Assists leader signs with Clayton State

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

From Staff Reports

Clayton State men's head basketball coach Gordon Gibbons continued building his stellar 2011-12 recruiting class with the transfer of point guard Bradley Tumer.

The 5-foot-11 Tumer comes to Clayton State from fellow Division II program Carson-Newman out of the South Atlantic Conference. He joins a class that includes three Division I transfers (Teondre Williams of Oregon, Tony Dukes of USC Upstate and Anthony Salter of Hawaii), plus JUCO standouts Reco Lewis (Waycross), Tim Budd (Spartanburg Methodist) and Tyrone Black (Iowa Western).

The Mount Dora, Fla., native will be eligible for this coming season. Gibbons expects him to combine with Salter to give the Lakers one of the top point-guard duos in the Peach Belt Conference.

"Brad brings leadership and experience to the point guard position," said Gibbons, who is 190-109 entering his 11th season at Clayton State. "He is a complete player who makes those around him better."

Tumer started 21 games this past season for head coach Chuck Benson at Carson-Newman, and was one of the top point guards in the South Atlantic Conference. He averaged nine points and three rebounds a game and shot 40 percent from the field. In addition, Tumer dished out a whopping 164 assists, finishing fourth in the nation and leading the SAC in assists.

Directing the Eagle offensive attack, Tumer scored in double-figures in nine games, including 21 points against Maryville, 19 points against Belmont Abbey and 15 points against Lenoir-Rhyne. In addition, he tallied 19 assists against Newberry, 14 assists against Mars Hill and 10 assists against Anderson.

Prior to signing with Carson-Newman, Tumer enjoyed a solid two-year JUCO career at Pasco Hernando Community College in Florida. He averaged 10 points and six assists a game as a sophomore, finishing 14th in the nation in assists. As a freshman, Tumer averaged eight points and six assists a game, while shooting 50 percent from the field and 56 percent from 3-point range.