By Russell Ramsey
The freshman group is a tall bunch of scores, looking to come in and have immediate impact on the team.
Nijal Pearson, freshman, is a 6’4 forward from Beaumont Central High School.
After his senior season, where he averaged 18.5 points, seven rebounds and nine assists per game, he was listed as one of the top 30 players in the state.
Nedeljko Prijovic, a 6’8 20-year-old freshman, is originally from Belgrade, Serbia but played high school basketball in Maine, earning the rank of 2nd best player in the state. He averaged 15.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game at forward in his final year of prep school.
Marlin Davis, a freshman from Westbury Christian High School in Houston, Texas is a 6’2 point guard who averaged 20 points and five assists per game as a senior. He led Westbury Christian to four consecutive TAPPS 4A state titles while in high school.
Maxwell Starwood, a 6’8 freshman power forward was originally committed to Tulane, but he decided to come to Texas State following a coaching change at Tulane. He averaged 12 points and eight rebounds per game his final year at Reno International Prep.
The group of transfers this year also happen to be pretty big, and will be looking to use their experience to benefit the team.
Deris Duncan is a 6’4 guard who spent his last two years at Weatherford College. Last year he led the team in scoring with 15.8 points per game, as well as averaging 6.6 rebounds per game. The Indiana native was selected for the All-North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference 2nd team. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Immanuel King, a 6’8 center from North Carolina is transferring and will have two years of eligibility left. He spent his last two seasons at Wallace State Community College in Alabama, averaging 8.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.
Eric Terry is also a 6’8 center who is transferring in with three years of eligibility left. He averaged nine points and five rebounds in his year at Temple College.
Tyler Blount is a 5’11 guard transferring from New Mexico Junior College with two years of eligibility remaining. Last season Blount averaged 15 points per game while shooting over 87 percent from behind the free throw line.
Coach Kaspar will have a lot of talent on the floor this season, and much of it is coming from these new faces.
Featured image by Madison Tyson.