Men's basketball announces four signings
Thursday, June 9, 2005 | by by Scott McCain, Newberry Sports Information

NEWBERRY, S.C. – Newberry College head men’s basketball coach Shaun Golden announced today the signing of four basketball players to national letters of intent.  Dominique Simmons, Kendrick Johnson, Sammy Monroe, and Zachary Chandler will bring their game to Newberry next season.

Simmons, a 6’5” wing player, is a Berea High School graduate who contributed 13.8 points and 8 rebounds per contest at small forward.  He is a two-year all-conference player and the MVP of the 2005 Greenville County All-Star Game, leading all scorers with 19 points for the victorious West squad.  A 2004 Greenville County Christmas Tournament first team selection, Simmons is a long, athletic defender that runs the court, and is equally dangerous on offense as a slasher or jump shooter.

Johnson, a 6’6” forward from Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, notched 12.5 points, eight rebounds, and five blocks per game as a senior while shooting 57% from the field.  He is a three-year letterwinner under head coach Alex Barron.  Johnson also participated in cross country at the high school level.

Monroe is a transfer from Tallahassee Community College that will bring size and athleticism to Newberry sooner rather than later.  A 6’6” forward, he spent his freshman season at Clinton (S.C.) Junior College and earned team Offensive MVP honors with a 17-points-per-game scoring average.  Originally from Seven Springs, N.C., Monroe played under coach Mike Oliver at Southern Wayne High School.

Chandler, a 5’11” guard from Greenville, S.C., spent the last two seasons at Roane State Community College (Tenn.).  A two-way threat, he led his team in scoring (16.6 ppg) and steals (3.7 spg), ranking him seventh and first in the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association (TJCCAA), respectively in those categories.  Chandler earned TJCCAA All-Eastern Division honors as a sophomore.