NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College head basketball coach Dave Davis has announced the signing of three recruits from Roane State Community College in Tennessee to his initial recruiting class for the 2010-11 season. Antoni Magdos, Renard Flowers and South Carolina native Xavier Carr join the Newberry team and add experience and depth to the growing roster.
Roane State is coached by Randy Nesbit, former head coach at The Citadel. These three student-athletes are big, strong guards who should fit in nicely in the four- and sometimes five-guard offense Davis employs.
Magdos single-handedly won several games for Roane last year. His ability to dribble penetrate is outstanding, as opponents could not contain him in the halfcourt. Antoni had 20 points against Cleveland State in his high scoring game his sophomore season. Magdos was the conference MVP as a junior and senior at Apostolic Christian High School while playing for his father, Gino Magdos, who is a former football player at the University of Tennessee. Antoni led his high school team to undefeated seasons in both his freshman and senior years and won back-to-back conference championships and National Christian School championships his junior and senior years.
Flowers is a strong, powerful player who was also very difficult to contain as a driver last season. Renard was the defensive stopper for Roane State and was also the Most Improved Player on the team in 2010. The 26-year old comes to Newberry as a junior and served in the military for four years before playing at Roane and did tours in both Iraq and Japan. On a Roane State team with balanced scoring, Renard had 14 points against Jackson State, 13 points against regional champion Walters State and 12 points against Chattanooga.
Xavier Carr spent the past two seasons recovering from a variety of injuries but is healthy now and is a warrior as a rebounder and defender. He played his high school basketball at Carvers Bay High School in Georgetown, S.C., where he averaged 16 points and 17 rebounds per game his senior season in 2007. Carr was the leading rebounder in the state of South Carolina and was named to both the all-region and all-conference teams. Carr was the “Toast of the Coast,” being named Player of the Year for the Myrtle Beach coastal region. Xavier once had 35 rebounds in one game against Hemingway High School, when his high school team broke a Hemingway 58-game home winning streak.
“All three of these guys bring much needed strength and toughness to our program,” said Davis. “Randy Nesbit is one of the best coaches in our business and is particularly strong in skill development. He speaks very highly of each of these guys, their effort level and their improvement. These three student-athletes all graduated with an AA degree and bring a strong work ethic to Newberry basketball. I am most impressed with how they love to work on their game and this has been the staple for success in the teams I have coached. We are very fortunate to have these experienced, quality young men joining our program. ”
Nesbit had this to say, “We would continually have Antoni drive it at opponents who could rarely stop him. Renard grew into our best defender and is an excellent driver and scorer and Xavier will be a handful now that he is healthy.”