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JUCO posts Budd, Black sign with Clayton State men's basketball

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

From Staff Reports

In re-loading his perimeter attack for the 2011-12 season, Clayton State head men's basketball coach Gordon Gibbons signed three talented Division I transfers. In building the inside post game, Gibbons is going the junior college route.

Gibbons announced on Wednesday the signing of center Tim Budd and forward Tyrone Black for the upcoming season. The 6-foot-9, 265-pound Budd comes to Clayton State from Spartanburg Methodist in Spartanburg, S.C. The 6-7, 240-pound Black joins the Lakers out of Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa

The JUCO duo joins the three Division I transfers - Anthony Salter from Hawaii, Tony Dukes from USC Upstate and Teondre Williams from Oregon - so far in the 2011-12 Clayton State men's basketball recruiting class. The addition of Budd and Black will give the Lakers more size and depth in the post area, which was a thin area last season as Clayton State finished 19-10 overall and 10-7 in the Peach Belt Conference

"Tim and Tyrone both bring a lot to the table as they replace two key starters from our post group over the last two seasons," said Gibbons, who is 190-109 entering his 11th season at Clayton State. "Their experience will allow us not to miss a beat."

Budd, who is from Ladson, S.C., will give the Lakers a legitimate scoring threat in the post area that they have missed in the last few seasons. Combining him with returning center Andrew Bachanov (6-9, 245) will give Clayton State a strong, physical combination at center for the upcoming season.

Budd was a two-year starter at Spartanburg Methodist for head coach Jeff Brookman. This past season, he averaged 12 points and seven rebounds a game while shooting 59 percent from the field to earn NJCAA All-Region honors. Budd helped pace Spartanburg Methodist to a 19-11 mark.

His top games from this season including a 21-point performance against Walters State, 20 points against Denmark Tech. Budd averaged seven points and six rebounds a game and shot 60 percent from the field as a freshman. He was a prep standout at Fort Dorchester High School in Ladson, S.C., where he was selected to play in the 2009 Carolinas Basketball All-Star Classic.

"Tim battled through preseason injuries to lead Spartanburg Methodist to a strong season," Gibbons said. "He can score inside and will add strength and depth to our post area."

Black, who is from Benton Harbor, Mich., is known for his aggressive rebounding ability, and that will serve the Lakers well at the power forward position. He and senior Germeil Daniels, who was a developmental red-shirt last season, will battle for the starting power forward spot. That allows returning starter Torrin Greene to return to his more natural small forward position.

Black lettered two seasons at Iowa Western under head coach Jim Morris, and was a teammate of Salter for one season with the Reivers. He is ranked 141st out of the top 150 junior college players in the nation, according to JUCO Junction.

A prep standout at Benton Habor High School, Black averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds during his senior season to earn All-District and All-Region honors. He originally signed with Division I Texas Southern out of high school.

"Iowa Western completed its ninth straight 20-win season, and Tyrone brings that winning attitude with him to Clayton State," Gibbons said.