Hoops players enrolled

Three new basketball players have arrived on campus for Coach Andy Kennedy's program. Signees Reginald Buckner and DeAngelo Riley along with transfer Nick Williams are enrolled and going to class.

Buckner, at 6-foot-9, 210 pounds, was Mr. Basketball in Tennessee in Class A last year, leading Manassas High School to the state crown. He is also the state of Tennessee's all-time shot blocker. He averaged 19 points, 14 rebounds, seven blocked shots, and six assists per game last season.

Buckner lifted his team in the first game of the state tournament in the final quarter or they'd never have won the title. He scored 22 points in that quarter along with nine rebounds and four blocked shots. He averaged over 25 points a game in the state playoffs.

The 6-9 and 235 pound Riley played the past two years at Southwest Tennessee CC. The Memphis native (Kirby High School) helped SWTCC to a 27-3 record and a No. 4 ranking among all junior colleges in the nation as a sophomore last season. Riley was named to the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) All-Western Division team after averaging 12.1 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots per game. He ranked 15th in the nation in blocks as a sophomore and also led his team with 95 blocks as a freshman.

As for Williams, due to NCAA transfer rules, the 6-4, 211-pound Mobile, Alabama, native can practice with the team this fall but is ineligible for the 2009-10 season. Williams, a transfer from Indiana, may begin playing in the 2010-11 campaign with three years of eligibility remaining.

Williams played in all 31 games and started 29 as a freshman for the Hoosiers last season. He averaged 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per outing, while leading the team with a 73.8 percentage from the free-throw line. His scoring improved in Big Ten play, where he averaged 9.8 points and pulled down 4.4 boards.

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