Men’s Basketball Adds Four for 2010-2011 Season

BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Head men's basketball coach, Scott Polsgrove, has announced the addition of four future Bobcats to the 2010-2011 Lees-McRae College men's basketball team.

Matt Eller from Lake Norman, N.C., Tevin Friday from Gastiona, N.C., Gerry Hairston from Winston-Salem, N.C. and DeAndre Tillman from Matthews, N.C. will wear the forest green and gold next season.

Eller is a 6'4" guard/forward combo player from Lake Norman High School where he averaged 11 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game and 1.7 assists per game. He is the school's all-time three-point shooting leader in percentage and total shots made. He was First Team All-County in the 2009-2010 season and led his team to the 2010 4A State Championship, 26-3.

"Matt has been a three-year starter and is a proven winner as he was an important part of Lake Norman's state championship run this season," Polsgrove said. " He is an outstanding three-point shooter, but also does other things very well."

Friday is a 6'5" forward from Victory Christian Academy High School, where he averaged a double-double in 2010. He averaged 34.3 points per game, 10.8 rebounds per game and 4.1 assists per game.

"Tevin is strong and athletic enough to have an immediate impact and obviously he will come in with a scorer's mentality," Polsgrove said. "He also is the Salutatorian of his senior class.

Hairston is a 5'9" guard from North Forsyth High School, who averaged 17.2 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game and 4.8 assists per game. In 2010, he was named All-Conference, First Team All-Northwest North Carolina and Second Team All-District.

"Gerry is an explosive player who can finish at the rim and shoots the ball well from the three-point line," Polsgrove said. "He comes from a quality high school program that we have been fortunate to get 3 players from already."

Tillman a 6'7" forward from Queen's Grant Prep High School, 29-6, averaged 14.7 points per game, 9.4 rebounds per game and 3.7 blocks per game, just shy of a double-double. He was First Team All-Conference and Selected to Charlotte Pro-Am All-Star Game. He was also named Queen's Grant Prep Stallion Excellence Award Winner.

"DeAndre is an accomplished shot blocker and rebounder and put up very good numbers playing against outstanding competition this season," Polsgrove said. "He will be an outstanding asset to our program both on and off the floor."

Polsgrove and assistant coach Gary Brokaw are excited about the team's incoming talent and look forward to the preseason workouts and season.