksonville, Ark.  He is a Jacksonville High School graduate and averaged 11 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game as a senior.

"We are very excited about Dustin.  He has good height (6'5'') at the guard position and can shoot the ball extremely well.  We are looking for him to step in and be a presence around the perimeter and adds much needed height on the defensive side of the ball," said Austin.

Dewan Johnson has been added to the list of guards as well.   Johnson is a 5'10'' point guard who specializes in defense.   He averaged 5.2 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.5 steals per game at Arkansas Baptist College.

"This is a great sign for our program.  Dewan brings a lot of intensity on the defensive side of the ball.  He causes mayhem for anyone he is guarding.  We are excited to have Dewan join our program," said Austin.

Charles Trotter was the fourth guard to sign with the Eagles.  He is from Slidell, La., and he graduated in May.   He averaged 12 points and 3.2 steals per game his senior year.  He was voted First Team All-District and made the Honorable Mention All-State Team.

"Charles is very good in the open court.  He brings a lot of athleticism to our backcourt.  He is a very good defender, and he will help us implement our system.  He will fit well into our philosophy," said Austin.

The fifth guard signed is Jasmin Washington from Memphis, Tenn.  He is transferring to Williams from Dyersburg State Community College in Tenn.  At DSCC he averaged 8.4 points a game while remaining active on the defensive end.

"Jasmine is a very strong guard.  His 6'2'' frame will cause a mismatch for opponents all year long.  He possesses good size and strength," said Austin.

Cedric Nash, Jr., is the lone forward signee.  He is versatile and will be able to play guard and forward for the Eagles.  He is 6'6'' and averaged 15 points per game as a senior for McClellan Magnet High School.  He also has a 3.8 grade point average.

"C.J. brings height around our perimeter on the offense and defensive sides of the ball.  His ability to penetrate will compliment his outside shot and create mismatches for opposing teams," said Austin.

The Eagles also signed LaCharleston Tumblin, a 6'7'' post player from Queen City, Texas.  He is transferring from Bacone College in Oklahoma.  Tumblin averaged 11.5 points per game, while leading his team in rebounds with 6.0 per game.

"He brings depth to our front court, and has an eye for the basketball.  He is always around and he should be an immediate impact player," said Austin.

The Eagles will open their season on October 30, in Walnut Ridge, Ark., at 7:30 p.m.  They will be playing against Baptist Bible College.

Austin noted, "I am extremely excited about the kids we brought in.  We made it a priority to add height and bring in players who know how to compete.  I believe we have accomplished this."