NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College head men's basketball coach Dave Davis is pleased to announce the signing of three guards from the state of Florida. Brunes Charles from Naples, Brock Walters from Jacksonville and Pat Ryan from Orlando will join the Wolves for the 2010-11 season.
The versatile Charles, who is comfortable at any position, played at Seacrest Country Day School and averaged 19.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.5 steals per game. His high school team won the district championship and lost in the regional championship game. Brunes scored 36 points against Moore Haven, was a first team all-conference Selection as a junior and senior and was selected to play in the prestigious East-West All Star in Miami's American Airlines Arena and in the Lee County All-Star Game. Charles won almost as many awards off the court as on, as he was a Honor Roll student, won the Algebra and French awards at Seacrest and had an award specifically named for him called “The Heart of the Community Award” for his efforts to help in so many different ways in the local area.
Walters was also a true student-athlete at Fleming Island High School where he averaged 17.2 points per game in his senior year. He made 133 three-pointers over his career and once made seven three-pointers in a game. Brock was all-conference and all-county as a junior and senior. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native was the Daytona Sunshine Classic MVP and played his AAU ball with the Orange Park Suns.
Ryan starred at Dr. Phillips High School and led his team to a 27-6 record and the 6A state championship game as a senior. As a point guard he was a first team All-Metro player and an Honorable Mention All-State performer while playing alongside teammate and major college recruit Shane Larkin, the son of former professional baseball player Barry Larkin. Pat was the Defensive MVP as a junior and a senior. He had one of his best games of the season scoring 24 points against Dr. Krop High School, which was ranked No. 2 in the state. He shot over 40% from the three-point line and can create for his teammates.
“Pat is a fighter and a competitor and I loved him from the first time I saw him,” said Davis. “Brunes can play the point or anywhere else for that matter. He really understands the game and can see the floor like very few. He is an incredible kid who is skilled musically, athletically and understands unselfishness as it should be. Brock can really, really shoot the basketball and he could not have chosen a better program to showcase what he does well. These are three excellent freshmen to add to our strong recruiting class.”