NEWBERRY - Newberry College head men's basketball coach Dave Davis has announced the signing of two guards from North Carolina in Mason Spease of Central Cabarrus High School in Concord and Matt Spears from Charlotte Country Day.
Newberry assistant coach Rob Perron, no stranger to the Charlotte area after spending five seasons as an assistant coach at UNC Charlotte, was instrumental in recruiting both of these young men.
Spease is a shooting guard, who was the team captain, led his team to three consecutive state tournament appearances. As a senior, the versatile 6-foot-2 guard averaged 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists per game. He had outstanding games of 28 points vs. Porter Ridge, 22 vs. nationally-ranked Olympic including five three-pointers in one quarter and had 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, narrowly missing a triple double vs. Hickory Ridge. Spease played for the nationally prominent Charlotte Gators AAU program and once scored 37 points in a game vs. Durham including an 8-of-10 from the three-point line. Another top of the line student in the 2013 Newberry recruiting class, Spease is ranked in the top 10 percent of his class, carries a 3.8 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society, the Beta Club, Future Business Leaders (FBLA) and the Student Council.
Spears is a point guard with tremendous work ethic and passion for the game averaged 16.2 points, 4.5 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game while earning all-conference honors. He lead his team to the state playoffs both his junior and senior years. He was the team captain and had an outstanding game vs. conference champion Providence Day with 29 points and 8 rebounds on 12-of-16 shooting, going 2-for-3 from the 3-point line and 3-for-3 from free throw line. “Matthew is a very coachable kid who has outstanding work ethic,” said Charlotte Country Day coach Dwayne Cherry. “He is extremely quick off the dribble and is a very good on the ball defender.”
“The Charlotte area has been very good to my teams over the years, and we are fortunate to have these two quality young men and true student athletes to join our basketball family,” said Davis. “Mason is tough, he will work at the Newberry level and can shoot the basketball. Matt is a true point guard and a guy I wanted to coach from the first time I saw him in the gym. He has the qualities that have won my teams many championships over the years.“