East Central University Men's Basketball Head Coach Ja Havens has announced the signing of three players to the 2015-16 roster. The Tigers will be adding two guards and a forward to the team after losing just two players after the 2014-15 season.
2015-16 New Additions
Brett Cannon, G, 6-3, 185, So., Del City, Okla. (Arkansas-Fort Smith)
Ishmael Donzo, F, 6-6, 200, Jr., Austin, Texas (Richland College)
Jamey Woods, G/F, 6-3, 215, Fr., Lawton, Okla. (Eisenhower)
"This is an exciting day for Tiger Basketball," said Havens. "We have added three outstanding young men to our program. First and foremost, we are getting high character individuals with tremendous work ethic. I am confident that they will represent our program in a positive manner on campus and in the community. In addition, all three come from winning backgrounds and embrace the high expectations of ECU basketball. I am really pleased with the effort and time that our coaching staff has put into recruiting Brett, Ish, and Jamey, and we all look forward to watching the m develop and excel in our program."
Cannon comes to the Tigers after spending his first collegiate season at Arkansas-Fort Smith where he helped the Lions to the No. 4 seed in the Heartland Conference Tournament. Cannon spent his high school days at Del City High School and led the Eagles three state tournament berths in Class 5A. He left Del City as the all-time leading scorer in school history, with 1,307 points.
As a senior he was named the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association's Class 5A Player of the Year, Mid-State Conference Offensive Player of the Year, earned OBCA First Team Academic All-State, OBCA Region 8 All-District, the Daily Oklahoman All-Big City First Team and All-Mid-State Conference First Team honors. Cannon was a four-year starter and had outstanding academic honors as well, being named the Del City High School Valedictorian.
"Brett is an athletic guard with the ability to play both the point and off-guard positions," added Havens. "He has the ability to score in a variety of ways and is a very good athlete. Brett competes hard on both ends of the floor and will be a great addition to our backcourt."
Donzo spent his first two collegiate seasons at Richland College, where he helped the Thunderducks to two Metro Athletic Conference Championships, a 2014-15 Region 5 Championship and the 2014-15 National Junior College Athletic Association national title. As a sophomore he was named to the All-MAC First Team and the All-NJCAA All-America Third Team, while averaging 12 points and nine rebounds per game.
He spent his prep career at John B Connally High School. As a senior he helped the Cougars to the second round of the state playoffs. The all-district second team selection averaged eight points and 10 rebounds per game.
"Ish will fill a very important role for our team next year, with his ability to score, re bound and defend," Havens stated. "He is extremely athletic and has a knack for changing and blocking shots. Ish comes from a great program at Richland College and was a big reason that they won an NJCAA National Championship this season. We expect Ish to make an immediate impact for the Tiger program."
Woods has spent the last four years as a starter for Eisenhower High School and helped the team to three state championship tournaments, one state title and an area championship. The three-time all-state tournament team selection, was also honored as an OBCA All-State and all-conference selection and the conference offensive player of the year as a senior.
Woods is also an outstanding student, carrying a 3.83 GPA. He is also active in his school as a member of the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars Leadership Class, while earning the President's Education Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.
"Jamey has the ability to play multiple positions well and is an excellent shooter," commented Havens. "We love his versatility and his strong and physical presence. He comes to us from one of the top high school programs in the state at Lawton Eisenhower and helped lead his team to the 2015 State Championship. Jamey has a bright future in a Tiger uniform."