CCSU men's basketball team signs two players

Staff reports

The Clayton College & State University men's basketball program has established itself as one the nation's top defensive squads in the last two seasons under the leadership of second-year head coach Gordon Gibbons.

However, the offense added some firepower to its arsenal recently with the signing of two prolific scorers.

Clayton State head coach Gibbons, the third winningest coach in NCAA Division II history, announced the signing of two perimeter players in 6-foot-5 guard Carlton Holmes of Charlotte, N.C. and 6-2 guard Rashad Williams of St. Petersburg, FL.

"Carlton and Rashad are two talented players that will add experience and depth to our backcourt," said Gibbons, who has led the Lakers to their two highest finishes ever in the Peach Belt Conference.

Both the newcomers will battle for playing time with two senior returning starters from last year in Jason Byrd and Lamar Rodgers. Byrd, one of the team's most athletic players, started 21 games last year for the Lakers, while Rodgers was the team's second-leading scorer and top three-pointer shooter.

Holmes led Spartanburg Methodist College in scoring and was a first-team Carolinas Conference performer last year.

His 17.2 points per game, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists established him as a Player of the Year candidate in Region 10.

He started all 30 games for SMC's 17-11 squad and led the team in scoring in 22 games. Holmes was an All-Tournament selection at the Sante Fe Community College Tip-Off Tournament after scoring 46 points in two games.

Williams, a 2002 All-Region 17 selection and a JUCO All-American nominee, was second in Georgia Junior College scoring in 2001-02, averaging 19.4 points per game. He led Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College to a 20-win season and scored 801 points in two seasons.