The East Central University men's basketball team bolstered its 2015-16 squad with the announcement of three additional players. The Tigers have added Dalen Qualls, Ben Brown-White and Austin Guinn.
The trio join Brett Cannon, Ishmael Donzo and Jamey Woods as the newest players for head coach Ja Havens.
2015-16 New Additions
Ben Brown-White, F, 6-7, 210, Jr., Duncanville, Texas (McLennan CC)
Brett Cannon, G, 6-3, 185, So., Del City, Okla. (Arkansas-Fort Smith)
Ishmael Donzo, F, 6-6, 200, Jr., Austin, Texas (Richland College)
Austin Guinn, G, 6-3, 220, So., Okemah, Okla. (Oklahoma Baptist)
Dalen Qualls, G, 6-1, 175, Sr., Stratford, Okla. (Northeastern State)
Jamey Woods, G/F, 6-3, 215, Fr., Lawton, Okla. (Eisenhower)
"With the additions of Dalen, Ben, and Austin we feel that we have added high character young men that will continue to help us build a successful program," said Havens. "Each individual brings a strong work ethic and we are confident that they will impact our team in a positive manner on and off the floor."
Qualls spent a season at Northeastern State where he averaged 8.9 points and a .445 field goal percentage before transferring to the Tigers. He also spent his first two seasons at Northern Oklahoma College at Enid where he was an all-region selection and averaged 17.2 points per game. Qualls was a standout at Stratford High School, finishing his time sixth on the all-time leading scorers list (3,200) and was a four-time all-state selection.
"Dalen has a high basketball IQ and is a tremendous shooter with great range," Havens added. "He is a proven scorer at every level he has played and we feel like he will be a perfect fit for our program. We expect Dalen to make an immediate impact for the Tigers."
Brown-White comes to ECU after spending one year at McLennan Community College. As a sophomore he helped the Highlanders to a third-place finish in the conference and a regional tournament appearance. He started his collegiate career at Stephen F. Austin where the team went 32-3 and advanced to the national tournament. As a prep, Brown-White was an all-district first team selection for Dulles High School. He averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior.
"Ben is a great young man with a strong work ethic," Havens commented. "He has good size and athleticism and will be able to help our team on both ends of the floor with his strength and versatility. Ben has played in successful programs and understands what it takes to compete at a high level."
Guinn transfers to the Tigers after spending a year at Oklahoma Baptist. Guinn was a standout at Okemah High School as a prep, helping the Panthers to a state championship and a 29-1 record. The 3A Oklahoma Player of the Year, averaged 18 points, eight assists and eight rebounds per game as a senior and was named the state tournament MVP.
"Austin is a highly skilled and versatile guard," said Havens. "He has the ability to shoot the ball and is an excellent passer. In addition, Austin has a great understanding of the game and is a winner. He has a bright future with the Tiger program."