HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss head men's basketball coach Jay Ladner took his 2020-21 recruiting class even higher Thursday with the signing of junior-college star DeAndre Pinckney (Broward CC) to a National Letter of Intent.
"DeAndre is one of the most sought-after junior college prospects in the country," Ladner said. "His addition makes a strong class even stronger. There are exciting times ahead for Golden Eagle Basketball."
DeAndre Pinckney (Jr., 6-8, 220, G/F, Carol City, Fla. / Broward CC)
-Rated No. 16 nationally by JucoRecruiting.com
-Averaged team-highs of 16.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game; one of five players to be in double-figure scoring
-Produced 18.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game as a freshman, while his 201 free-throw attempts were No. 21 nationally (78.9 percentage)
-Appeared in Juco Advocate 45 All-Star Game after rookie campaign
-Three-year letterwinner at Miami Carol City High School, where he averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game en route to earning District Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors
-Appeared in four high school All-Star games
-Held offers from Ole Miss, St. John's, Rutgers and Virginia Tech among others
Tae Hardy (Jr., 6-2, 180, G, Ellenwood, Ga. / Pearl River CC)
Justin Johnson (Jr., 6-7, 200, G, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / South Georgia Tech)
Javarzia Belton (Fr. 6-10, 275, C, Calhoun Falls, S.C. / Moravian Prep (N.C))
Mark Jaakson (Fr., 6-7, 200, G, Tallinn, Estonia / Get Better Academy)
Jaron Pierre (Fr., 6-4, 180, G, New Orleans, La. / St. Augustine HS)
Blake Roberts (Fr., 6-2, 180, G, Hattiesburg, Miss. / Oak Grove HS)