Ball Stats Inks Pair of Recruits

November 14th, 2008
MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State men's basketball head coach Billy Taylor announced the signings of Huzie Hambrite (Indianapolis, Ind./Lake Land College/Northwest) and Jauwan Scaife (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) to national letters of intent Friday during the early signing period. Hambrite and Scaife will begin their Ball State careers during the 2009-10 season.

"We are very excited to get Huzie and Jauwan into our Ball State basketball program as they address some needs in our program," Taylor said. "We are very happy we are able to attract quality student-athletes from the state of Indiana that will have an impact on our program."

Hambrite, a 6-0 point guard from Indianapolis, Ind., is entering his second season at Lake Land College (Ill.) under the guidance of head coach Cedric Brown. He led the Lakers in scoring last season as a freshman as he averaged 16 points per game, while also leading the team in assists (101) and steals (29). He opened his sophomore season Wednesday with 12 points and six assists as he led Lake Land to a 93-76 victory over Parkland College.

Hambrite played interscholastically at Indianapolis Northwest High School. He was named to the Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 40 in the state as a senior in 2006-07. He is the son of Huzie and Denise Hambrite.

"Huzie is a fast, talented and athletic point guard that can score in a variety of ways," Taylor said. "He brings strong ball-handling skills and playmaking ability to our team. He is proven to be a very potent scorer and has a well-rounded game. He has the ability to pressure the ball and use his speed on the defensive end of the floor to generate offense."

Scaife, 6-2 guard from Muncie, plays at Muncie Central for head coach Matt Fine. He averaged 14.5 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per contest as a junior. He made 46.9 percent of his field goals, including a 46.8 percent clip from three-point land. He was selected as a North Six member of the Junior All-Stars last summer.

Scaife was tabbed as the "Top Sleeper" in the 2008-09 Indiana senior class by the Rick Bolus High Potential Report. He played AAU basketball for the Spiece Indy Heat. He is the son of Robert and Wilisha Scaife, and is the cousin of former Ball State standout Bonzi Wells.

"Jauwan is a very talented, hard-nosed guard with a tremendous shooting range," Taylor said. "He brings a very sweet shooting touch as well as an ability to make mid-range jump shots to our team. He comes from a very successful and respected program at Muncie Central. The success he has had over his high school career should translate into future success at Ball State. He also has tremendous character and leadership skills, which will be attributes in our program."