MUNCIE, Ind. -- C.J. Clark (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Springs H.S.), Laron Frazier (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan H.S.) and Deontay Twyman (Sandy Spring, Md./Sherwood H.S.) have each signed a national letter of intent to attend Ball State University and compete for the men’s basketball team, according to head coach Ronny Thompson.
“We are excited to add these three young men to our program,” Thompson says. “They each have the ability to contribute immediately and impact our program.”
Clark, a 6-foot-7 forward, joins the Ball State program after spending last season at Panola College in Carthage, Texas. He earned Honorable Mention on the All Region XIV at Panola after averaging 14 points and four rebounds per game. Clark shot 48 percent from the field, 39 percent from three-point range and 78 percent from the free throw line. After playing at Cypress Spring High School in Houston, Clark signed with Colorado State and played in 12 games as a freshman for the Rams. “C.J. is a versatile player,” Thompson says. “He can legitimately play three different positions. His athleticism and length are assets, as is his ability to knock down shots.”
Frazier, a 6-0 point guard, helped Highland Community College to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in 2007. As the starting point guard, Frazier averaged 14 points and six assists per game en route to being named the Arrowhead Conference Player of the Year. He was also named the Region IV Most Valuable Player and a Second Team NJCAA Division I All-America.
“Laron was a second-team All-American,” Thompson says. “I think having the accolades he has says something about the type of competitor he is. As a point guard, Laron has the ability to shoot and knock down shots. He also has a great ability to create shots for his teammates.”
Twyman, a 6-0 guard, was the first athlete in 17 years to be named All-Met in both basketball and football by The Washington Post. Twyman led Sherwood to the 4A Championship after averaging 17 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals per game as a senior. His team posted the most wins in school history with a 23-4 record and he finished his prep career with over 1,200 points in his career.
In addition to basketball, Twyman led Sherwood to consecutive Maryland 4A State Finals in football as a quarterback. He registered over 7,000 yards with 80 touchdown passes.
“Deontay is an explosive scoring guard,” Thompson says. “To be an All-Met selection in basketball and football shows Deontay knows how to compete. He can create and hit shots. I am excited to add Deontay to our program.”
The trio of signees join Kevin Ford (Portland, Ore./ Jefferson H.S.), Rob Giles (Detroit, Mich./Crockett H.S.), Robert Martina (Pompano Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach H.S.), Melvin Goins (Humble, Texas/Christian Life Center Academy) and Malik Perry (Philadelphia, Pa./Philadelphia Lutheran Christian Academy), who have already committed to the BSU program for 2007-08.