From Staff Reports
The Clayton College & State University's men's basketball program added another prized recruit to its 2004-05 squad, recently signing former Old Dominion player T.J. Waldon to play for the Lakers.A 6-foot-5 forward, Waldon transfers to Clayton State after two seasons of play at the NCAA Division I school in Virginia. He played in the Monarch rotation as a freshman and a sophomore, averaging over 10 minutes per game, shooting 57 percent from the field.
"T.J. brings experience, versatility and a winning attitude to our team," said Clayton State head coach Gordon Gibbons. "He is a young man I watched grow up as a four-year starter in high school in Lakeland, Fla. T.J. is a major addition to our program."
Waldon led Kathleen High School to a Florida state championship in 2001. He was named the 4A championship Most Valuable Player, named to the first team All-State squad and was a finalist for the 2001 Florida "Mr. Basketball" award.
At ODU, Waldon was an important contributor in his two seasons.
His top game came last year came against William & Mary, a three-point win, as he scored eight points and pulled eight rebounds in 22 minutes of play. He had five rebounds, two assists and a steal in a three-point loss to St. Joseph's, a squad that was ranked in the top-5 for most of the 2003-04 season and finished with a 30-2 record. In addition, he had six points, four assists and two steals against Virginia Military, six points and two rebounds against Hofstra and four points and five rebounds versus Towson last year.
He played in 27 games and helped lead Old Dominion to a 17-12 record last year and fourth place finish in the Colonial Athletic Association. As a freshman, he had a season high seven points versus Drexel and a season high seven rebounds against Campbell.
The Lakers finished the 2003-04 season with a 22-8 record and are positioned to make another run at the Peach Belt Conference championship, a league that returns the defending NCAA Division II national champion. Clayton State has averaged 20 wins over the last three seasons and finished in the top five in the 12-team Peach Belt each season, which includes winning the 2001-02 PBC title.
Waldon is the second signee for Clayton State men's basketball, as the Lakers signed Lovejoy High School standout Michael Sloan after a stellar high school career. Sloan finished second in career scoring at Lovejoy, trailing only Jason Floyd, who went on to play at Georgia Tech.
He led the Lovejoy program to three straight state tournaments.