Grant McCasland is quickly filling the Arkansas State Red Wolves’ basketball roster.
Less than a month on the job, McCasland has added three players to the roster. On Friday, 6-foot-5 Deven Simms, a first team junior college all-American at Connors (Okla.) State, signed his letter of intent and on Sunday, 6-8 forward Tamas Bruce of John A. Logan (Ill.) College and 6-foot point guard Rashad Lindsey of Moberly Area (Mo.) College, committed to the Red Wolves.
Bruce, who played at Osceola, averaged 11 points, 8 rebounds a game for Logan. His final game, a 78-73 lost to Vincennes, he had 20 points and 17 rebounds. He earned All-State honors at Osceola where he averaged 17.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 6 blocks a game.
“Tamas is long and athletic,’’ said Logan coach Kyle Smithpeters. “He plays extremely hard and possesses a good skill set. He should contend right away for playing time as he battles … down in the paint very day in practice.”
Lindsey averaged 12.6 points, 4 assists, 3.3 rebounds per game for MACC. In the regional tournament he had games of 28 and 26 points. For the season he shot 43.9 percent from the field and 41.6 percent from 3-pointers.
When Lindsey signed with Mobley, coach Pat Smith said: “Rashad Lindsey gives us a chance to play more of an up-tempo type of game, more so than we were able to do this past year. He just plays with a flair. He is the type of young man I want in this program and there is no doubt he will come to make a major impact on this program.
Simms signed on Friday, bringing to an end a wild 3-day swing where he committed to the Red Wolves, de-committed on Thursday and signed on Friday.
“We are excited to have Deven join our family as the first signee this spring,” said McCasland. “I really like the versatility, athleticism and competitiveness that Deven will bring to our program. He is a dynamic guard that can score, distribute and rebound at a high level. Deven was the leading scorer on a highly successful team and he will bring that playmaking experience to our team. I’m excited for what he can bring to Arkansas State, both on and off the court.”