Men's Basketball Team Adds FiveApril 21, 2006
ANDERSON, S.C. -- The Anderson University men's basketball team added five players during the spring signing period, head coach Doug Novak announced Friday afternoon. The new members of the Anderson basketball team are: -- Rande Sibley, a 5-foot-10 guard from guard from Bearden High School in Knoxville, Tenn. Sibley led Bearden to the regional tournament title. Bearden was one of eight teams to qualify for the TSSAA state tournament at Middle Tennessee State University. Sibley averaged 17 points, 2.5 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game. He shot 85 percent from the free throw line and 38 percent from behind the arc. “We are excited that Rande has chosen Anderson University to continue his education and play basketball," Novak said. "Rande is a great shooter with unlimited range. We expect Rande to come in right away and compete for minutes.” -- Josh Beale, a 6-8 forward from Flowery Branch High School in Flowery Branch, Ga. Beale helped lead Flowery Branch to the Class AAA state tournament. “Josh is only 17 years old and is already 6-8," Novak said. "He is very skilled. Josh’s best basketball is ahead of him.” -- Josh Stanley, a 6-5 wing from Dorman High School in Spartanburg, S.C. Stanley averaged 13.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game and shot 42 percent from behind the arc. He was selected All-Region, All-Area, and All-State and played in the North-South All-Star game. “Josh is a player who can play multiple positions," Novak said. "He has a nose for the ball, rebounds extremely well, and can shoot from anywhere." -- Jonathan Mattox, a 6-3 guard from Oconee County High School in Watkinsville, Ga. Mattox averaged 13.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game for a team that made the final eight in Class AAA this past season. He was named second-team All-Northeast Georgia by the Athens Banner-Herald. His high school coach was Brian Dickens, who also coached Kim Hausman, a rising senior on the Anderson women's team. “Jonathan is a winner," Novak said. "Jonathan's length and athletic ability combined with his understanding of how to play the game will be a great addition to our program." -- J.C. Webb, a 6-0 point guard from Oconee County High School in Watkinsville, Ga. Webb averaged over 7.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game. He was an honorable mention All-Northeast Georgia selection. “J.C. is a true floor general," Novak said. "He does a lot of things that can not be found on a stat sheet. J.C. is a hard-nosed basketball player who always puts his teammates first.” The five new signees join 6-9 Levi Ashworth from Sullivan South High School in Kingsport, Tenn., who signed with Anderson during the early period last November.