Two Region 8 standouts will play for Lyon men's hoops in 2014-15
BATESVILLE (LyonScots.com) – After setting a school record for conference wins in 2013-14, Lyon College men's head basketball coach Chad Tapp has bolstered his returning roster with the addition of 10 players, including four college transfers, as the team looks ahead to the upcoming year.
The Scots, who finished 16-15 a year ago after a 2-9 start, placed third in the American Midwest Conference race with a 15-5 record. And with the addition of size – including three players 6-8 and taller – and aggressive defensive players on the inside, along with some strong shooters outside, Lyon could challenge for the league crown as early as 2014-15.
Lyon, which returns four of its top five scorers from a year ago, will look for immediate strengthening from three transfers – Brandon Brady of Eastern Oklahoma State College, Matt Kruse of McKendree University, Jerome Ziv of Miami Dade College and Dillon Hargrove of North Arkansas Community College.
In addition, the Scots roster will start the season with 18 players, with the addition of freshmen Cole Crabtree of Cedar Ridge High School, Scott Parham of Harding Academy, Josh Davis of Houston High School, Cody Faulkner of Salem High School, Arnol Kaushal of Montgomery Bell Academy and Josh Elliott of Hays High School.
Here's a look at the newcomers to the Lyon squad:
TRANSFER SIGNEES Brandon Brady – Eastern Oklahoma State College
A 6-0, 175-pound sophomore guard, Brady averaged 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists over his final three seasons at Red Oak High School (Tex.) and Pulaski Academy. He then went on to help EOSC to a 21-10 mark a year ago.
The Little Rock, Arkansas native was named Sophomore of the Year in District 15-4A (Red Oak), while recording multiple 30-point games and averaging 14.9 points, 3.9 boards and 3.9 assists.
He then attended Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, averaging 16 points and, five assists and five rebounds as a junior, while leading the team to a 28-2 mark and being named first-team all-district and all-region. As a senior, he was an Arkansas All-State performer, scoring 23 points, while grabbing six rebounds, three steals and adding five assists and then was named an Arkansas All-Star.
“Brandon is a very good skilled passer, shooter and dribbler,” said Lyon head coach Chad Tapp. “He's a player that is very aware of his teammates and very athletic. We're expecting him to score for us and doing a great job defending the ball.”
Matt Kruse – McKendree University
A 6-9, 235-pound sophomore forward/center from Monticello, Illinois, Kruse averaged 10.6 points and eight boards as a senior at Monticello High School, nabbing second-team all-conference and special mention all-area honors for the Sages. He was also an all-state honorable mention, earning a spot in the Heart of Illinois All-Star game, the News-Gazette All-Area game and the Indiana/Illinois War game.
He helped MHS to the sectional finals of the IHSA Class 2A tournament as a senior and ended his high school career as a four-year letterman.
Kruse then went on to play for McKendree in 2013-14.
“Matt moves very well laterally and is a good post defender – something we were really looking for,” Tapp stated. “He can also step out on the perimeter and shoot the ball well. He's a physical kid on the block and passes well.”
Jerome Ziv – Miami Dade College
A 6-8, 220-pound junior forward/center from Miami, Florida, Ziv was a co-captain for Miami Dade College last season and helped the team to the FJCAA State Tournament.
Prior to that, Ziv scored nine points, pulled down eight boards and blocked two shots per game leading his high school squad to back-to-back GMAC Championships and district championships in 2010 and 2011.
“Jerome is another skilled player who passes the ball very well,” the second-year coach added. “He rebounds well and is a good perimeter defender for his size. An added bonus is that he can step out and shoot well and also moves well laterally.”
Dillon Hargrove – North Arkansas Community College
A 6-2, 210-pound sophomore guard, Hargrove scored 18.2 points, pulled down 8.0 rebounds and dished out five assists per game at Flippin High School.
He was a two-time all-state player and a three-time all-conference and all-region performer. He also was a three-time North Arkansas All-Tournament performer and a three-time Harvest all-tourney player.
Hargrove averaged 4.3 points, two rebounds and two assists per game at NACC.
HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES
Scott Parham – Harding Academy
A 6-8, 210-pound freshman forward/center, Parham is a Memphis, Tennessee native who averaged 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot per game at Harding Academy. He also hit 43 percent of his three-pointers and 82 percent of his free throws, while being named all-district.
Parham helped Harding to 20-plus wins in his sophomore, junior and senior years and helped the team to the Tennessee State Semifinals his sophomore year and sub-state as junior and senior seasons.
Cole Crabtree – Cedar Ridge High School
A 6-4, 190-pound freshman guard/forward from Newark, Crabtree averaged 18.5 points and 11.0 rebounds his junior and senior seasons at Cedar Ridge High School, helping the team to consecutive Arkansas Class 2A State Championships.
Crabtree scored 10 points a game as a sophomore, being named NEA All-Tournament and was also an all-conference performer.
He poured in 19 points and 10 rebounds as a junior, earned NEA All-Tournament and all-conference honors again. He was also named all-region and all-state as he led the Timberwolves to the state championship.
As a senior he scored 18 points and pulled down 12 boards, once again leading CRHS to a state title. He was all-district, all-region and all-state, after earning all-tournament recognition at NEA, Lyon and Hurricane tournaments.
Josh Davis – Houston (Tenn.) High School
A 6-0, 175-pound freshman guard, Davis averaged 10.2 points, 4.2 assists, 1.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game at Houston High School in Memphis, Tennessee. He converted 47 percent of his three-point field goals and helped HHS to a Top 10 ranking in Class 3A. He was also all-tournament in the MLK Tournament his senior season.
Cody Faulkner – Salem High School
A 6-3, 170-pound freshman guard, Faulkner averaged 13 points per game at Salem High School (Ark.). He was a Class 2A North All-Conference selection his junior and senior seasons and played in the North Central Arkansas All-Star Classic.
Arnol Kaushal – Montgomery Bell Academy
A 6-3, 190-pound freshman guard, Kaushal was an Associated Press Scholar Athlete and led Montgomery Bell Academy to the Tennessee State semifinals as a senior. He is from Nashville, Tennessee.
Josh Elliott – Hays High School (Tex.)
A 5-10, 160-pound freshman guard from Buda, Texas, Elliott was a team captain at Hays High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society, graduated Cum Laude and was a Scouts Focus 2014 Spring Elite 80 Showcase invitee.