Already having one player from half way around the world — Deng Leek of the Republic of Sudan — Jacksonville College head men's basketball coach Jody Bailey has insured the 2013-14 edition of Jaguars will have a true international composition after adding Jake Eynon, a 6-foot point guard, to the roster this week.
Eynon, 19, is a highly regarded talent from the Ipswich Basketball Academy at Copleston High School in Suffolk, England.
“I think Jake (Eynon) can come in here and earn a lot of minutes right off the bat,” Bailey said. “He has the quickest shot release of any player that we have had here since I have been here.
“He is a good distributer and he can score points, so we are very fortunate to have him. I think Jake will be able to fill our void at point guard. ”
Eynon was one of three Ipswich players that earned scholarships to American colleges — one of Eynon's teammates will be playing for Texas A&M this season, while another is headed to a NCAA Division II school in New England.
JC picks up services of McMurry transfer, Campbell
The Jags also added Chris Campbell in late week. Campbell stands 6-foot-2 and is labeled as a much-positional player by Bailey.
Campbell, who is from Friendswood, Texas played last season at McMurry University in Abilene where he saw action in 28 games and drew three starting assignments for the Warhawks.
Campbell averaged 5.3 points and nearly two rebounds a game last season for a McMurry team that went 19-10 overall.
“Chris had a good freshman year at McMurry,” Bailey said. “He's looking to better himself and we intend on helping him do that here. He brings college experience with him and that's important and he's proven what he can do at the collegiate level.”
Bailey said that he expects Campbell to fit in nicely as a JC student as well.
“Everyone that knows Chris talks about his character and about what a fine young man he is,” Bailey stated.
Campbell was coached by a pair of former JC coaches, Cinco Boone and Phillipe Lilavois, at McMurry.