Aug. 21, 2014
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Three junior college transfers and a southeast Texas prep standout have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their playing careers at Lamar announced head coach Tic Price
Thursday afternoon. Zjori Bosha (Sour Lake, Texas/Hardin-Jefferson HS), Zachary Hollis (Palmdale, Calif./Antelope Valley College), Quan Jones (Little Rock, Ark./Connors State College) and Dontavious Sears (Memphis, Tenn./Eastern Oklahoma State College) will continue their education at Lamar this season.
With only one senior on the 2013-14 roster, the additional scholarships came available when Keilan Blanks, Octavius Green, Nimrod Hilliard and Rhon Mitchell announced they would not return to the program.
"We're very happy with this signing class," said Price. "We feel like we were able to fill several needs - guys who can score and size underneath the basket. All of these kids can put the ball in the basket. In addition to that, we were able to add a local product. Any time you're able to sign guys from your area it is a great feeling. Zjori is just oozing with talent, and can fill up the stat sheet.
"This class was a true team effort. The assistant coaches came in and were able to close the deal in a very short period of time. The current players did a great job as hosts. Everyone did a remarkable job," added Price.
Bosha headlines a class that will bring some added scoring punch to a roster that was inconsistent offensively last season. The Cardinals finished 14th in the Southland averaging less than 67 points per game in 2013-14. Bosha will be an immediate boost to the Cardinals lineup having averaged better than 26 points per game in his final two seasons in high school.
Shooting the ball at better than a 60 percent clip from the field, Bosha is one of three in this signing class that is known for shooting at a high percentage throughout his career. In addition to the Bosha, both Jones and Sears connected on 40 percent of their shots from beyond the arc as prepsters.
"Having the ability to shoot for a high percentage comes not only from talent but also good shot selection," said Price. "These guys understand the game and know when to take shots and when not to. Player development is very important to each of them, and they don't mind going the extra mile. They can all be described as gym rats."
Sears averaged 17 points per game last season with EOSC, and shot better than 40 percent from beyond the three-point arc at the junior college level. While Jones was a two-star prospect out of high school that has played for highly successful programs at both the high school and junior college levels.
Hollis answer a definite need bringing added size to the Lamar roster at 6-9, 220-pounds. Hollis' biggest asset to the team may be in the areas that don't necessarily show up in the stat sheet. Labeled a hard-worker around the basket, Hollis averaged a double-double per game during his high school career.
"Hollis was a late addition to our signing class," said Price. "He is a long, athletic guy who can run the floor and score inside and out. He also brings some added size to our program which we really needed."
2014 Lamar Signee Player Bios
Zjori Bosha 6-5 185 G Sour Lake, Texas/Hardin-Jefferson HS:
High School: A big-time scorer who averaged 28.7 points and better than six assists per game as a senior ... Shot 64 percent from the field, and 82 percent from the free throw line ... That coming on the heels of a junior campaign that saw him averaging 24 points, six rebounds, six steals and five rebounds per game ... Garnered first-team all-state and all-region honors following his junior and senior seasons ... Named district newcomer of the year as of freshman ... A second-team all-district as a sophomore ... Guided Hardin-Jefferson to a top-20 state ranking ... Graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer with more than 2,600 points ... Received recruiting attention from McNeese State and Arkansas.
Zachary Hollis 6-9 220 F/C Palmdale, Calif./Knight HS (Antelope Valley College):
Junior College: Played in 32 games earning 17 starts as a sophomore ... Averaged six points, four rebounds and one block per game during his sophomore season at Antelope Valley ... Helped guide AVC to 27-5 overall record and the top seed in the Southern California playoffs ... Marauders advanced to the semifinals ... The 27 victories marked the fourth-best mark of any AVC team.
High School: Averaged a double-double per game in high school ... Scored 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds during his prep career ... Also dished out three assists per game during his high school career.
Quan Jones 6-3 170 G Little Rock, Ark./Hall HS (Connors State College):
Junior College: Juco team entered conference play as the top-ranked juco team in Oklahoma this past season according to the OKHoops.com Power Rankings ... Connors State cracked the NJCAA top 25 during the 2013-14 season.
High School: A two-star athlete, according to Rivals.com ... Averaged 9.8 points and 2.9 assists per game during his senior year ... Also knocked down 40 percent of his three-point shots as a prepster ... Guided Hall High School to a 27-3 (.900) overall record, and a perfect 14-0 conference mark during his final season ... Hall finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the state, and No. 22 nationally ... Was recruited by Arkansas-Little Rock, Tennessee-Martin and UMKC out of high school.
Dontavious Sears 6-5 185 F Memphis, Tenn./Manassas HS (Eastern Oklahoma State):
Junior College: Averaged nearly 17 points and grabbed nearly seven rebounds per game during his sophomore year at EOSC ... Shot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from beyond the three-point arc and 80 percent from the free throw line.
High School: Averaged 18 points and nearly nine rebounds per game as a junior in high school ... Also averaged nearly three blocks per contest during the 2010-11 season ... Accurate long-range shooter, recording 76 triples as a junior (76-of-163/.466).