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Bisons go mostly near, but also far, for recruits

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Nov. 8, 2006

The Lipscomb Bisons basketball team went near and far to find members of the 2007-2008 recruiting class.

Locally, Coach Scott Sanderson received scholarship papers from Josh Slater from David Lipscomb High School and Brian Wright and Brandon Brown from Brentwood Academy. On the far side of the talent search the Bisons signed Adnan Hadzic, a native of Bosnia who has been playing high school basketball in Indianapolis, Ind.

Slater, 6-foot-3, 175 pounds, can play both guard spots. He averaged 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals per game as a junior.

Slater was an All-Region selection as a sophomore and All-District as a junior. He was also the Most Valuable Player in Region 5-AA.

"Josh is long and athletic," Sanderson said. "He fits in perfect with us. I think he will be a better college player than a high school player. He is a very, very intelligent player. He is a very good decision-maker."

Brian is a 6-foot-6 forward. He averaged 7.8 points and five rebounds his junior season. He is the brother of Brandon Wright, a freshman for the University of North Carolina basketball team and a three-time Mr. Basketball in the state of Tennessee.

Brian is expected to play next season behind Eddie Ard, the preseason pick by Atlantic Sun college coaches to be the player of the year in the conference.

"Brian is very athletic," Sanderson said. "He is really hard to guard. He is absolutely a great kid."

Brown, 6-foot-7, is also a forward. He averaged 6.3 points and five rebounds a game last season as a junior.

`Brandon is extremely athletic," Sanderson said. "He can really shoot the ball. He is a good rebounder. He has played against great competition. He teams like Kent State and Richmond recruiting him."

Sanderson pointed out that Slater, Wright and Brown are local players who know how to play the game and also help to add to the overall team height.

"They all three fit where we are going," Sanderson said. "We are trying to get 6-4, 6-5 and 6-6 long athletic wing guys.

"They are all three very close. They are local players who can play. All three of them will be a great lift for our team on both ends of the floor."

Hadzic, 6-foot-8, 240 pounds, plays for North Central High School. He was All-District, All-Region and All-State last season. He was All-State Honorable Mention in 2004-2005.

"Adnan looks like Tarzan," Sanderson said. "He is very strong. He is a good rebounder in traffic. He has good low post moves. He should be a very good presence for us inside."

From 2003 through 2006 his high school conference has been known as "the hardest basketball conference in America."

Hadzic's team has been ranked 12th nationally. One of his teammates, Eric Gordon, is rated as one of the top players in the country. He has signed to go to the University of Indiana.

"A lot can be said for recruiting kids out of winning programs," Sanderson said. "Kids from winning programs come in with an air about them. They expect to win."