COLUMBUS, Ga. – After reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six seasons, Robert Moore has announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letter of Intents to play basketball for Columbus State University.
BJ Battle, Alre'k Brown, Darius Page, Adam McLeod and Byron Trench will all play for Moore and the Cougars in the 2012-2013 season.
"I strongly believe this recruiting class is going to build upon the success we had last season," said Moore who is entering his third season at the helm of the Cougars. "With the blend of our returning players, this team is going to be fun to watch and very competitive in the Peach Belt Conference."
Battle will be a sophomore after playing his first season at Lees-McRae College in North Carolina. In his first season as a collegiate player, Battle played in all 26 games while making 22 starts. He averaged 9.7 points per game while shooting 40.8 percent from the floor.
Battle went to Timber Creek High School in Orlando, FL where he was named the team's MVP in his senior season.
"BJ is a dual threat player that can shoot from the outside and attack the basket in transition", added Moore.
Brown will not have to travel far to continue his college basketball career as the junior played his first two years of ball at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City, AL. In his freshman season, he averaged 11.2 points in 15 games while brining down 7.9 rebounds per game.
Last season, Brown exploded averaging a double-double scoring 15.0 points and 11.3 rebounds a night. In 28 games, he recorded 146 blocks and scored over 20 points five times.
He was named the Alabama Community College Conference Southern Division Player of the Year.
Brown graduated from Terrell High School in Dawson, GA where he led his team to four region championships and two Final Four appearances.
"Alre'k is going to give us a strong punch inside," said Moore. "His size and athleticism will cause problems."
Page will be a redshirt sophomore in 2012 as he played one season at Palm Beach State College. He played in 22 games his freshman season averaging 6.7 points a contest. He was a deadly shooter shooting 64 percent from the floor.
He played his high school ball at Foster Tukwila in Tukwila, WA.
"Darius is going to bring much needed size to our program", commented Moore. "He has great hands and can make baskets from anywhere on the court."
McLeod played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Waycross College in Waycross, GA. In his freshman season, Waycross reached the National Junior College National Tournament and the team posted a 44-23 record during his time there.
Last season in 24 games, McLeod averaged 9.3 points per game. In his two seasons, McLeod was a 33.3 percent shooter from beyond the arc.
McLeod is a Fairburn, GA native and went to high school at Arlington Christian School. In the 2008-2009 season, McLeod was a part of a squad that won a state championship.
"Adam is a very athletic shooting guard who comes from a very successful junior college program", commented Moore. "His winning attitude and is going to help continue our success here at CSU."
Trench, a native of Toronto, Ontario, was a first team All-Conference player last season at Chattanooga State Community College. He averaged 12.3 points per game while shooting 49 percent from the field. Trench was second on the team in rebounding bringing in 7.4 boards a night.
He also rejected 41 shots last year.