The Savannah State men’s basketball team has inked five recruits that will join the Tigers during the 2014-15 season. The incoming class includes four players from Georgia and one international player.
Jamal Norman (Savannah, Ga.), Demarcus “DJ” Bryant (Tifton, Ga.), Treyvon Francis (Covington, Ga.), Khaleen Pinkett (Norcoss, Ga.) and Sullivan Hernandez (Guadeloupe) will all join the Tiger’s men’s basketball program as freshman next season.
Savannah native Norman is a 6-4, 185-pound guard who played at Savannah High School for SSU alumnus and former Tiger football and basketball player Tim Jordan. During his junior year, Norman helped the Blue Jackets win the state AAA basketball championship. As a senior, he averaged 12.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game and was named to the All-Region 1-AAA squad as well as to the Savannah Morning News First Team.
Bryant is a 6-4, 185-pound player from Tifton, Georgia. Bryant helped the Tift County Blue Devils to the 2014 AAAAAA state title while averaging 11.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and one assist per game.
Francis is a 6-2, 175-pound guard from Covington, Georgia. While playing at Eastside High School, Francis scored more than 1,000 points and dished out 500 assists. As a senior, Francis averaged 17.5 points, 6.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game. He made 66 percent of his field goal attempts and 60 percent of his 3-point attempts. He was named Region 8-AAAA Player of the Year and made the Atlanta Journal Constitution AAAA Second Team All State Team.
Pinkett is a 6-2, 180-pound guard who played at Norcross High School in Norcross, Georgia. As a senior, Pinkett averaged nine points and four assists per game. As a junior, he helped Norcross win the AAAAAA state title and was a member of the AAAAAA runner-up squad as a senior.
Rounding out the recruits is Hernandez, a 6-8, 210-pound post player. Hernandez was born and raised in Guadeloupe, an overseas region of France in the Caribbean. He attended Vanguard, a boarding school located in Lake Wales, Florida where he averaged 19.5 points, 12.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game as a senior.
Savannah State ended the 2013-14 season with a 13-19 record. The Tigers fell to Norfolk State in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.