Nov. 16, 2012
BEAUMONT - Lamar University has inked a pair of junior college players and one high school senior to continue their basketball careers next season, announced second-year head coach Pat Knight on Wednesday's early signing day.
Anthony Holliday and Terrance Traylor both play for Cerritos (Calif.) College, while Marcus Owens is currently a senior at Deerfield Beach High School in Florida.
Holliday is a 6-foot-2 guard who will have two years of eligibility remaining at Lamar. A native of Los Angeles, Holliday was a second-team All-South Coast Conference performer last season after leading the Falcons in scoring at 13.0 points per game.
Holliday, who scored a season-high 27 points against Los Angeles Trade-Tech College, led the team with 33 3-pointers in 26 games, adding 2.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Holliday scored in double-figures 17 times as a freshman and connected on 93 of his 120 free throw attempts (77.5 percent).
A three-time all-city and All-Suburban League selection at Norwalk (Calif.) High School, Holiday averaged 24 points, six rebounds and four assists per game as a senior. Holliday, who scored 20 ppg as a junior, scored a career-high 50 points against Mater Dei High School.
Also from Los Angles, the 6-foot-7 Traylor was an All-San Gabriel Valley League performer as a junior and senior at Dominguez (Calif.) High School. The forward posted averages of 16 points and 12 rebounds per game as a senior and 12 points and eight boards per contest as a junior.
Traylor, who also lettered in football and volleyball, had a 38-point, 16-rebound game as a senior.
Owens is a 6-foot-4 wing player who led his team to the Florida Class 8A Regional Finals as a junior. The Bucks finished 22-5 overall and with a perfect 12-0 league record last season as Owens registered 17.5 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game.
An outstanding long-range shooter, Owens is also a strong rebounder from the guard spot. His Deerfield Beach squad is a preseason top 10 team in Florida's largest classification.
Lamar has three seniors on its roster this season in Stan Brown
, Donley Minor
and Nikko Acosta