MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin head men’s basketball coach Anthony Stewart has announced seven additions to the 2017-18 roster in conjunction with National Signing Day festivities today.
Delfincko Bogan, Jerome Davis, Jailen Gill, Parrish Hewitt and Terrence Parker each signed their National Letters of Intent today. Bogan, Davis, Gill and Parker will be eligible as juniors while Hewitt will be a freshman next season.
In addition, Stewart welcomes Martin native and North Florida transfer Garrett Sams to the Skyhawk program. Per NCAA rules, Sams will sit out next season before suiting up for UT Martin as a redshirt sophomore in 2018-19.
It was also announced that redshirt junior Andre Hogan, who attended UT Martin last season but sat out, has received a scholarship for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
The aforementioned seven newcomers join junior Darius Thompson (Memphis, Tenn./Mineral Area CC) and freshman Carlos Marshall, Jr. (Memphis, Tenn./Southwind HS) in the Skyhawk signing class.
The Skyhawks tied a school record with 22 victories last season in Stewart’s first season at the helm. UT Martin also became the only Ohio Valley Conference school to win at least one game in the postseason in each of the last three years while shattering five single-season school statistical records.
Delfincko Bogan, G, 5-10, 200, Jr., Charleston, Mo. (Moberly Area CC)
Played for head coach Pat Smith at Moberly Area Community College, which is located in Moberly, Mo….Helped guide the Greyhounds to a 27-5 record, a No. 16 national ranking in the final NJCAA poll, a Region 16 regular season championship and a Missouri Community College Athletic Conference title in 2016-17…Ranked by JUCORecruiting.com as the 44th best junior college prospect in the nation…Was named to the All-Region 16 team and to the All-MCCAC squad after averaging 12.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 steals in 31 games (28 starts) for a team that reached as high as No. 4 in the national poll during the season…Boasted a 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio (113 assists against just 44 turnovers)…Shot 46.6 percent (129-of-277) from the floor, 41.3 percent (59-for-143) from three-point range and 74.1 percent (60-of-81) from the free throw line…Dialed up five 20-plus point outings, including a season-high 21 points against both Link Prep (Nov. 25) and Sauk Valley (Dec. 10)…Drained at least three trifectas in 10 different contests, including a career-best seven triples (while also handing out a career-high eight assists) in the aforementioned game against Sauk Valley…Knocked down a career-high 10 free throws at Southeastern on Nov. 11…Hauled in a career-high eight rebounds against State Fair on Jan. 18…Dished out five or more assists in nine games, equaling a career-best eight dimes at Missouri State-West Plains on Feb. 24…Boasted 21 multi-steal games, including a trio of 4-steal performances…Spent the 2015-16 season at Ohio Valley Conference school Jacksonville State, where he saw time in 30 games as a true freshman under head coach James Green…Posted averages of 4.0 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 13.0 minutes per contest, connecting on 35.3 percent (24-for-68) of his attempts from three-point land…Recorded double-digit scoring outings three times (all against OVC foes), including a career-high 13 points against Tennessee State on Jan. 30…Sank multiple three-pointers in five of his final seven games, including four treys at Tennessee State on Feb. 20…Tallied a season-high four assists against Oakwood on Nov. 16…Prepped at Charleston High School under head coach Danny Farmer, where he was a two-time all-state, all-region and all-district honoree…Helped guide the Bluejays to three district championships, a pair of regional titles and a conference championship… Was named the inaugural SEMO ESPN Player of the Year after averaging 26.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.3 steals per contest as a senior…Averaged 24.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 3.3 steals as a junior…Tossed in 16.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 3.4 steals per game in his high school career.
“Delfincko brings experience, having played in this league before,” Stewart said. “He is a true point guard who will bring us leadership from Day One.”
Jerome Davis, F, 6-7, 215, Jr., Waukegan, Ill. (John A. Logan College)
Was a standout frontcourt performer at John A. Logan College, which is located in Carterville, Ill….Was part of a Vols squad that went 24-7, won the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and Region 24 regular season championship in 2016-17 under head coach Kyle Smithpeters…Played in all 31 games and made 29 starts, averaging 11.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 block per game as a sophomore…Led the team in field goal percentage (.647, 121-of-187), free throws made (110) and free throws attempted (162)…Poured in at least 15 points on nine different occasions, including 20-point games against West Kentucky Tech (Jan. 7) and against Rend Lake (Feb. 4)…Snared five double-doubles, grabbing a career-best 12 rebounds against West Kentucky Tech and Shawnee (Jan. 28)…Piled up eight multi-block outings, swatting a career-high four blocked shots against Three Rivers on Dec. 13…Played in 29 games (three starts) as a freshman, as JALC went 24-8 in 2015-16…Sank 55.4 percent (31-for-56) of his field goal attempts and grabbed nearly as many offensive rebounds (33) as defensive rebounds (35)…Scored a season-high 13 points against Kentucky Wesleyan on Oct. 31 and hauled in a season-best seven rebounds against Wabash Valley on Feb. 6...Transferred to Zion-Benton Township High School for his senior season of high school, where he played for one of the best teams in the state of Illinois under head coach Don Kloth…Also enjoyed a standout prep career at Waukegan High School.
“Jerome is athletic and will bring a toughness to our program,” Stewart said. “He’s going to fill a void at our power forward position with an energy level that we have been missing.”
Jailen Gill, F, 6-8, 235, Jr., Raytown, Mo. (Antelope Valley College)
Played under head coach John Taylor at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, Calif….Helped pace the Marauders to a 22-11 record as a sophomore, as the team advanced all the way to the state quarterfinals before falling to the No. 1 team in the state of California…Led AVC in scoring (13.1 points per game) and rebounding (8.0 per game) while adding 1.7 assists per contest playing in all 33 games…Upped his averages to 15.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in conference play…Shot 62.2 percent (173-of-278) from the floor and connected on 78.3 percent (83-of-106) of his free throw attempts…Went off for four 20-plus point performances in 2016-17, including a career-best 24 points (on 10-of-12 shooting) against Citrus on Jan. 25…Muscled up for nine double-doubles, eight of which came in the final 17 games of the season…Dialed up four multi-block outings, including a season-high three blocks against Ventura on Dec. 3…Spent his freshman season at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kan., where he played for head coach Jay Herkelman…Played in 27 games and made 20 starts as a freshman, averaging 6.5 points, a team-high 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per outing…Ranked second amongst the Red Raven regulars with a .529 field goal percentage (74-of-140)…Cracked double-digits in the scoring column seven times, including a double-double of a season-high 16 points and 14 rebounds at Allen County on Feb. 3…Snared career-highs of 18 rebounds and four blocked shots (one of six multi-block performances) against Allen County on Jan. 13…Prepped at Raytown High School under head coach Cody Buford…Was named a Class 5 all-state selection and the All-Suburban White Conference Player of the Year for two consecutive seasons, helping the Bluejays to a perfect 12-0 league record during his senior year…Played in the 2015 Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Challenge…Nearly averaged a double-double (14.8 points, 9.8 rebounds) while adding 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.7 blocks per game as a junior.
“Jailen can play the 4 or the 5 with extreme length and athleticism,” Stewart said. “He plays above the rim and with a very high motor.”
Parrish Hewitt, G, 6-3, 175, Fr., Memphis, Tenn. (Douglass HS
Was one of the best players in Memphis and in the state of Tennessee at Douglass High School, playing for head coach Greg Williams…Was one of three finalists for the Tennessee AA Mr. Basketball Award…Helped lead the Red Devils to a 23-6 record and the first SCIAA Class AA county championship for Douglass since the school reopened in 2008…Ranked as the fourth-best prep player in the state of Tennessee by 247Sports.com…Led the city of Memphis in scoring at 25.3 points per game on his way to all-state honors as a senior…Dialed up eight 30-plus point games, including the highest-scoring game in Shelby County in over two years with 50 points against Craigmont on Jan. 13…Also recorded big scoring games against Trezevant (36), Kingsbury (35), Raleigh-Egypt (35), South Pike (33), Westwood (33), Haywood (32) and Washington (30)…Played at Melrose High School before transferring to Douglass for his senior season…Was a Memphis Commercial Appeal “Best of the Preps” honoree in Class AAA as a junior.
“Parrish is a big, athletic guard with the ability to be a great scorer,” Stewart said. “With Jacolby Mobley graduating, we needed a prolific scorer and he can make an immediate impact.”
Terrence Parker, C, 6-9, 225, Jr., Wilson, NC (Three Rivers College)
Played for all-time winningest junior college head coach Gene Bess at Three Rivers College, which is located in Poplar Bluff, Mo….Helped the Raiders post a 25-8 record to go along with a Midwest Community College Athletic Conference championship in 2016-17…Earned MCCAC second team all-conference accolades after averaging 7.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.0 block in 17.7 minutes per game…Elevated his numbers to 10.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in conference play…Made 52.5 percent (94-of-179) of his field goal attempts…Scored at least 14 points on five different occasions and hauled in at least eight rebounds in 11 contests…Best game of the season came on Feb. 4 against State Fair, when he tossed in a career-best 21 points (on 10-of-13 shooting) and corralled a career-high 15 rebounds…Also tallied a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) against Moberly Area on Jan. 14…Posted 10 multi-block performances, including a career-high four swats against Malcolm X on Nov. 24…Was part of a TRC squad that went 23-8 with a MCCAC title in 2015-16…Posted season averages of 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in just 12.9 minutes per game while leading the regulars with a .583 field goal percentage (56-of-96) as a freshman…Scored double-digits in five different games in 2015-16, compiling a season-best 14 points against North American University (Oct. 30) and at State Fair (Jan. 9)…Grabbed a season-best 13 rebounds in only 18 minutes against On Point Academy on Jan. 20…Prepped Beddingfield High School, where he played under head coach Jeremy Howard…Helped the Bruins to a second-place finish in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference and a NCHSAA 2-A postseason berth as a senior…Earned Wilson Times all-area honorable mention honors in 2014-15.
“Terrence is a true low-post player who is a big-time rebounder and shot blocker,” Stewart said. “His best basketball is definitely ahead of him.”
Garrett Sams, G, 6-6, 200, So., Martin, Tenn. (North Florida)
Returns to his hometown after a standout freshman campaign at North Florida, who advanced to the Atlantic Sun Conference championship game in 2016-17…Earned a spot on the five-man A-Sun Conference All-Freshman team after playing in 33 games (24 starts) for the Ospreys, averaging 10.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 24.9 minutes per game for head coach Matthew Driscoll…Led the team with a .422 three-point field goal percentage (49-of-116) and made 77.1 percent from the charity stripe, ranking second on the squad in free throws made (101) and free throws attempted (131)…Also ranked second on the team with 32 steals…Reached double-figures in the scoring column 19 times, including a career-best 23 points (in 24 minutes) against Thomas University on Dec. 15…Also accumulated 20 points against Stetson on Feb. 4…Knocked down multiple three-pointers in 14 contests, including five treys in each of the aforementioned games against Thomas and Stetson…Was a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point land in the A-Sun semifinals at Lipscomb on March 2…Snared a career-high 12 rebounds at USC Upstate on Jan. 12…Accounted for a pair of multi-block games and eight multi-steal performances…Excelled under head coaches Mike Greer and JB Suiter at Westview High School, where he helped the Chargers to four district titles, one regional championship and appearance in the state semifinals while scoring over 1,500 career points during his career…Was a first-team all-state honoree as a senior, averaging 22.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 3.0 steals per game on his way to Class AA Mr. Basketball finalist honors as the Chargers posted a 27-4 record…Was named Jackson Sun’s 2016 All-West Tennessee Boys Basketball Player of the Year after guiding Westview to the Class AA state tournament for the first time in school history…Sank the game-winning shot with 5.7 seconds left in the substate tournament win over Ripley as a senior…Tossed in a career-high 45 points (with nine 3-pointers) against Obion County during his senior season…Averaged over 20 points per game during both his junior and sophomore campaigns, earning All-West Tennessee Newcomer of the Year accolades.
“I’m glad that Garrett chose to come home to continue his playing career,” Stewart said. “He is a very skilled wing who will bring a lot of excitement to our program over the next four years.”
Andre Hogan, G, 6-4, 205, R-Jr., Chicago, Ill. (Redlands CC)
Was a high-scoring guard for head coach Earnest Crumbley at Redlands Community College, located in El Reno, Okla….Averaged a team-high 14.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a sophomore in 2015-16…Ranked third nationally in free throws made (145) and free throws attempted (209)…Registered six 20-plus point games, including a career-high 31 points against Murray State College on Feb. 8, sinking 18 out of 22 free throw attempts in that contest…Proved to be efficient in the scoring column, scoring 26 points on 13 shots against Butler CC on Nov. 7 and scoring 26 points on 15 shots against Eastern Oklahoma State on Feb. 1…Made double-digit free throws in four separate outings…Amassed five double-doubles, grabbing a career-best 12 rebounds against St. Gregory’s on Nov. 3…Dished out a career-best six assists against both Connors State (Feb. 22) and Eastern Oklahoma State (Feb. 29)…Had eight multi-steal games, including a career-high four swipes at Oklahoma Baptist on Nov. 17…Spent his freshman season playing for head coach Adjalma Becheli at Utah State Eastern in Price, Utah…Averaged 9.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals per contest as a true freshman…Was responsible for 11 double-digit scoring games in 2014-15, including a 20-point outburst (to go along with 10 rebounds) against Impact Academy on Dec. 6…Also picked up a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) to go along with a career-high six assists against Impact Academy on Dec. 5…Knocked down at least three trifectas in five different contests…Came away with six multi-steal games, including a career-best five steals against West Wind Prep on Oct. 31...Prepped at Harlan Community Academy High School, where he played for head coach Ervin Bryant…Was a valuable performer for the Falcons, earning Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Association all-conference accolades in 2013-14…Scored a game-high 27 points in the CPS playoffs against Red North champion Uplift as a senior.
“Andre sat out last year and worked hard on his game,” Stewart said. “He’s a big-bodied guard who can score in multiple ways.”