Moccasins Ink Six for 2019-20

Moccasins Ink Six for 2019-20

LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College men's basketball head coach Mike Donnelly has announced the addition of six players to his team's roster for the upcoming 2019-20 campaign. The Moccasins will add four transfers and two prep players to a squad that is coming off a Sunshine State Conference Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament appearance this past year.

"This recruiting class is critical for our basketball program," said Donnelly. "We know we are going to have to rely heavily on our newcomers to help us continue our winning success in 2019-2020. We believe that our newcomers will not only make an immediate impact, but will also fit well with our returners both on and off the court".

The crop of transfers includes a pair of Division I players in Brandon Carroll (Bryant) and Jalyn Hinton (Jacksonville), along with a pair of DII players with an abundance of playing experience in Xavier Rhodes (Northwest Missouri State) and Jair Rodgers (Concord). The Mocs' incoming prep players include Malik Jordan (PHS Academy/FL) and Farris Kabalaoui (Trinity Prep/FL)

Brewster, NY | Bryant University

Carroll will join the Mocs after spending three seasons at the Division I level with Bryant University. He played in 42 games and made 14 starts during his time with the Bulldogs, averaging 4.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Carroll also tallied 26 steals and 14 blocks at Bryant. A three-sport athlete in high school (basketball, football, track & field) at Iona Prep, Carroll redshirted as a freshman at Bryant to gain more basketball experience after playing just one year of high-school basketball. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

Coach Donnelly's take...
"Brandon is a physically gifted player with elite athleticism. He has tremendous upside and we believe his best basketball is still ahead of him. He is a skilled combo forward with good size, strength, and versatility. He has the potential to be a very good rebounder and defender and he runs extremely well".

Boston, MA | Jacksonville University

Hinton spent the past two seasons at Jacksonville University where he played in 64 games for the Dolphins, averaging 8.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, he tallied a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds at Indiana (12/22/18). Selected to the ASUN all-freshman team in 2017-18, Hinton averaged 9.0 points and 5.3 rebounds as a freshman, leading the Dolphins in field-goal percentage (.661). A four-time all-league selection at Governor's Academy in Byfield, MA, Hinton was the ISL Defensive Player of the Year as a senior and won the league's Freshman of the Year award in 2014. Hinton also has two years of eligibility remaining.

Coach Donnelly's take...
"We are very excited to add Jalyn to our program. We watched Jalyn play many times on the AAU circuit a couple of years ago, and we believe he has a chance to be a terrific player at Florida Southern. He is a tremendous athlete who has a really good feel for the game. He rebounds well and is a very good shot blocker. Jalyn is a skilled and versatile offensive threat who fits our system and style of play".

Kansas City, MO | Northwest Missouri State

Rhodes played in 30 games this past season as a freshman at Northwest Missouri State, including five NCAA Tournament games for the Division II national champions. He averaged 2.7 points and 1.1 rebounds per game for a Bearcat team that finished the year a perfect 38-0. In limited action off the bench, Rhodes showed great decision-making skills with 30 assists and just 13 turnovers. He averaged 15 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game as a senior at Rockhurst High School, helping lead his squad to a 20-win season and a district title. He has three years of eligibility remaining.

Coach Donnelly's take...
"Xavier is a very fast and athletic guard who excels in the open floor and should be a great fit in our system and style of play. Xavier was a key contributor off the bench as a freshman on a team that went undefeated and won a national championship, so we are thrilled to add his experience to our program. He sees the floor very well and has the ability to make plays for himself and others".

South Bend, IN | Concord University

Rodgers, who led Division II in three-pointers per game last season (4.03), comes to the Mocs after one season at Concord University where he averaged 20.9 points per game and made 121 shots from beyond the arc. A 40.3 percent three-point shooter, Rodgers also connected on 90.3 percent of his free throws, good for 11th-best in the country. He had 16 games with at least 20 points, including four with 30 or more. Prior to joining the Mountain Lions, Rodgers spent two seasons at Ancilla College where he averaged 20.0 points per game as a sophomore and 16.6 points per game as a freshman. As a senior at Mishawaka Marian High School (IN), he averaged 20.9 points per game. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

Coach Donnelly's take...
"Jair adds much needed perimeter shooting and scoring. He has proven to be one of the best three-point shooters and free-throw shooters in the country, and he will provide toughness and experience to our backcourt. He can play both on and off the ball and he has the ability to create his own shot".

Kempsville, VA | PHS Academy (FL)

Jordan comes to Florida Southern after one postgraduate season at PHS Academy in Tampa. He committed to the Mocs during the early signing period in the fall and played his high school ball at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach. As a senior, Jordan averaged 21.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game and was a first team all-region and all-district selection.

Coach Donnelly's take...
"Malik is a talented and exciting player. He has terrific speed and quickness and is a very good athlete who can finish above the rim. He handles the ball well and has a high basketball IQ. Malik is a tough competitor who will continue to grow and develop as a player as he continues to get physically stronger".

Oviedo, FL | Trinity Prep

Kabalaoui joins the Mocs after a stellar career at Trinity Preparatory School in nearby Winter Park. He averaged 20.4 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists as a senior at Trinity Prep. He was named as an Orlando Sentinel honorable mention selection after leading the Saints to a 17-9 record this past season.

Coach Donnelly's take...
"Farris is a hard working player who has improved greatly over the last couple of years. He is physical and strong with good skill for his size. He plays with energy and toughness and is capable of making open perimeter shots. We expect Farris to battle and compete every single day and we believe he will continue to develop as a player".