Dec. 14, 2007
BEAUMONT - Lamar University signed three players during the early signing period, including local product Brandon Moton who prepped at Central High School, to national letters-of-intent to continue their education and play men's basketball for the Cardinals, announced Head Coach Steve Roccaforte.
In addition to Moton, Charlie Harper of San Antonio Madison High School and Skyler Williams of Chipola College will be joining the Cardinals for the 2008-09 season next fall.
A 6-4, 200 pound guard, Moton was a three-time first-team all-district performer at Central, where he was coached by former Lamar player Calvin Rice. He was a Top 50 players in the state of Texas as a senior and was a James Gamble Award nominee and a McDonald's All-America nominee.
Moton, who is a sophomore at Angelina College this year, averaged 9.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 1.3 apg as a freshman last season. He shot 43 percent from the field, 41 percent from three-point range and 70 percent from the free throw line. He led Angelina with 55 3-pointers made.
A 6-4, 185-pound guard, Harper has helped Madison win to straight district championships and advance to the Class 5A semifinals last season. He averaged 8.0 ppg last season and was an honorable mention all-district performer. Madison is ranked among the Top 20 Class 5A teams in the state.
Harper, who is a three-year varsity letterwinner, is ranked as the 48th best prospect in the state by Texas Roundball and 72nd by Texas Hoops. He played for the San Antonio AAU team last summer where he averaged 17.5 ppg and 10.0 rpg. He helped lead the team to the 2007 Las Vegas Main Event championship.
Williams, a 6-2, 190-pound guard, averaged 4.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 1.1 spg as a freshman last season at Chipola College, which was ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA Top 25 poll much of the year and advanced to the NJCAA National Championship game. He shot 43 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range and 65 percent from the free throw line. Williams is redshirting this season which will give him three years of eligibility at Lamar.
A native of Dublin, Ga., Williams prepped at East Laurens High School where he was also one of the top quarterbacks in the state. Chipola College, who has had six players sign early to play next year at four-year institutions, is off to a 14-0 start this season and is ranked as the No. 1 team in the country.
Lamar Men's Basketball 2008-09 Early Signing Recruiting Class
Charlie Harper, G, 6-4, 185, San Antonio, Texas/Madison HS
Brandon Moton, G, 6-4, 200, Beaumont, Texas/Angelina College
Skyler Williams, G, 6-2, 190, Dublin, GA/Chipola College