CSU Men’s Basketball signs three players to NLI’s

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern men’s basketball has signed three players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Barclay Radebaugh announced on Wednesday. Jordan Jones, Christian Keeling, and Jamal Thomas will enroll at CSU and join the Bucs’ roster for the 2016-17 season.

Jones and Keeling will come to CSU as true freshmen, while Thomas will arrive with experience from the junior college ranks. Radebaugh commented on a trio that will look to contribute to the winning tradition the program has built.

“I am beyond excited about the three student-athletes that we are adding to our basketball family,” Radebaugh said. “We set out this summer with specific needs, and very specific skill, competitive and character requirements that our recruits had to meet. We have exceeded our expectations, and are thrilled to add these three exceptional student-athletes to our CSU basketball family.”

Jones is a strong athlete and runs the floor well at 6-foot-8 and 205 pounds. He averaged 8.5 points, 11 rebounds and 3.9 blocked shots per game at Baltimore’s Poly High School last season.

Keeling earned all-area honors and First Team All-Region 3AA accolades at Laney High School (Augusta, Ga.) in 2014-15. He averaged 14 points, five rebounds and four assists per game. He also starred at this summer’s Icebreaker Invitational, earning all-tournament honors.

Thomas, a native of Toronto, Canada, is an explosive guard entering his second season at Pensacola State College. He averaged better than eight points and three rebounds per game while handing out 50 assists last year.

“I am always so thankful for the relentless efforts of our staff,” Radebaugh said. “Recruiting is never-ending. If you are going to compete for championships, you better recruit well. BJ, Ahmad, Joey, Thomas and Louis make a super team. I really enjoy how our assistants unselfishly, passionately and consistently worked together this summer and fall to produce this class of players. I am thankful.”

2015 Charleston Southern Basketball Signees

Jordan Jones

Forward – 6-8, 205 – Baltimore, Md. – Poly High School

Coach Radebaugh on Jones: “I can’t tell you how excited I am about adding Jordan to our basketball program. It is extremely hard to find and sign post players that can play at our pace. Jordan is a 6’8”, very athletic post player that runs like a deer and plays above the rim. Jordan’s potential is amazing. He plays for one of the elite high school programs in Baltimore at Poly, and like our other recruits, he competes for championships each year. Also like the rest of our class, Jordan has strong character and is a terrific fit at CSU. We are looking forward to coaching Jordan next season.”

Marcus Helton (DMVelite Editor-in-Chief) on Jones: “Jordan is a talented young player who is just starting to tap his potential. He’s improved tremendously over the last two years – most notably on the offensive end of the floor – and has always been a force both defensively and on the glass. Charleston Southern did a great job of identifying him as a fit, and he should have a very solid and productive college career.”

Christian Keeling

Guard – 6-3, 175 – Augusta, Ga. – Lucy C. Laney High School

Coach Radebaugh on Keeling: “Christian Keeling is a special young man and a unique, special player. Christian is an overcomer and one of the more physically and mentally tough high school players we have recruited. Christian is highly competitive. He comes from Laney High School in Augusta, Georgia. At Laney, each year is a state championship or bust! Christian is a skilled, long, tall perimeter player that is extremely versatile. He is made for our style of play. Christian is one of the top players in Georgia. His ability to score from every level is so impressive. Like our other signees, Christian is a great CSU fit. We are looking forward to coaching Christian.”

Shun Williams (Owner of On the Radar Hoops) on Keeling: “Christian has been a big contributor for a Laney team that has been among Georgia’s best over the past two seasons. He is a strong and physical scorer that gets to the rim in transition as well as in the half court. Keeling can also make shots off the catch or dribble with range that extends out to the three-point line. He is a tremendous leader that is constantly looking for ways to better himself as well as his teammates.”

Jamal Thomas

Guard – 6-3, 200 – Toronto, Canada – Eastern Commerce High School – Pensacola State

Coach Radebaugh on Thomas: “Jamal is a great fit for CSU in so many ways. First, I love how competitive and tough Jamal is. He is very, very strong and is a high level athlete. Second, he is a winner. Jamal has been extremely well-coached at Pensacola State. Jamal is part of a strong winning tradition at PJC. Jamal is skilled offensively and knows how to defend and how to do both at a high level of intensity and effort. Coach Pena demands those things at Pensacola. Lastly, Jamal is a terrific person. I have been so impressed with his character during the recruiting process. I can’t wait for Jamal to join our family.”

Paul Swanson (Scout for Hot 100 Hoops) on Thomas: “Jamal Thomas is a very strong, powerful wing guard with an explosive first step to the rim and the ability to score from three-point range. A solid defender and very strong rebounder, Jamal is a versatile team player with the potential to be an all-conference candidate at Charleston Southern.”

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