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May 24, 2013

Knight adds 3 JCs for LU basketball roster

BEAUMONT — BEAUMONT – Looking to add experience and maturity to his team, Lamar men’s

basketball coach Pat Knight announced the signings of three junior college

players to National Letters of Intent on Friday.

    Lamar inked a pair of forwards in Octavius Green and Tyran de Lattibeaudiere, as

well as point guard Nimrod Hilliard. Last month Knight signed forward Donovan

Ross out of Southwest Mississippi Community College to go along with early

signees Anthony Holliday (Cerritos College) and Marcus Owens (Deerfield Beach

High School).

    Green is a 6-foot-7, 215-pound native of Gainesville, Fla., who comes to Lamar

from South Georgia Technical College. Green helped the Jets to a 22-10 record

after averaging 12.5 points and 12.9 rebounds per game. His rebound average was

second-best in NJCAA Division I.

    “Octavius is really versatile,” said Knight. “He can score around the

bucket but can also go outside and be a threat. His rebounding is what really

impressed us and athletically he can play a couple different positions.”

    Green scored in double-figures 22 times as a sophomore and pulled down at least

10 rebounds on 27 occasions. He posted 24 points and a career-best 19 rebounds

in a 119-76 win over Sound Doctrine and scored a season-high 25 points with 15

boards against Chattahoochee Technical College.

    Green prepped at Gainesville (Fla.) High School where he posted averages of 9.2

points and 6.0 rebounds as a senior for the 24-7 Hurricanes. He was named

honorable mention all-area by the Gainesville Sun.

    De Lattibeaudiere played two seasons at junior college power Vincennes (Ind.)

University, helping the Trailblazers to the 2013 NJCAA Final Four. A 6-foot-6,

210-pound forward, de Lattibeaudiere posted averages of 5.6 points and 4.3

rebounds as a sophomore.

    “Tyran is a very good athlete who can rebound, block shots and score around

the bucket,” said Knight. “He’s the prototypical forward that I think you

need to have in this league. He has long arms and he didn’t have to do it in

junior college, but he can go out on the floor and shoot it. He’s

versatile.”

    De Lattibeaudiere, who played at Tivoli Gardens High School in his native

Jamaica, posted season-highs of 16 points and 12 rebounds against Roane State.

He shot 51.0 percent from the floor and helped the Trailblazers to a sparkling

61-7 record over his two season.

    Hilliard is a 6-foot-1, 155-pound guard who played last season at Jacksonville

(Texas) College after spending his freshman season at South Dakota. Hilliard

posted 8.8 points, 5.2 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game last year for the 22-9

Jaguars.

    “We wanted to get some older guards in here to help our younger guys,” said

Knight. “Nimrod is a really good passer and ball handler. He’s a good

shooter and he just has a really good feel for the game. We wanted more maturity

in the backcourt to get us back where we need to be.”

    Hilliard scored a season-high 24 points in a 108-105 win over San Jacinto

College-Central last season and handed out 11 assists versus Lee College. As a

freshman at USD, Hilliard averaged 2.6 points and 2.0 assists in 18 games.

    A native of Madison, Wisc., Hilliard was named Mr. Basketball in the state after

averaging 24.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.9 steals per game for

Madison East High School. Hilliard was all-state honorable mention as a junior

with averages of 17 points and seven assists.

 

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