Men's Basketball: Panther newcomers for 2015-16 season announced

Men's Basketball: Panther newcomers for 2015-16 season announced

Elijah Adedoyin (Orlando, Fla.)- This 6-5, 185-pound wing player, from Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, is a matchup nightmare.  Elijah has the ability to handle the ball, shoot from anywhere on the floor, and the strength to post up and score inside. He will prove to be an impact player for the Panthers early on.  He was a Orlando Sentinel All-Metro and All-Orange County selection, and voted Athlete of the Year at Faith Christian during his senior campaign.  A strong academic performer, he was the president of the National Honors Society at Faith Christian. Elijah will be pursuing a degree in biology with a track in pre-medicine.

Agrlin Braxton (Decatur, Ga.)- This 6-2, 175-pound wing from The Springwood School in Lanett, Ala., is a versatile wing, a true diamond in the rough. After transferring from Callaway High School to Springwood, he showed the potential for a tremendous upside and unique skill set.  Agrlin is a strong defender and steady scorer, who led the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding as a senior.  He was a Opelika-Auburn All-Area team selection and participated in the AISA All-Star Game. Agrlin will be pursuing a degree in Political Science.

Jared Henderson (Birmingham, Ala.)- This 6-6, 210-pound post player from Mountain Brook High School has a non-stop motor.  Jared is a high intensity, high effort player who is an outstanding shooter.  Jared's height and strength inside, with the ability to knock down shots on the perimeter, will make him a true asset for the Panthers in the next four years.  At Mountain Brook, he played in an up-tempo, pressured filled system, leading to a state runner up finish last season. Jared will be pursuing a degree in religious studies.

Brandon Hopson (Lawrenceville, Ga.)- This 5-11 180-pound guard from Peachtree Ridge High School is a true throwback guard, who looks to get his teammates involved first.  Brandon can play both the point guard and wing positions. He is a tenacious defender, resulting in him being awarded the Defensive Player of the Year award for the Lions as a senior.  Brandon was voted a team captain and is a hard worker with a tremendous upside.  Brandon will be pursuing a degree in business.

John (Jack) McCormack II (Jacksonville, Fla.)-  This 6-1, 160-pound guard from Bishop Snyder High School is a flat out shooter.  Jack has the ability to shoot the 3-ball with great accuracy, and ranked 12th in the state of Florida (according to Max Preps) in 3-point percentage, finishing the year at a robust 44 percent.  Jack is deceptively quick, with the ability to get to the basket and finish when over played.  A strong asset on and off the floor, Jack graduated cum laude and was the Most Valuable Player for the Cardinals his senior year.  Jack will be pursing a degree in economics.

Jamison McCray (Dothan, Ala.)- This 6-2 180-pound wing from Slocomb High School is Mr. Versatility.  Jamison led his team in scoring, steals, assists, and was second in rebounding during an outstanding senior year. He garnered numerous accolades, including The Dothan Eagle Super 12 Player of the Year, and nominations on the ASWA All-Area and All State squads.  Jamison can score from the perimeter and his incredible leaping ability gives him the ability to finish in the paint.  Jamison's ability to put the ball in the basket led to 1,582 career points in high school. Jamison will be pursuing a degree in nursing.

Antonio McKinney (Macon, Ga.)- This 6-3, 200-pound wing from Windsor Academy was an integral part of the Knights 2015 GISA state championship team.  Antonio is a smooth player and can score the ball in many different ways, with 1,031 career points as proof.  He has very quick hands on defense and rebounds well for his size. A two-time GISA All-Star selection and a 2015 All-Region and All-State team member, McKinney has the ability to become a big contributor for the Panthers.  Antonio is undecided on his degree path.

Matthew Moody (Jonesboro, Ga.)-  This 5-9 145-pound point guard was the leading scorer for the Creekside Christian Academy's second straight GICAA state championship team during the 2014-15 season.  Matt is an extremely quick guard with the ability to get to the basket and finish in the paint or distribute to a teammate for an easy bucket.  Matt also has a nice touch from outside that helped him lead the Cougars in scoring, averaging a robust 23.5 points per game.  A strong senior year campaign ended with him being voted to the GICAA All-Region and All-State squads.  Matt is pursuing a degree in Biology.

Maurice Murphy (Enterprise, Ala.)- This 6-4, 180-pound wing from Enterprise High School is a well-rounded player with the ability to score and defend at multiple positions.  Maurice can get to get to the basket and finish at the rim. He has developed a sharp outside shooting touch.  Maurice's athleticism allows him to be a force on the offensive and defensive backboards. He was an All-AHSAA Central Region Tournament team selection, and voted to the ASWA All-State squad in Class 7A. Maurice will be pursuing a degree in exercise science.

Miles Rice (Montgomery, Ala.)- This 6-5, 190-pound wing/post player is a transfer from Point (Ga.) University, and is a human jumping jack.  He has the ability to defend any position.  Miles' quickness and athleticism makes him tough on opposing guards and wings, while his height and jumping ability make him a formidable stopper in the paint.  He appeared in 30 games for the Skyhawks last season averaging close to three points and rebounds a game in a reserve role.  Miles played his high school basketball at Montgomery Catholic.  He is undecided on his degree path.

Cody Smith (Prattville, Ala.)- This 6-6, 230-pound post player from Prattville High School is a big time bruiser.  Cody's size and strength makes him to bang and rebound with anyone at the college level.   He is still developing a true offensive identity, but has the work ethic and determination to become a true force in the paint for the Panthers.  As a senior, Smith led the Lions in rebounding and blocked shots.  Cody is undecided on his degree path.

Travis Thompson (Austell, Ga.)- This 6-5, 195-pound cager from Carver High School in Atlanta is a complete player.  Travis can knock down shoots from the perimeter and finish over the rim.  He was a big-time scorer and rebounder in a tough metro Atlanta region.  Travis was a first team All-Region selection as a senior.   Travis is strong in the classroom, earning the prestigious Ray Kroc and Coca-Cola Scholar-Athlete awards at the end of his senior year.  He will be pursuing a degree in accounting.

Stephen Wagner (Cape Coral, Fla.)- This 5-9, 150-pound guard from Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers is a prototypical point guard.  Wagner can handle the basketball with excellent precision and facilitate scoring at a high pace.  He set the single season assists record for the Vikings this past season. Wagner led his team to a strong showing in the FHSAA state playoffs, and was selected to the SWFL All-Star squad.  Wagner is the younger brother of current senior guard, Mark Wagner.  Stephen is pursuing a political science degree with the emphasis of pre-law.

Darius Wonnum (Thomaston, Ga.)- This 6-2, 185-pound wing from Mount de Sales Catholic School in Macon is a tenacious defender and all-around team player.  Wonnum was a three-time All-Region performer and ranks first in games for the Cavaliers.  Darius can defend anyone on the floor and has a great knack for rebounding for his size, with over 600 career rebounds.  A hard worker, Darius runs the floor extremely well and can score in transition.  Darius will be pursuing a degree in business with a concentration in sports management.

Andrew (Drew) Vanderbrook (Clearwater, Fla.)-  This 6-8, 180-pound NJCAA transfer from Indian River State (Fla.) College, can flat out shoot the basketball.  A unique talent, "Vandy" has guard skills combined with height, making him a tough matchup for opponents.  In 27 games for the Pioneers, Vanderbrook averaged 10.3 points a game, shooting a gaudy 45.2 percent from beyond the arc and a solid 80 percent from the charity stripe, playing in one of the most competitive NJCAA conferences in the nation.  A high school teammate of current Panther Tyler Langston, Drew was a member of the Wharton High School program that played for a Florida state title during their senior year.   Drew will be pursuing a degree in business with a concentration in sports management.