May 29, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Fayetteville State Head Men's Basketball Coach Alphonza Kee has announced the signing of four individuals to National Letters of Intent for the 2013-14 season. The Broncos graduated four student-athletes from the team and six from the program.
The four signees are: Josh Dawson and Mike Tyson of Kinston, NC; Tim Haggie of Raeford, NC; and Torian Showers of High Point, NC.
"This year we tried to fill some immediate needs," stated Kee. "On the court, we had scoring and experience issues. I am very excited about the young men we received. All four of them hit a variety of our needs. We are bringing in quality young men that understand our goal of winning championships and also winning in the classroom."
Josh Dawson departs Kinston High School as one of the most successful student-athletes to play for the Vikings. He helped guide Kinston to back-to-back NCHSAA Class AA State Championships in 2011-12 and 2012-13 and is the only player in school history to ever win three state titles during a four-year stretch. Dawson, a 6-1 guard, is a two-time Area Player of the Year that averaged 11.7 points and seven assists as a senior. This past season, he earned numerous awards including Eastern Plains AA Conference Player of the Year, the East Region's Most Outstanding Player of the State Championship Game and the Most Outstanding Player of the Eastern Regionals. Dawson also participated in the Southeast Elite 24 Classic charity game held in Wilmington.
"Josh Dawson is probably the most renowned high school player, as far as winning, that I have ever recruited. He was a big part in all three state championships. We are talking about a point-blank winner, leader, competitor and also a talented freshman for the Broncos. So he will be here for years to come."
Mike Tyson is a 6-8, 265-pound forward also from Kinston. He spent last season at Pitt Community College; where he averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds per game. The Bulldogs posted a 20-8 record. Tyson was named All-Region X and All-Conference First Team after finishing the season third for NJCAA Division II in rebounds. He played his prep basketball at Kinston High School and won a NCHSAA Class AAA state championship in 2010. Tyson pulled in 14.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game during his senior season at Kinston to earn Kinston Free Press Player of the Year honors.
"Mike Tyson is a big-bodied post player with soft hands," Kee said. "He comes from a big-time high school program. At the junior college level, Mike averaged a double-double. So I look for him to give us a different look in the post area. He can score with his back to the basket as well as rebound."
Tim Haggie, who played at Hoke County High School, was a point guard for the last two seasons at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, North Carolina. He earned numerous postseason accolades in 2012-13 including Honorable Mention All-American, All-Region X First Team and All-Region X All-Academic Team honors. Haggie led the Tar Heel Conference, and ranked ninth nationally among community colleges with 21.2 points per game. He was the leading vote getter for the NJCAA All-Freshman First Team after scoring 15 points per game in 2011-12.
"Tim is a scoring point guard," stated Kee. "Again, we needed help in that area. He averaged nearly 22 points per game. He creates offense and makes people better. As a point guard, Tim and Anthony (Shelton) will give us more scoring options."
Torian Showers will transfer to Fayetteville State after playing the past two years at Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, NC. DCCC posted an impressive 52-10 record during his two seasons and went 23-7 last season. Showers, a graduate of T. Wingate Andrews High School in High Point, started in 23 games as a sophomore while averaging 10.4 points and 6.1 rebounds. He was named the conference Player of the Year during his senior season in high school (2010-11) after pouring in 14 points and seven rebounds per game.
"Torian is a long 6-6 versatile wing," said Kee. "He shot over 35 percent from the three-point arc (at Davidson County Community College). Torian is a good athlete and a guy that has played two years at the college level. His biggest strength is playing within himself and having the ability to stretch the floor."
Fayetteville State University is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina System, FSU has nearly 6,000 students and offers degrees in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.