Hounds sign juco guard

CNJ staff

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan has his first signee for the 2008-09 season in Brandon Wilson, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Dallas.

Wilson, who will be a junior, transferred from Jacksonville College in Texas. He averaged 8 1/2 points and almost four rebounds a game last season for the Jaguars.

Scanlan, trying to rebuild after the Greyhounds went 6-21 overall and 0-12 last season in the Lone Star Conference South Division, said Wilson played a background role in Jacksonville’s offense. He added that Wilson is athletic and has 3-point shooting range.

“We’re very fortunate to get him,” Scanlan said. “He can do a lot of things.

“On his team, he was a third (scoring) option. He did well in that role, but he could’ve been a first or second option.”

Wilson shot 50 percent from the floor last season, hitting 24 3-pointers, and added 26 assists and 21 steals.

Jacksonville’s coach is Greg Young, a one-time assistant coach under Earl Diddle at ENMU.

With only two players scheduled to return from last year’s team, Scanlan has a lot of work to do.

“I think we’re in good shape,” he said. “It could be one of those things where we’re able to announce more (signings) in the next week or so.”