Aug. 31, 2010
RUSTON, La. -
Louisiana Tech head coach Kerry Rupp and his staff have signed eight newcomers to national letters of intent and added one walk-on for the 2010-11 men's basketball season.
Having lost five letterwinners from last season's 24-11 team, including second round NBA draft pick Magnum Rolle and Kyle Gibson who ranks sixth on the all-time scoring list, Rupp and Co. had a lot of work to do this summer.
"We are very excited about our recruiting class," Rupp said. "This will give us high caliber players as well as outstanding young men to work with and who will fit into our program and system extremely well. I want to praise my entire staff on the excellent job of working together to bring in this outstanding group of student-athletes."
Of the nine new Bulldogs, four are college transfers and five are incoming freshmen with two from the state of Louisiana.
Stojan Gjuroski (Skopje, Macedonia) is a 6-7, 190-pound wing who averaged eight points, five assists and four rebounds during his senior season at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J. Gjuroski was one of the key members of his prep team that finished ranked eighth in the New Jersey Postseason High School Fantastic 65. Prior to LCA, he was a member of the U18 Macedonian national team.
Cordarius Johnson (Coushatta, La.) is a 6-5, 215-pound guard who averaged 23 points as a junior and 18 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior at Red River High School. He led Red River to an appearance in the LHSAA Top 20 last season. He was also a standout in football, making all-state his junior and senior seasons as a quarterback for Red River.
James "Deuce" Johnson (Los Angeles, Calif.) is a 6-7, 250-pound forward who averaged 14.5 points and 6.8 rebounds for Campbell Hall last season. He was named first team all-Olympic league and second team all-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section. As a sophomore, Johnson won a state championship while playing alongside current NBA player Jrue Holiday.
J.L. Lewis (Gonzales, La.) is a 6-8, 220lb forward who comes to Tech from the University of New Orleans after playing in all but one game as a freshman for the Privateers. While at Episcopal High School, Lewis was a first-team all-State performer, averaging 21.1 points and 10.2 rebounds his senior season. He also led his team to the 2008 Class 2A semifinals, the school's first state semifinal appearance in 30 years.
Kenyon McNeaill (Conway, Ark.) is a 6-0, 180-pound guard is coming off of a state championship with Conway High School as he averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists on the season. He is ranked as the No. 4 player prep player in the state of Arkansas.
Antwond Roshell (Milwaukee, Wis.) is a 6-9, 250-pound center who averaged 4.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks as a sophomore at John A. Logan College. He was ranked as the 57th best recruit overall among junior college players.
C.J. Scott (Seaford, Del.) is a 6-1, 205-pound guard that averaged 7.8 points as a sophomore for Harcum College. He earned Academic All-American status while helping the pennsylvania community college to an impressive 26-3 record and a top five national ranking. Scott, an invited walk-on for Tech, spent over three years in the United States Air Force prior to his enrollment at Harcum.
Romario Souza (Minas Gerais, Brazil) is a 6-9, 250-pound forward who averaged 7.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore at the College of Southern Idaho. While in Brazil, he was awarded best player of the state in 2006 and 2007.
Lonnie Smith (Birmingham, Ala.) is a 6-5, 185-pound forward who averaged 17 points while leading Ramsay High School to a class 4A state championship. He was named second team all-state by the Alabama Sports Writers Association while also earning a spot in the annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.
The Bulldogs hold their first practice of the season on Oct. 15.
|No.||Name||Class||Hometown (Last School)|
|3||CJ Scott||Jr.||Seaford, Del. (Harcum College)|
|10||Stojan Gjuroski||Jr.||Skopje, Macedonia (Life Center Academy)|
|15||Antwond Roshell||Jr.||Milwaukee, Wis. (John A. Logan College)|
|20||Lonnie Smith||Fr.||Birmingham, Ala. (Ramsey HS)|
|21||Kenyon McNeaill||Fr.||Conway, Ark. (Conway HS)|
|22||Cordarius Johnson||Fr.||Coushatta, La. (Red River HS)|
|23||James Johnson||Fr.||Los Angeles, Calif. (Campbell Hall)|
|25||J.L. Lewis||So.||Gonzales, La. (University of New Orleans)|
|45||Romario Souza||So.||Mias Gerais, Brazil (College of Southern Idaho)|