Price announces fall signees
BEAUMONT — So far, Tic Price’s second fall signing class for Lamar University men’s basketball has quite the local flavor.
Price announced Wednesday that Beaumont Central swingman Tyrin “T.J.” Atwood and Dallas guard Cameron McGee will join Nederland alumnus and Lamar State College-Port Arthur forwared Colton Weisbrod as newcomers for the 2016-17 Cardinals season. Weisbrod will have a signing ceremony along with teammate
Jordon Harris, who is committing to Louisiana-Monroe, Thursday at LSC-PA.
The 6-foot-6 Atwood led Central to the 5A state semifinals last season was ranked as one of the top players in the Houston area by RCSsports.com and among the top 50 in Texas by basketball.com. He averaged 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists during a 32-4 campaign for the Jaguars, chalking up 26 points and 16 boards a game during the playoffs.
McGee, who’s a standout at Newman Smith High, will join Dallas Showtyme club teammates Kevin Booze and Josh Nzeakor on the Cardinals. The 46th-ranked player according to TexasHoops.com, McGee shot 42 percent from three-point range and averaged 15 points, 5 assists and 2.5 steals per game for Newman Smith.
Weisbrod transferred to LSC-PA after one season at one of Price’s former workplaces, the University of New Orleans. He is averaging 22 points and 8 rebounds in three games for the Seahawks.
“We’re very fortunate that we found three guys that plugged some much needed holes,” Price said in a release. “Two of the three are from Southeast Texas. These are all guys who are capable of coming in and getting immediate playing time, but that is up to them. They have to come here and earn it, but that opportunity is available.”
The 2015-16 LU team begins its season at 7 p.m. Friday in the Montagne Center against Austin College of Sherman.