Jacksonville College's mens basketball roster grew by three members late last week as a trio of players finalized paperwork to attend JC this fall on basketball scholarships.
The latest men to have inked with the Purple and White were Aaron Bryant (St. Luke's Episcopal School, Mobile, Ala.), Kendall Steward (South Grand Prairie High School, Grand Prairie) and Raheem Watts (Evelyn Mack Academy, Greenville, SC).
The trio bolsters JC's roster to five players now (more on that later).
Bryant is a 6-foot point guard who averaged 19 points and five assists per night while guiding St. Luke's to a 21-9 record last season.
“Aaron is real quick and a typical scoring guard who I think will fit in good with what we do here,” Bailey said. “His strengths are his ability to shoot the three and in the way he finishes around the rim.”
Steward is a 6-foot-6, 255-pound shooting guard, who also played football at South Grand Prairie High School.
“Kendall (Steward) is a good all-around athlete, having played both football and basketball,” Bailey said. “He is an excellent rebounder.”
Bailey said that Steward, who helped propel South Grand Prairie High to a 33-4 record last year, wears a size 18 shoe, which could be another first for the Jags.
Watts checks in at 6-foot-7 and can play several different positions on the floor.
“The thing I like about Raheed Watts is that he has a very quick first step,” Bailey said. “He can play inside or outside and he shows quickness on the perimeter, so we have several different things that we can do with him.”
Watts averaged 10 points a night for Evelyn Mack Academy in the 2012-13 campaign.
He is extremely athletic, has excellent range on his jumper, but also exhibits the ability to get back on defense.
Scouting reports on Watt emphasize his ability to aggressively get to the basketball and that he plays with nice form and good technique.
Bailey went on to say that Watts is long and athletic and is an asset on the defensive end of the court.
No rest for Bailey
Summertime may mean vacation season for many people, but not for Bailey (and newly hired assistant coach Ryan Glenney).
The duo spent last weekend attending the 25th Annual Great American Shootout (showcase tournament) in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and then hit the road for another recruiting trip to South Louisiana bright and early Monday morning.
“The Showcase Shootout was very beneficial in that we were able to see three kids that we were recruiting,” Bailey stated. “Unfortunately we didn't really like what we saw from them in competition over in Dallas, but the good news is that we made a connection with a couple of kids that we hadn't seen before that I think could really help us, so hopefully everything will eventually work out with them.”
Bailey said that he and Glenney plan on continuing to plug along until the Jag roster is filled.