Andrew, Lewis, Prince sign with Xavier men's basketball
For immediate release . . . July 19, 2006
NEW ORLEANS — Guard Devin Andrew of Harvey, La., and forwards Rashaad Lewis of Cuthbert, Ga., and Anthony "T.J." Prince Jr. of Alpharetta, Ga., have signed men's basketball grants-in-aid with Xavier University of Louisiana.
Andrew, Lewis and Prince will be freshmen on the Gold Rush's 2006-07 team.
"All three will be great additions," Xavier head coach Dannton Jackson said. "Devin handles the ball well and has unbelievable hands. Rashaad is tough, and he knows how to win. T.J. is a versatile athlete who can block shots and grab rebounds. He'll be a presence inside."
Andrew, 6-foot-4 and 175 pounds, scored 17 points per game and made 80 percent of his free throws for Vandebilt Catholic High School of Houma, La., during the 2005-06 season and was a Houma Courier newspaper second-team all-region selection. Andrew averaged a team-high 15 points and eight rebounds as a junior at Karr High School in New Orleans and was an all-District 9-4A selection.
Lewis, 6-6 and 205 pounds, averaged 15 points and 13 rebounds this past season and was first-team all-state in Class A for Randolph-Clay High School of Cuthbert. He helped the Red Devils set a Georgia boys state record of 90 consecutive victories. Randolph-Clay's season ended in the state semifinals, where Lewis had 26 points and 14 rebounds in a 69-65 loss to the eventual champion. Lewis was a starter and double-figure scorer for Randolph-Clay teams which won the Class AA state championship in 2003-04 and the Class A title in 2004-05.
Prince, 6-9 and 175 pounds, started for The Patterson School of Lenoir, N.C., this past season and helped the Bulldogs win 37 of 40 games, according to Patterson headmaster Colin Stevens. Prince — the son of former St. John's University standout and NBA draft pick Anthony "Tony" Prince — also played one year for Milton (Ga.) High School.
Xavier did not compete in 2005-06 because of the effects of Hurricane Katrina, but in November the Gold Rush will resume its bid for a fourth consecutive 20-victory season and a third consecutive appearance in the NAIA national tournament.
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