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Men's Basketball Bolsters Roster

Head Coach Jon Harris
Head Coach Jon Harris

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE men's basketball Head Coach Jon Harris has announced six additions to his roster for the 2017-18 season.

D.J. Jackson, Nico Johnson, Daniel Kinchen, Jaylen McCoy, David McFarland and Toriano Stokes all are set to join the Cougars.

"We couldn't be more excited about our 2017 recruiting class," SIUE Head Coach Jon Harris said. "Most importantly, this is a sound group of individuals who will represent our program and our university the right way. They all possess the foundation to be successful academically at SIUE."

 

 

D.J. Jackson is a 6-foot, 5-inch forward from Moscow, Tennessee. He comes to SIUE from Fayette Ware High School.

As a senior, Jackson averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds per game. He also dished out five assists per contest.

"D.J. plays the game with a high level of intensity and a relentless motor," Harris said. "He has a winner's DNA and will be a great addition to our program."

The Wildcats were 25-12 during his senior season.

"At 6-5, he creates match-up problems for opponents due to his ability to overpower smaller players while possessing the quickness and ball skills to create problems for bigger guys," Harris added. "Also a tireless rebounder, D.J. brings a desired competitive spirit."

Nico Johnson is a 6-1 guard from Danville, Illinois. He played three seasons at Danville High School, before moving to Conrad Academy, a prep school in Florida, for his senior season.

"Nico is a dynamic athlete and an explosive scorer with good ball skills," Harris said. "With him, we add depth to our backcourt."

Johnson averaged 16 points, six assists and five rebounds as a junior at Danville. 

"He thrives in a transition game due to his quickness and creativity in the open floor," Harris said. "He also has the ability to score in a variety of ways. Nico has the tools to develop into a strong defender."

Daniel Kinchen is a 6-3 guard from Atlanta, Georgia, who comes to SIUE after playing at Alabama Southern Community College. At Alabama Southern, he was named ACCC Player of the Year, and also a third team NJCAA All-America selection.

"Daniel is a complete scorer who stays in attack mode," Harris said. "He is humble and unassuming off the court but aggressive in between the lines." 

He played 31 games, started 28 as a sophomore at Alabama Southern when he led the team in scoring at 26.7 points per game. He connected on 50.1 percent (189-377) of his shots and 45 percent (109-242) of his three-point attempts. He was a 74 percent (116-156) free throw shooter and added 2.2 rebounds per game.

"He poses a major threat with or without the ball in his hands, and defenses will have to identify him on the floor," Harris continued. "Daniel has good length and great instincts defensively.  He finds ways to get deflections and make an impact on both ends of the floor.  We are excited to have him join the family."

Jaylen McCoy is a 5-11 guard from Montgomery, Alabama. McCoy comes to SIUE from Wallace State Community College and will be a junior.

"We are adding veteran leadership, pure speed, and more scoring to our backcourt with the addition of Jaylen," Harris said.

McCoy led Wallace State in scoring at 14.9 points per game in 29 games as a sophomore. He connected on 131-318 (.41.2 percent) shots from the field and was an 82.8 percent (111-134) free throw shooter. He led the team with 33 total steals and was second on the team with 51 assists.

"His ability to shoot the basketball, paired with his quickness, make him a tough matchup for opposing guards," Harris said. "He is also tough-minded and plays with the desire to impose his will on the defensive end."

David McFarland is a 6-4 guard from Edwards, Mississippi. He played at East Mississippi Community College.

 "With David, we add a high-character individual with a strong work ethic," Harris said. "David is committed to his development on the court but also in the classroom." 

He led the team with 17.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and was the only player to start all 21 games. He connected on 48.6 percent (123-253) of his field goals (123-253) and 40.0 percent (52-130) of his three-point attempts. He shot 76.7 percent (66-86) at the free throw line while adding 32 assists (1.5 per game), 23 steals (1.1 per game), and 12 blocked shots.

"His day-to-day approach will be a great addition to our locker room," Harris said. "He can score the basketball at all three levels (three-pointers, mid-range and at the rim) and finds ways to put pressure on opposing defenses. His length and athleticism give him good versatility on both ends of the floor."

Toriano Stokes is a 6-9 center from Memphis, Tennessee. He comes to SIUE from Southwest Tennessee Community College.

"Toriano bolsters our front line with a strong presence to block shots and rebound," Harris said. "He brings physicality and a true competitive spirit to the program. 

Stokes averaged 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in one season at Southwest Tennessee. He began his college career at East Tennessee State, where he played in 11 games as a freshman.

"He's a quick jumper and gifted athletically but also a very well-rounded individual," Harris added.


"With this class, we've increased our overall size, athleticism, and scoring, as each guy will bring something a little different," Harris added. "We feel this is a very competitive group, and they'll raise the day-to-day intensity in our program."

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