Men's Basketball adds two to recruiting class
Friday, July 28, 2006 | by by Josh Manck, Newberry College Sports Information Assistant

NEWBERRY, S.C. – Newberry College men’s basketball coach Shaun Golden is pleased to announce the addition of Damion Harris and Trevor Eichelberger to the Indians’ basketball program.

Harris, a 6-10, 275-pound center from Greenville, comes to Newberry after redshirting at the University of Tennessee in the 2005-06 season.

He played one season at Prince Avenue Prep in Pickens, S.C. after playing four seasons at Wade Hampton High School. While at Wade Hampton, he earned all-region and all-county honors and was named to the Class AAA All-State team as a senior.

He averaged 17.1 points, 10 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots during his senior campaign and shot 60 percent from the field. His statistics earned him honorable mention selection on Street & Smith's 2003 Boys High School All-America Team. He participated in the North-South All-Star Game and the adidas Top 30 Game.

Harris also led the Generals to the state tournament in 2003-04 and earned all-region and all-county honors as a sophomore and junior. As a junior, he averaged 16 points, 14 rebounds and 6.5 blocks in leading Wade Hampton to the Class AAA Upper State finals. He was coached by Darryl Nance at Wade Hampton and Mark Knight at Prince Avenue Prep.

“I think Damion will do well at Newberry,” Knight said. “After redshirting at Tennessee, he’s kind of itching to get on the floor and show how he’s improved as a player. Coming from Wade Hampton, he improved a lot on his mobility at Prince Avenue.”

“Damion’s presence will be a difference maker for us with his size and his stature,” said Golden. “We hope his mentality and aggression grows in the direction we have him strive towards, and if all goes to plan, he can give us a post presence we haven’t had in the last two years.”

Eichelberger, a 6-9, 190-pound forward originally from Columbia, comes to Newberry from the Fishburne Military Academy in Virginia.

In his senior season at Fishburne, Eichelberger averaged 15 points, six rebounds and five blocks per game.

“Trevor is a very skilled basketball player with great potential,” Golden said. “He’s a great shooter, but his weakness is his strength. Once his strength catches up with his talent, he has the chance to be a different type of player than anyone who has ever been in a Newberry uniform.”

Founded in 1856, Newberry College is affiliated with the South Carolina, Southeastern, Florida-Bahamas, and Caribbean Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Newberry is a proud member institution of the NCAA Division II and the South Atlantic Conference, a league comprised of eight colleges and universities in North and South Carolina and Tennessee.