Gents Sign Seven To National Letters of Intent
Friday, June 10, 2005




Tyrone Hamilton

Clarke Jackson

SHREVEPORT—Centenary men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska has announced the signing of seven players to National Letters of Intent for the 2005-06 season. Xavier Burnette, Eric Holmes, Larry Logan, Alexander Starr, and Christopher Watson are all junior college transfers while Bryan Baumann and Ronnie Martin are prep standouts. The signees are the first recruiting class for Flaska who took over as the Gents head coach in April.

 

Baumann (Allen, Tex.) is one of two high school signees to join the Gents roster for the upcoming season. The 6-2 point guard from Allen High School averaged 16.5 points to go with four rebounds and three assists per game. He also shot 88 percent from the free throw line and was a McDonald’s All-American nominee in addition to being named to the All-District 8-5A team.

 

Martin (Temple, Tex.) rounds out the high school talent from this year’s class as he comes to Centenary from Temple High School. He averaged 18 points and nine rebounds per game en route to being named the District 13-5A MVP and was rated as the No. 50 prospect in Texas by Texashoops.com. At 6-4, he will add size to the Gents’ backcourt rotation.

 

Bryan is a very solid player that is a lights out shooter,” said Flaska. “He will give us depth at both the point guard and two-guard positions while Ronnie is a big wing that really knows how to play the game of basketball. He is a proven winner and does whatever it takes to help you win.”

 

Burnette (Topeka, Kan.) is one of five juco transfers that will help add experience to a Centenary squad that only returns three players from the 2004-05 campaign. He averaged 13 points and six assists at Cowley Community College while being named All-Region and All-State. He is heralded for his leadership abilities by Coach Flaska.

 

“Xavier has the kind of leadership qualities that you look for in a point guard,” said Flaska. “He has a great feel for the game and is well-rounded.”

 

Holmes, a 6-3 two-guard, hails from Tulsa, Okla., and comes to Centenary by way of Redlands Community College. He led Redlands to a 27-4 mark while averaging 12 points and six rebounds per contest last season. He shot a sizzling 47 percent from the three-point line while making good on 85 percent of his free throws. His basketball bloodlines are strong as his father is a high school coach and his brother, Kermit, played at the University of Oklahoma.

 

“Eric is an all-around player that can flat out score. He can defend, rebound, pass, and shoot the ball very well,” said Flaska. “I expect him to put up big numbers at Centenary.”

 

Logan is a 6-6 combo forward from Kalamazoo, Mich., that is transferring from Owens Community College. He was selected team MVP, named to the Ohio All-Region team and was an Honorable Mention All-American after averaging a double double with 24 points and 11 boards per game.

 

“Larry is a very active player that scores in a number of ways, and he is a rebounder in the mold of Dennis Rodman,” said Flaska. “He will be a tough matchup for opposing teams with his ability to play outside and post up.”

 

Starr (Dallas, Tex.) is a 6-5 forward that played his prep ball at Dallas Kimball before suiting up at Paris Junior College. He was an All-State performer at Kimball where he helped his team to the Texas state finals. He also earned second team All-Conference honors at PJC while leading the two-year school to the NJCAA Division I National Championship. He averaged 12 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals last season.

 

“Alexander is a very energetic and explosive player who gets a lot of things done on the floor,” said Flaska. “He is a winner and has played in great programs at both Kimball High School and Paris JC.”

 

At 6-6, Watson (Edwards, Miss.) gives the Gents’ some added size at the forward position. The transfer from Southwest Mississippi Junior College collected 16 points and eight rebounds to go with three blocks per game last season. He was All-Region and was voted team MVP by his peers. Flaska is excited about the athleticism Watson brings to the Centenary program.

 

“Chris is a big-time athlete who has the ability to play above the rim, but he can also step out and shoot three-pointers,” said Flaska. “He will definitely be the best athlete in our program.”

 

The seven new signees join three returning players and one second semester transfer to set the Centenary roster at 11 currently. Returning players include sophomore point guard Tyrone Hamilton (12.5 ppg and 3.5 apg), who was named to the Mid-Continent Conference All-Freshman Team, sophomore guard Clarke Jackson (2.7 ppg) and junior center Troy Williams (1.8 ppg and 2.7 rpg). Junior college transfer Jason Underwood enrolled at Centenary in December of 2004 and will be eligible to play as well. The 6-8 post averaged 14.2 points and 9.1 boards while being named to the Michigan Community College All-Conference Team at St. Clair Community College.

 

Centenary is a Division I member of the Mid-Continent Conference. Located in Shreveport, La., it is the smallest Division I institution with an enrollment of 860 and is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River, having been founded in 1825.

 

 

 

2005-06 Centenary Gents Basketball Signees

 

-Bryan Baumann, G, 6-2, Allen, Tex., Allen HS

-Xavier Burnette, G, 6-2, Topeka, Kan., Cowley County JC

-Eric Holmes, G, 6-3, Tulsa, Okla., Redlands CC

-Larry Logan, F, 6-6, Kalamazoo, Mich., Owens CC

-Ronnie Martin, G, 6-4, Temple, Tex., Temple HS

-Alexander Starr, F, 6-5, Dallas, Tex., Paris JC

-Christopher Watson, F, 6-6, Edwards, Miss., SW Mississippi JC