ASU gets big man for basketball team

Augusta State added a major piece to its puzzle for next season with the transfer of Flagler center Chad July.


July, who will be a senior in the fall, has one year of eligibility remaining. The 6-9, 260-pound center gives the Jaguars their first true big man since Alex Smith in the 2009-10 season, the last time Augusta State advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.

In three seasons at Flagler, July scored 760 points (10.3 scoring average) on 49 percent shooting from the floor. Last season, he averaged 11 points a game and ranked fourth in the Peach Belt Conference with an 8.5 rebound average.

July will help shore up an Augusta State team that went 17-11 last season and finished last in the league in rebounding.

“It gives us an anchor down there,” Jaguars coach Dip Metress said. “Numerous times in our losses, we got hurt because we just didn’t have any thickness down low.”

Wanting to play for a winning team, July got his release from Flagler and then went on the “Peyton Manning Tour,” Metress said. Though many teams in the Peach Belt were interested, July fell in love with Augusta State’s program and its fans.

Metress said he expects to run more of his inside-out offense with July, who should take a lot of pressure off center Travis Keels and forwards Harold Doby and Devon-Wright Nelson.

July became the Jaguars’ third off-season pickup after the addition of junior college transfer Ryan Weems and high school senior Keshun Sherrill. Weems, a 6-foot shooting guard who suffered a knee injury in December 2010 and hasn’t played since, is a three-point shooter who “can make a shot,” Metress said. Sherrill is a 5-foot-10 point guard who averaged 21 points a game during his senior season at West Rowan High School in Mount Ulla, N.C.

“He’s a guy who can make an impact as a freshman,” Metress said.

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my.voice 04/28/12 - 07:34 am
I bet his momma is worn out

I bet his momma is worn out trying to feed him! Good luck Chad!

ajones25 04/28/12 - 03:10 pm
Looks like Dip has jumped in

Looks like Dip has jumped in head first to join the win at any cost club. While July is a talentetd post player he has enough baggage to fill up his 6'9" 260 lb frame. The article stated that July is transferring from perennial loser Flagler to join a winning team. Probably a much larger factor - he was supsended from the Flagler basketball program before year end for one time too many positive test results. He was also involved in an incident where he broke down a front door and assaulted another student before the season began last year. He certainly had an active off the court junior year for the Saints. Another one and done transfer.

The other two guard signees look like positive & exciting prospects to counter the departures of Ty Beal & O'Neal Armstrong.

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