Nov. 13, 2006
BOCA RATON, FL (November 13, 2006) -- Men's basketball head coach Rex Walters has inked his first three players as a head coach at Florida Atlantic University to national letters of intent.
Jamal Owens, a 6-6, 225-pound combo forward from Miami Carol City High School, averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds as a junior while at Miramar High School last season. He was voted Third Team All-State in 2005-06 by the Florida Sports Writers Association and Second Team All-Broward County by the Miami Herald. He is the no. 3 prospect listed by Galaxy of Stars Basketball, the no. 9 prospect by FloridaProspects.com, and top 15 among Florida preps by FloridaHoops.com.
"Jamal is a very talented, athletic and determined young man. Jamal has the ability to play a couple different positions for us and will really entertain our fans with his ability to attack the basket. He is coming from a program that stresses discipline and toughness from Barry Robinson and Lorenzo Patterson. I look forward to coaching this young man and helping him achieve all of his goals both off and on the basketball floor," Walters said.
Brett Royster, a 6-8 225-pound power forward from Arlington Martin High School, averaged 12 points, nine rebounds and eight blocks per game as a junior under coach Jeff Plemons. He was named 5A Defensive Player of the Year in District 7 that season, and has garnered 2006-07 Preseason Honorable Mention All-America honors by Street and Smith's Magazine. Rivals.com currently rates Royster as the no. 29 prospect in Texas, while TexasHoops.com lists him as no. 18. His AAU team DFW Showtyme, coached by Ervan Davis, won the prestigious Great American Shootout in Denton, TX in July 2006.
"Brett will bring great athleticism to our post position. His ability to run the court, score in the post, and block shots really caught our eye in the summer evaluation period. Like each of the other two recruits, Brett is a very committed student and will make us proud both on the basketball court and long after his playing days are over. He also comes from a basketball program led by Jeff Plemons that is committed to playing the right way at Arlington Martin and I am confident that this will help in his transition to the college game."
Carderro Nwoji, a 6-0, 175-pound point guard from Redlands Community College, helped lead his team to a 25-5 record and the Regional Championship, where they lost by a single point to the eventual NJCAA National Champions under coach Steve Eck. He was named a KBCA All-Star Selection, and a 6A Second Team All-State member by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association in 2005 as a prep. The Wichita Eagle Newspaper recognized him as a member of their First Team All-State squad during his senior season, a campaign where he averaged 18.4 points per game.
"Carderro is a young man that I have been recruiting for three years now. He is a point guard that can pass, handle, and shoot the basketball on the offensive end and defends the ball in a way that will allow us to play the way we want to at Florida Atlantic. He comes from one of the top junior college programs at Redlands College in El Reno, OK and is coached by the highly successful Steve Eck. Carderro is a true student-athlete and we are very happy that he has selected Florida Atlantic University," Walters said.
The trio will form the base of the first recruiting class for Walters as he leads the Owls into the Sun Belt Conference.
"This is obviously a very exciting day for both me and my entire staff as we continue to build a basketball program that wants to compete on a national level."
The Owls (0-1) will look for their first win of this season tonight as they face the UMKC Kangaroos at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, MO at 8 p.m., eastern.