BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King College Men's Basketball team is pleased to announce the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 season. Three of the four signees played in the Tennessee State All-Star game, held in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and include two guards and two post players.
5-10 | 160 lb. | Point Guard
Rogersville, Tenn. | Cherokee High School
James Scales played his high school basketball for the Cherokee High Chiefs, where he led his team to a AAA Tennessee State Tournament appearance in 2011-12. Scales led the floor for the Chiefs as the team's point guard under Head Coach Jeremy Parrott. Scales led the team in points per game (14.6), total points (336), and field goals made (118). He shot 33 percent from long range and 45.5 percent from the floor during his senior season. He also averaged four assists, three steals, and four rebounds per game. Behind Scales, the Chiefs finished the season 27-8 overall before playing on the BCAT All-Star with fellow signees, Drew Standifer and Aaron Wheeler.
6-6 | 200 lb. | Forward
Knoxville, Tenn. | Bearden High School
Drew Standifer will add size, bulk, and offensive skills to the Tornado front court coming from Bearden High School out of Knoxville, Tenn. During his senior season, Standifer averaged, 19 ppg, 7.2 rpg, shot 57 percent from the field and 37 percent from the three-point line. He played for the Bulldogs under Head Coach Mark Blevins. Standifer played for the East squad in the BCAT All-Star Game and scored 13 points, second-most on the team.
Standifer is expected to be able to play several positions next year for King and will add strength, quickness, and toughness to the Tornado's overall attack.
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MALCOM ST. LOUIS
6-6 | 195 lb. | Forward/Center
Lebanon, Tenn. | Wilson Central High School
Malcom St. Louis is the second of two post players signed this offseason and will add much needed size, athleticism, rebounding, and shot blocking to the Tornado front line. As a senior, St. Louis averaged 14.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game with the Wilson Central Wildcats. In 2011-12, St. Louis and the Wildcats finished atop the Tennessee AAA District 9 standings with a 14-2 (.875) record while finishing 25-6 overall under Head Coach Troy Bond, while being ranked 13th in the state.
6-4 | 175 lb. | Guard
Morristown, Tenn. | Morristown East High School
Aaron Wheeler signed with Tornado Basketball earlier this month from Morristown East High School. Wheeler will play the wing for King and add length, athleticism, and a slashing style of play for the Tornado's perimeter attack. During his final season at East, he posted 19 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, and 2.0 bpg and led the Hurricanes to first place AAA District 2 finish with an 11-1 league record. Wheeler and the Hurricanes ended the 2011-12 campaign with a 19-6 overall mark. Wheeler also highlighted the 2011-12 BCAT All-Star Game as the game's top scorer with 23 points playing for the East squad.
All four signees are expected to make major contributions in their first year on the court for the Tornado. King Head Coach George Pitts said of his recruiting class, "I am really excited about this group. I really feel they are going to be special."
The Tornado finished the 2011-12 season as the Conference Carolinas regular season champions in its first season as a member institution and earned an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Division II Regional Tournament in its first year of eligibility behind a 23-8 overall record. The Tornado housed the 2011-12 Freshman of the Year (Logan Lyle), Coach of the Year (George Pitts), placed two on the All-Conference Team, and two on the Men's Basketball Academic All-Conference Team.