GREENSBORO, NC – UNC Greensboro men’s basketball coach Mike Dement announced Sunday the commitments of three high school student-athletes during the recent National Letter of Intent early signing period.
The Spartans received signed NLIs during the early signing period from 6-8 forward DeAngelo Jackson, 6-7 forward Darrius Sellers and 6-1 guard Landon Clement.
“We are happy to have signed three prospects each of which are currently playing inside the state North Carolina,” said Dement, who is currently in his 20th season as a head coach. “Clement is a scoring point guard who had a very good summer and I believe will have a great senior year at Sanderson High School. He is a tough guard who can really shoot it and works really hard at his game.
“Sellers is an excellent leaper athlete who can block and alter shots,” Dement said of the 6-7 forward. “He can be an excellent rebounder down the road and will provide a great deal of experience since he is entering his second season at Charis Prep.
“Jackson is a slender athletic forward,” said Dement. “He has long arms and can block shots. With added weight and experience, we think he can develop into a fine college forward.
“Each of these young men are playing for outstanding coaches at their schools and are fundamentally prepared for college both in basketball and academics when they arrive here over the summer. We look forward to them joining us.”
Jackson is in his first season at Harnett Central HS in Angier, NC after moving across the country with his family. He spent the last three years at Timberline HS in Olympia, WA. He averaged 10.5 points and 9.8 rebounds last year at Timberline.
“DeAngelo will be a good addition to UNCG, as well as our program here at Harnett Central,” said Harnett Central’s coach Will Gage. “He brings a lot to the table because he is successfully both athletically and academically. He is agreat kid that will succeed because of his work ethic and character.
Sellers is currently enrolled at Charis Prep in Goldsboro, NC. He graduated from in the spring of 2005 from Campbell HS in Smyrna, GA and is entering his second year at Charis Prep. He is expected to be the top player for Charis Prep again this season after averaging 16 points per game last year.
“I am pleased to know that Darrius will continue his basketball career at UNCG,” said Charis Prep coach Carlos Peralta. “I have known Coach Dement since he was a high school coach in Henderson (back in the 1970s). It is good to know that Darrius will be played for a good coach as well as a friend.”
Clement is currently a senior at Sanderson HS in Raleigh, NC. As a junior, he helped his team to a 23-5 mark and was second on the team in scoring, despite coming off the bench, and shooting better than 40 percent from three-point range.
“Landon is probably the best shooter that I have ever coached in my career,” said Sanderson HS coach Levelle Moton. “Landon is a great combo guard with a high basketball IQ that will help UNCG. He is a remarkable young man.”
UNCG opens Southern Conference play on Monday night when the Spartans host Wofford at 7 pm.
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