Racer Basketball Signs Buchanan, Brown and Morant
Nov. 9, 2016
Murray State men’s basketball coach Matt McMahon announced the signing of three student-athletes that will join the Racers for the 2017-18 season.
Signing with the Racers are Leroy “Shaq” Buchanan, a 6-3 guard from Northeast Mississippi Community College, Tevin Brown, a 6-5 guard from Fairhope, Ala., and Temetrius “Ja” Morant, a 6-2 guard out of Sumter, S.C.
Buchanan will be a junior while Morant and Brown will be freshmen for the Racers in the 2017-18 season.
“We are thrilled to officially welcome Shaq, Tevin, and Ja to the Murray State family,” McMahon said. “These three talented guards are great competitors and we were very impressed with their love and passion for the game. They will make an immediate impact in our back court and will thrive in our style of play. We look forward to their arrival in Murray next summer.”
Leroy “Shaq” Buchanan (6-3, 185, G) – Northeast Mississippi Community College
Buchanan is headed into his sophomore season at Northeast Mississippi where he scored 14 points per game as a freshman to go with 5.7 rebounds per game, 2.6 assists and nearly two steals per game.
He was named to the Mississippi Junior College All-State team as a freshman and helped lead Northeast to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament.
Buchanan played high school basketball at Madison Central in Madison, Miss., where he averaged 24 points and six rebounds per game in leading his team to the 6A state championship game.
“The first thing he does best is he scores the ball and he’s extremely athletic which gives an extra dimension to his game,” said Northeast coach Cord Wright. “He’s got a seven-foot wing span and can cover a lot of ground on defense. That’s the part that has me very excited. If your best player is your hardest worker, and Shaq is, because he’s always trying to improve his game.”
“Shaq is a long, athletic wing with a great motor,” McMahon said. “He led his high school team to the state championship game and then his junior college team to the national tournament last season. He will bring toughness and experience to our team, and we love that he has always impacted winning at both ends of the floor.”
Tevin Brown (6-5, 180, G) – Fairhope High School – Fairhope, Ala.
Tevin Brown enters his senior season at Alabama 7A power Fairhope High School after an outstanding junior season where he was a first team All-State selection and one of three finalists for Alabama Player of the Year.
Brown scored 24 points per game in his junior season with an average of 11 rebounds per game.
“Tevin is a true 2-guard and shoots it well,” said Fairhope Coach Spencer Segrest. “He’s a big-time scorer and will finish with more than 2,000 career points at Fairhope. He’s an incredible competitor and he hates to lose no matter if it’s a drill in practice or a game. He comes from a very supportive family and we’re all just very pleased that he’s chosen to attend Murray State. The Racers’ program is a great fit for him.”
“Tevin is wired to score,” McMahon said. “At 6’5, he can really shoot the basketball with an effortless release. He has a very good feel for the game and knows how to move without the ball to create scoring opportunities. Tevin is extremely competitive and he is an outstanding defensive player.”
Brown enters his junior season to with 1,469 career points. Last January he had a 39-point game against Murphy High School in Mobile when he hit nine 3-point baskets.
Temetrius “Ja” Morant (6-2, 160, G) – Crestwood High School – Sumter, S.C.
One of the best talents in South Carolina prep basketball, Ja Morant will be a freshman with the Racers in the fall after he plays his senior season at Crestwood High School.
Morant had a tremendous junior season at Crestwood where he scored 27 points per game to go with eight rebounds and eight assists per game and was named class 3A All-State. Averaging nearly a triple-double, he had a high-scoring game of 47 points.
“Ja’s basketball IQ is exceptional and his progress from his sophomore year into his senior year is just phenomenal,” said Crestwood coach Dwayne Edwards. “He has a way of making those around him better players and he’s always in the gym working to get better. He was very impressed with his visit to Murray State and their up-tempo style of play appealed to him.”
Morant goes into his senior season at Crestwood with more than 1,100 career points.
“Ja is an electric point guard with a high basketball IQ,” McMahon said. “He is very explosive off the dribble, and also has a deep 3-point range with his ability to shoot the ball. We love his ability to create at the point guard position and make the players around him better.”
The Racers get the 2016-17 season going Friday when they host the Illinois State Redbirds at the CFSB Center. The night begins with the MSU women’s team hosting Eureka at 5 p.m. followed by the Racers and ISU at 7 p.m.