After back to back appearances in the NJCAA Tournament, South Plains College is facing a bit of uncertainty in 2003-2004.
So Texans Head Coach Steve Green was happy to welcome a pair of newcomers with lofty credentials to his program this fall.
South Plains has gained the services of sharp-shooting 6-0, 180 pound point guard Julian Richardson of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Richardson red-shirted last year at Oklahoma State, so he will be a freshman at South Plains this year. However, if he takes care of business in the classroom, there's a good chance Richardson can leave the Texans with three years to play on the Division I level.
"Julian is very fast and passes it well," Green said.
Richardson could form a potent backcourt tandem with returning 6-3 sophomore combo guard Daevon Haskins.
Speaking of Haskins, his former high school teammate, 6-8, 260 pound center Dennard Abraham, has also enrolled at South Plains this fall.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Abraham and Haskins played at Notre Dame Academy in Virginia during the 2001-2002 season.
As a senior last year at Notre Dame, Abraham committed to St. Louis University, but failed to qualify academically. A physical big man with decent skills, Abraham should help buffer the loss of 6-8 Marcus Jackson and 6-10 Cassiano Matheus from the Texans' frontcourt.
Jackson is now at Marquette; Matheus is at Utah State.
Green feels that Abraham will help the Texans immediately if he can improve his conditioning and drop some weight off his meaty 260 pound frame.
JUCO Junction hopes to catch South Plains during the 2003-2004 basketball season, and if we do, we will provide a scouting report at that time. Meanwhile, we'll keep you up to date on any developments in their recruiting scenarios. Stay tuned.