NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College head men's basketball coach Shaun Golden announced today the signing of two players for the 2006-07 season. Danny Friend, Jr., of Atlanta, Ga., and Terrance Spillers of North Charleston have signed national letters of intent to play for the Indians next season.
Friend, a 6'7", 215-pound forward, is an All-State Georgia High School Athletic Association Class A first team selection from basketball-rich Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, who boasts the Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard and Georgia Tech's Javaris Crittenton as recent products. Averaging nearly 18 points and nine rebounds a game, Friend was the MVP for the 2005-06 state championship team, and a Georgia Coaches' Association first team member.
"Danny is a long, athletic finisher," Golden said. "He's very active around the rim and has good hands."
Spillers is a 6'4", 240-pound post player who played at North Charleston High School and Clinton Junior College in Rock Hill, and a former teammate of current Indian Antoinne Frazier. He led the Golden Bears to a 2006 Region X tournament championship while averaging 16 points and 9 rebounds a contest. Spillers was named to the All-Tournament team and earned regular season All-Region second team honors.
"Terrance is a load in the post," Golden said. "He uses his body well and will be a strong post presence for us next season."