2015-2016 Lawson State Men's Basketball


"No place like home", was the thought of Coach Phillip Shumpert after spending two years away from Lawson State Community College (one at Southern Poly and Jackson State University). Shumpert achieved great success during his previous stint at Lawson State with several Division I players including Coty Clarke (Arkansas), Taj Ridley (Iona), Worrell Clahar (DePaul), Tarvin Gaines (Jacksonville State), Bobby King (Stephen F. Austin), Tyler Gaskins (St. Peters), Tobias Dowdell (UT-Martin). Even more impressive about the list of players mentioned is that they received degrees from their perspective university/college. Also, noteworthy is that five of the seven are now playing professionally with Coty Clarke recently being signed to the 2015-2016 training camp roster for the Boston Celtics. Shumpert hopes to create an identical environment of excellence both on the court and off with this year's team. This year Lawson State is comprised of an intriguing mix of talented players including 4 Division I transfers, and one former Division 1 signee. Shumpert thinks that with hard work this season's team can be one to remember.

2014-2015 record: 16-15

Coach: Phillip Shumpert
Who's OUT:
Deshon Bayless- Arkansas Pine-Bluff (Honorable Mention All-American, ACCC North Player of the Year Deshaun Griffin- North Alabama. Keiston Stanfield-Middle Georgia, Isaiah Core III.- Miles, Joshua Johnson-Miles.

Who's IN:
Bradley Nero (6'6") is the lone returner who brings leadership and athleticism to the team. The cougars welcome tow versatile Division I transfer wings, Rodney Simeon (6'6") from Tennessee State and Devon Dorsett (6'6") from Norfolk State. Theses two players, both long and athletic, are capable of scoring in several differernt ways, as well as playing and guarding multiple positions. Former South Alabama guard Isaiah Maston (6'3"), has a unique combination of shooting and defensive skills that he will exhibit while working to return to the D1 level. DeOntaye Curtis (6'8") competed last season in the tough Panhandle Conference for Pensacola State. His athleticism around the rim and scoring ability will help the Cougars tremendously; plus Curtis has a great deal of untapped potential he hopes to show with his maturity during his sophmore season. (6'11") Artis Cleveland, and Oakland University transfer, will patrol the middle with his size and shot blocking ability.
A talented group of freshmen will be looked upon to play valuable minutes for the Cougar's this season. Dontae Coleman (6'3".....Butler HS, GA), a former Flordia Atlantic signee and his high school's all-time leading scorer will look to continue his scoring ways and continued success while playing only one year at Lawson State. Andre Kennedy (6'7"..... Westover HS, GA), appears to run off pure octane. His consistent high energy, rebounding ability, and aggressive style of play can help solidfy the Cougars chances of success on both ends of the floor. Malik Carter (6'9".... North Gwinnett HS, GA), not only adds size to the Cougar's roster, but he also adds a rare combination of rebounding and outside shooting skills. Kwasi Hanson (6'7".... Athens HS, AL) has versatility and shooting range that could possbily create matchup problems on the court. His length also gives him the ability to defend both the forward and guard spots on the floor. Arthur Johnson (6'2"....Marion HS, AL) brings a power game to the guard position. His ability to get to the basket are complemented by his overall scoring and shooting abilities. Anthony Carmon (6'1"....East Tech HS, OH) is an athletic point guard whos explosiveness and rebounding ability should create some advantages for him at the point.

Coach Shumpert's Take: "It feels great to be back at Lawson, It's like family and I can't wait to bring my brand of Lawson State Basketball back to the city. While also making sure my players graduate and represent the city of Birmingham and Lawson State well".

Lawson State Men’s Basketball 2015-16

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