Drake Men’s Basketball Signs McMurray And Thomas

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University men’s basketball has signed De’Antae McMurray and TJ Thomas to National Letters of Intent, head coach Ray Giacoletti announced Wednesday, April 13.”We are thrilled with the addition of these two players,” Giacoletti said. “De’Antae and TJ will impact our program from day one. They are both high character student-athletes who are hungry to help our team take big steps forward this coming season.”McMurray is a 6-2, 170-pound point guard that has spent the past two seasons at Southwest Illinois College. As a sophomore, he averaged 11.5 points, 5.1 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game to lead the team to a 27-6 record. SWIC also captured a conference and regional title with McMurray earning all-conference and all-region honors during both seasons. While at SWIC, McMurray played for 35-year veteran and NJCAA Hall of Fame coach Jay Harrington.”De’Antae brings experience and success at the point guard position,” Giacoletti said. “He played a huge role in helping his team achieve great success the past two years in a very competitive league. De’Antae possesses a good feel and ability in getting his teammates involved on the offensive end as well as being very capable of contributing himself.” Prior to SWIC, McMurray graduated from Alton High School in Alton, Ill., and was a member of the same AAU program, the SW Illinois Jets, as current Bulldog C.J. Rivers.Thomas, a 6-8, 205-pound forward, will join the Bulldogs from Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, where he averaged 7.7 points , 6.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game to lead the team in rebounding and blocks in his lone season with the Braves. At Tyler Junior College, Thomas played for 30-year veteran head coach and Newton, Iowa, native Mike Marquis. Marquis, who also coached at Marshalltown CC and Indian Hills CC has coached more than 120  student-athletes that signed with NCAA Division I programs.Prior to enrolling at Tyler, Thomas played in 15 games at Southeast Missouri State where he shot 47.4 percent from the floor. A native of Stone Mountain, Ga., Thomas graduated from Tucker High School and averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds per game to earn all-region honors.”TJ provides us length, athleticism and versatility along with skill at the forward position,” Giacoletti added. “TJ is capable to defend several different positions and will be counted on to provide us rebounding on both ends of the floor.”Thomas hails from the same high school and junior college program as former Bulldog Trevor Berkeley, who suited up for Drake during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.The pair of new signees join 11 returning players from the 2015-16 season including six that served in starting roles.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more