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JCSU signs six basketball recruits
Signess include juco all-America Lotharp
Published Monday, May 14, 2012 11:03 am
by Herbert L. White

Johnson C. Smith basketball is in for a roster overhaul in 2012.

The Golden Bulls signed six recruits for next season, including guards Joshua Linson of Queen City Prep, who averaged 27 points per game last season, and Diondre Pratt of Anson County High, who averaged 20 points and eight rebounds an outing as a senior. JCSU, which went 12-15 in 2011-12, finished below .500 for the first time since 1996-97. The lone senior on last year’s 12-player roster was guard James Otey.

Pratt, 6-4, 210 pounds, earned a spot in July’s East-West All Star Game in Greensboro, and was an all-conference and all-district pick as well as MVP of the CMC Holiday Classic.

Linson, a 6-1 native of San Antonio, Texas, set a Queen City Prep record with 13 three-pointers made in a game.

JCSU signed three junior college standouts in Markell Lotharp of Marshville, Kameko Walls of Winston-Salem and Emilo Parks of Cleveland. Lotharp, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound small forward, earned NJCAA Division III all-America honors at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst. He averaged 18 points and nine rebounds at Sandhills, which won the junior college national championship last year and earned a berth in the NJCAA All Star Game in Las Vegas in July.

Parks, 6-6, 230, averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds as a freshman at USC Salkehatchie in Walterboro, S.C. Lotharp and Walls have two years eligibility remaining. Parks has three.

Walls, a 6-4, 185-pound swingman, averaged 18 points four assists and three rebounds last season at Brunswick Community College in Supply, N.C.

The Golden Bulls landed one of Virginia’s top players in Christopher Williams, an all-state forward at Oscar Smith High in Chesapeake. Williams, who is 6-5, 215 pounds, averaged 18 points and four boards per game as a senior and was named to the Virginia High School All-Star game and Hampton Roads Top 20 Classic in July.



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