PINE BLUFF, Ark. (UAPB) - Although head coach George Ivory and his University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions basketball team are in the off season, that doesn't mean there isn't work to be done. One Year removed from an NCAA post season ban, when most teams would have to rebuild, Ivory and his Golden Lions hoop squad have literally reloaded.
Last year, the Golden Lions finished tied for second in the SWAC standings with a 15-3 regular season conference record and will go into the 2013-14 season with a 9-0 home court record and will look to add the that total. Gone from a year ago are seniors Terrell Kennedy (13.9 pts. /avg.) First team All- SWAC, Lazabian Jackson (11.9 pts. /avg.) and Mitch Anderson (7.5 pts. /avg.).
"We met some areas of concern, we brought in some big athletic, scores we got everything we needed to be very competitive this year", said head coach George Ivory. "We will have more size in the paint. I will be looking for some returning leadership to help with the team chemistry", added Ivory.
2013 Spring Signings
6'3 - 175lbs - Guard -Leflore High School
Hometown Itta Bena, MS
Stats: Avg. 23pts/g 8reb/g 10asst/g 5stl/g 2 blk/g
He is Honor Student with a 20 on his ACT.
6'8 - 210lbs - Seminole Community College
Hometown: Pine Bluff, AR
Stats: Avg. 15.0pts/g 7.0 Rebs/g 2.0 Asst/g 3.0 blks/g
JoVaughn is a former Pine Bluff High standout. After a stellar high school career he took his talents to Seminole CC where he starred for the past 2 years there. Jovaughn is a talented player who can knock down the 3 pointer as well as attack the basket off the dribble.
6'9 -235 lbs - Fort Bend Travis High School
Hometown: Sugarland, TX
Stats: Avg. 8pts/ 8rebs/ 4blks
David was a member of the 5A State Championship Basketball Team. He played alongside the Harrison twins who signed to play collegiately at Kentucky. David is a tremendous shot blocker, with a 7'2 wing span.
6'9 - 225lbs- Motlow State CC
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Stats: Avg. 5pts / 7rebs
Sterling is a standout center from San Antonio, TX. He helped his Motlow State CC team to the 2013 National Juco Tournament in Hutchinson, KS.