As we continue our 2012-13 Season Preview, we want to introduce you to the new players on every Ohio Valley Conference team.
The job that Dickey Nutt has done with the Redhawks is rather incredible. Nutt took over a team coming off a winless OVC campaign, and in just a few short years has already transformed the program into a contender.
But there’s still one more step for the Redhawks to take. Is this the class that pushes the Redhawks over the top? If so, they’ll have to do it with quality, not quantity.
Here are the New Kids on the Block:
Nutt has a knack for finding talented big men, (just look at Stone and Powell) and Ferguson definitely fits the bill height wise. The 6-foot-9 center was a two-time All-Conference honoree at De Soto High School, averaging 15 points, six blocks and nine rebounds per game as a senior, all while shooting 51% from the field.
According to the Southeast Missourian, Ferguson also received interest from Murray State, and regional rival Southern Illinois.
Due to Michael Porter‘s injury during the preseason, Ferguson could see minutes early this season.
He also has a teammate on the squad…
…named Jared White. And despite the size disparity, it was Ferguson in White’s shadow; A three-time Conference Player of the Year High School, White averaged 24 points, six rebounds, four steals and five assists per game as a senior.
A 2-sport athlete in high school, White was also a Division I football prospect, and according to Southeast Missouri Sports Information was recruited by a number of Missouri Valley Conference schools in addition to Southeast.
Before we get to the video, I have to share this headline from KSDK: “White and Ferguson lead De Soto to victory.” I’d bet they’d like to see similar headlines at Southeast Missouri.
No highlight reel this time, just an entire game with both White and Ferguson. Only 90 minutes long, if you have the time. If not, there are highlights in the KSDK link above:
After sitting out last year, Tolbert could be the first forward off the bench following Porter’s injury.
Tolbert graduated from Notre Dame High School in Cape Girardeau, averaging 19.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, earning Class 4 All-State honors his senior season. He was also named First-Team All-State and a McDonald’s All-America nominee during his senior year.
Back in 2009, Tolbert took part in the Future 150 Chicago Camp, during which Rivals described Tolbert as “one of the most aggressive and athletic players in the camp.”
Tolbert almost didn’t end up at Southeast. In fact, according to the Southeast Missourian, Tolbert almost left basketball completely, passing up offers from Division I programs, saying he was burnt out. But after a change of heart, Tolbert approached Dickey Nutt, who was thrilled to what he called a “local talent.”
Here are highlights from Tolbert’s senior year at Notre Dame:
Martin won’t see the floor this year, sitting out the season after transferring from the University of Central Florida this summer. In one year with the Knights, Martin played in 11 games, averaging just 3.4 minutes per contest as a true freshman. His freshman year was also hampered by injury: Martin spent much of the year recovering from a torn Achilles in right foot suffered late in his senior year.
Before his injury in high school, Martin was named the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches 2010-11 Class 2A Player of the Year. At Providence Christian, Martin averaged 17.3 points and 8.7 rebounds as a senior, earned a 3-star rating from Rivals and was rated as the No. 44 power forward nationally by ESPNU.
An interesting note about his family, Wayne Martin Sr., was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 1989 NFL Draft, as the 19th overall pick. He made the Pro Bowl in 1994 and was a First-Team All-American at the University of Arkansas.
Jones has been a student at Southeast for a year, but not a part of the program, or even on a scholarship. Jones could not practice with the team and had to pay his own way until he met a one-year residency requirement to become eligible.
Before arriving at Southeast, Jones spent time at two community colleges. At Paris Junior College, Jones earned averaged 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals per contest, and also averaged 15 a game the year before at Holmes Community College.
Back in high school, Jones was named Conference and City Most Valuable Player at Raleigh Egypt High School, also earning First-Team All-State honors after averaging 18 points, 10 rebound, six steals and seven assists per game that year.