CANYON – West Texas A&M Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Brown announced on Thursday that three standout basketball players have signed letters of intent to continue their academic and basketball careers at WT. Joining the program for the 2014-15 season include Jeff Bonner (Houston Texas/Mesa CC), Jordan Evans (Houston Texas/Northern Oklahoma) and Tommy Gove (Waconia, Minnesota/Waconia HS).
“We feel that these three young men will bring a good combination of size, athleticism and skill to WT, they are also versatile enough to mesh well with the current players on the roster” said Brown.
Bonner, a 6-5 wing, comes to Canyon from Mesa Community College under the guidance of Sam Ballard, helping the Thunderbirds finish the season at 26-5. The junior transfer is a Houston, Texas native that played his prep career at Fountain Hills High School in Arizona where he was an All-Division 1st Team selection for the Falcons.
“Jeff is a very versatile player that will be able to play right away for us, he is an excellent defensive player, strong rebounder, can guard multiple positions and is a team first player” added Brown “He is a player that can play inside and out, shooting over 45% from 3 pt. range last season while he is also a player that will led by example. He has a great work ethic and really pays attention to detail, along with being a great player Jeff is an outstanding student who will excel in the classroom.”
Gove, a 6-0 guard, joins the Buffs following a standout prep career at Waconia High School in Minnesota where he was coached by legendary head coach Patrick Hayes III. Gove, who battled injuries throughout his high school career, is the nephew of WT Associate Head Coach Chris Gove.
“Tommy’s competitiveness, intelligence and athleticism will make an immediate impact on our program. However, we will take it step-by-step with him and he will most likely be redshirting next year” added Brown “The goal for him is to build his strength so that he can be versatile enough to play the point or off guard position in the ultra-tough LSC, Tommy was a very talented multiple sport athlete at WHS and we’re excited to add him to the WT Basketball family.”
Evans, a 6-foot-6, wing comes to West Texas A&M from Northern Oklahoma College where he was coached by Greg Shamburg. The Jets finished the 2013-14 campaign with an overall record of 21-7 as they advanced to the NJCAA Region II Tournament as coach Shamburg was named the Region’s Coach of the Year.
“Jordan is an athletic forward who physically will be ready to play right away, he is a guy who will defend and rebound at a high level. On the offensive end, he will be a tough matchup because of his versatility” added Brown “Jordan is a sharpshooter and someone that can really get going in a hurry, what I like best about Jordan is that he is a great teammate. He truly will do whatever it takes for his team to excel on the court, Jordan is student-athlete who will flourish in the classroom and we expect him to have three great years at WT.”
Coach Brown on the recruiting process thus far:
“The recruiting process so far has been a lot of fun, with only a handful of players returning from last year’s team there is still work to be done. Our goal as a staff is to bring in student-athletes that will bring the program back to its winning ways.”
“We are not done recruiting and expect to sign a few more players before the start of the season, all of the families we had the opportunity to talk to were great to work with and the high school, junior college and AAU coaches were all very supportive. We feel very fortunate to add them to the Buff family, I'm proud of all the work that Coach Gove has done in the recruiting process.”