Rick Stansbury is on a hot streak when it comes to landing local talent.
The Mississippi State head coach continued his Magnolia State roll Thursday with a commitment from burly post Gavin Ware
. The 6-foot-8, 240-pound rising senior is rated No. 74 in MaxPreps.com's Class of 2012 Top 100.
The Bulldogs also have 2012 verbals from wing Fred Thomas
of Jim Hill (Jackson, Miss.)
and Craig Sword
of Carver (Montgomery, Ala.)
, rated No. 50 in the 2012 Top 100.
The nationally-ranked 2011 class yielded Mississippi products David Gardner
, Rodney Hood
and Deville Smith
. Local talents Ravern Johnson, Romero Osby and Renardo Sidney (who went to high school in California but is originally from Mississippi) have also signed since 2008.
And what could have been during Stansbury's early years at the school. Mississippi products Monta Ellis (Warriors) and Travis Outlaw (Blazers, Clippers, Nets) both signed with the Bulldogs but opted to head straight to the NBA.Ellison to Life Center Academy
First it was Rafer Alston Christian Life Center (Humble, Texas)
Now another former college and NBA standout is taking a head coaching position at the high school level.Life Center Academy (Burlington, N.J.)
has hired Pervis Ellison to replace Wilson Arroyo, who led the program to a 22-8 record last season.
"To have a coach with Pervis Ellison's experience is a wonderful benefit for our program and players," Life Center athletic director David Boudwin said via press release. "We look forward to a great season and exciting future for Life Center basketball."
Life Center Academy grabbed headlines two years ago when it became the home of LaQuinton Ross (originally from Mississippi, ironically), a highly-touted prospect and 2011 graduate who will play at Ohio State.
Ellison led Louisville to a national title in 1986 and played in the NBA from 1989 to 2000.Ashley to Findlay Prep
It appears Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
has bolstered its frontcourt for 2011-12 in a major way with the addition of Brandon Ashley
, a standout at Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.)
and with the Drew Gooden Soldiers club program.
Rated No. 25 in MaxPreps.com's Class of 2012 Top 100, Ashley will join Canada native Anthony Bennett
and Landen Lucas
to give the Pilots an imposing post trio.
"He'll do really well in our (fast-paced) style," Findlay Prep head coach Michael Peck told Mitch Stephens of MaxPreps.com. "He'll be allowed to play to his strengths. He'll flourish in our system."
Stephens has the complete story here