Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A&M-Commerce signs 5, including 4 Division I Transfers

Lions Sign Five

The men’s basketball coaching staff at Texas A&M University-Commerce announced today the signing of five new players who will join the Lions for the upcoming season. All five bring an accolade-filled background to a team that advanced to the championship game of the Lone Star Conference Tournament in 2007-08.

Cardell Hunter, a 6-1 guard, is the first of four Division I transfers to join the Lions. He spent the last three seasons at the University of Texas-Arlington, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2007-08. After redshirting as a freshman with the Mavericks, he saw action in 62 games over the last two seasons and averaged 4.0 points, 2.8 assists and 2.1 rebounds a contest. He scored a career-high 12 points against Texas-San Antonio (Jan. 23, 2008) and Sam Houston State (Feb. 22, 2007). Last year, he dished out six assists in three-different games and had five rebounds in a game twice. As a redshirt freshman in 2006-07, he was a member of the Southland Conference All-Academic Honorable Mention Team. Hunter is a graduate of Carter High School in Dallas. In high school, he was named first-team all-district, all-region and all-state while leading the Cowboys to a 34-5 record and a state semifinal appearance his senior season. In addition, he was a McDonald's All-American nominee as a senior and second-team all-district performer his junior season. In the classroom, he was a member of the A/B Honor Roll and inducted into the National Honor Society and named to the Who's Who Among American High School Students.

Sammy Jackson, a 6-5 forward, comes to A&M-Commerce after spending the last two years at Jacksonville Junior College in Jacksonville, Texas. Last year, he averaged 10.0 points and a team-best 7.1 rebounds a contest as well as making 55.2 percent of his shots from the field. As a freshman, he averaged 9.1 points and 5.8 rebounds a contest en route to honorable mention all-region honors.

The third Lions signee, Michael Milton, is the all-time leading scorer at Plano Senior High and comes to A&M-Commerce after previously attending Big 12 member, Texas Tech. As a high school senior, he was named first team all state, district MVP, Dallas Morning News first team all area and a TABC All-Star while averaging 21.9 points and 6.5 rebounds a game. Milton set the school single-game scoring record with 41 points and was a three-time all-district selection.....

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