“We are excited about adding five new players to our roster,” said head coach Kyle Tolin. “Just like every year, you try and make things better and that is what our goal was in recruiting. Coach (Justin) Newton and myself have worked extremely hard to find the right fit of guys for the UAM basketball program. We have done extra research and really made it a point of emphasis to find character guys that wanted to be here. We felt like we needed to add depth to our roster and hopefully added enough to help our ten returners out. I appreciate all of Justin’s hard work, he has done a tremendous job. He continues to work tirelessly for the program.”
The New Signees
Ethan Bowman | 6’4″ | Guard | Ozark, Arkansas (Ozark High School)
Bowman made the 2017 All State Basketball Team for Class 4A and was selected to the 2017 Arkansas All-Star Game. He was a two time All-Conference selection, named to the Second Team All-Star Prep, was on the Best of River Valley Team, and was the MVP of the Bank of Ozarks Tournament this season. Bowman averaged 20.7 points, 3.1 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. He had a season high of 36 points and 12 rebounds against Booneville. Over the last two years, he scored 1,012 points.
“It is always good to add an Arkansas All-Stater to our roster,” Tolin said. “Ethan is a super kid from a great family. His size and ability to shoot the ball will be a huge asset for the future of our program. We want high character guys in our program, like Ethan, to continue to carry on the culture that our team has laid down. We really hit it off with Ethan from the beginning and were really impressed by his work ethic and desire to win. Ethan has a very bright future here at UAM.”
Ted Brisco | 6’5″ | Forward | Vicksburg, Mississippi (Mississippi Gulf Coast College)
Brisco attended Porter’s Chapel High School in Vicksburg before playing at Mississippi Gulf Coast College. He was a starter his sophomore year for Gulf Coast, helping lead them to a 19-7 record and a NJCAA Region 23 Tournament playoff appearance. He averaged 12 points per game, shot 61.4 percent from the field and 85.67 percent from the free throw line (where he ranked 25th overall in the country) and averaged 5.7 rebounds, the second highest on his team. He led his team in offensive rebounds and totaled 105 offensive boards over the last two years. He had 13 games in double figures including a career-high 22 points and 12 rebounds against Meridian Community College. On eight different occasions he had seven or more rebounds. As a freshman, he had 18 points and 10 rebounds in the MACJC Tournament against Holmes. During his freshman season he averaged 8.2 points per game, shot 48.2 percent from the field, shot 76.1 percent at the free throw line, and averaged 5.3 rebounds per game.
“Ted has continued to get better and really plays hard. He does whatever is needed for his team to win and has a tremendous story of perseverance,” Tolin said. “Ted is a very strong athlete and has the ability to score around the basket and free throw line at a high percentage. He played on two really good teams for Coach Weathers at Mississippi Gulf Coast and he will really add strength to our low post presence”
Heard attended Westlake High School where he averaged 18 points, five assists, and five rebounds per game. As a freshman, he contributed to South Georgia State College’s 25-7 record. Starting as a sophomore, he averaged seven points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. Heard shot 58.3 percent from the field and 49.2 percent from three-point range, connecting on 29-59 of those treys. He led South Georgia State in assists with 116 overall and had only 33 turnovers on the year. He was 12th in the country in assists-to- turnover ratio. He had 10 games where he scored in double figures including a season high 15 points against Chattahoochee Tech. He also had a season high 11 assists on the year and seven times had five or more assists in games. He helped South Georgia State to 47 wins and only 17 losses over the last two years.
“Jarred is a natural winner,” Tolin said. “He comes from one of the best junior college programs in the country in South Georgia State College, coached by Cory Baldwin. He will help provide us with depth at the guard position and can play both on the point and off. Jarred is a great play-maker, distributor, defender and has the ability to make shots for our team. Jarred comes from a great family and has already been coached at a high level in high school and college. We expect big things out of Jarred.”
Keelin Jackson | 6’5″ | Guard | Clarksdale, Mississippi (Northwest Mississippi Junior College)
Jackson helped lead Clarksdale to a 16-12 record and a berth to the Class 5A state playoffs when he was a high school senior. He averaged 19 points, 11 rebounds and four assists per game. He was named the 2015 Class 5A Division I Most Valuable Player, received team MVP honors, and All-State honorable mention recognition. After high school, Jackson attended Northwest Mississippi Junior College. As a sophomore at Northwest Mississippi, he started every game helping lead Northwest Misssissippi to a 14-9 record. He averaged 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and three assists per game, and shot 38.5 percent from the three-point line, connecting on 35-91. He shot 69.1 percent from the free throw line. Jackson scored in double figures 14 times during his sophomore season and had a game of 18 points against Itawamba. He had 16 points and 11 rebounds against Missouri West Plains this year and a season high five assists in a game against Northeast Mississippi. He was named to the MACJC Second Team and to the MACJC All-Star Team. As a freshman, he started 11 games and averaged 7.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He had seven games in double figures and a season high 19 points against Northeast Mississippi. Jackson helped the Rangers to back-to-back MACJC Tournament appearances and a 31-18 record over his two-year career at Northwest Mississippi College
“Keelin is an extremely versatile player that can score on all three levels,” Tolin said. “He comes highly recommended by Coach Skelton and Coach Oakley at Northwest Mississippi, not only as an athlete, but for his high character and leadership. We think he can come in and play multiple positions for our team and his personality fits right in with our culture. He comes from the same program as current Weevil Tyrin Jones and we are looking for him to have a great career here at UAM.”
As a sophomore, Maddred played at Southwestern Iowa Community College wehre he averaged 10.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game and shot 53.8 percent from the field. He shot 40 percent from three-point range, connecting on 54-135. He had 23 games where he scored in double figures, had a season high 21 points and nine rebounds on 7-for-9 shooting, and was 4-for-4 on three-pointers against Indian Hills Junior College. After that game he was named as the NJCAA DII Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. He had 10 games where he had seven boards or more and twice had games with 10 rebounds. He helped lead Southwestern Iowa to a 36-1 record and to the NJCAA II National Championship. He had 11 points and seven rebounds in the final against Louisburg College. He was named the ICCAC Athlete of the Week during the course of the season.
“Jamil is a very versatile player both offensively and defensively,” Tolin said. “He’s coming off an NJCAA National Championship and we think he can add his winning culture to our own. He has the ability to really shoot the ball from deep and is a very strong and explosive for his size. Jamil was a student ambassador for his team at Southwestern Iowa for Coach Todd Lorensen and is as strong in the classroom as he is on the floor. We are very lucky to add him to our program.”