HOUSTON- The Texas Southern University Men’s Basketball team has announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. The Tigers are pleased to announce that Vicktor Arnick, Victor Haywood, and Jose Rodriguez will join the team next season.
“We feel really good about the players that we were able to sign,” said TSU head coach Mike Davis. We’re able to bring in two perimeter players out of Dallas Carter High School that we feel should be able to contribute immediately in Vicktor Arnick and Victor Haywood. We were also able to bring in a very athletic and talented Junior College player in Jose Rodriguez. When you look at this class there’s definitely a theme that you’ll see which is the fact that all of the young men we’ve signed are solid students and high character individuals.”
With the departure of Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year Omar Strong, and Defensive Player of the Year Fred Sturdivant, the Men’s Basketball coaching staff sought to find players who could step in a fill the void left by those seniors. The coaching staff made it a priority to fill those voids with well rounded individuals that would buy into the team philosophy and goals.
“We try to get all of our players to buy into the fact that they are here to do more than accomplish great things on the basketball court,” said Davis. “When the time comes that they’ve concluded their careers we want them to leave here as well rounded young men with degrees in hand. All of the players we brought in want to be successful in the classroom and they want to be able to compete for championships. Our responsibility as coaches is to help them reach those goals and we feel like with this class we will have a great opportunity to help them reach their full potential both academically and athletically.”
Vicktor Arnick 6-6 Freshman Guard/Small Forward Dallas Carter HS, Dallas, Texas ranked #56 by Texas Hoops
Senior Year Stats (2012-13) 33 games played, 621 points, 17.8 ppg, 50 three point baskets made, 2.2 three pointers made per game, 254 total rebounds, 7.4 rpg, 94 assists, 3.2 apg
Vicktor is a long athletic wing player who can get out and run the floor well in transition. He goes to the basket well in the open floor and has the ability to create off the dribble. He has a smooth stroke from the three point line. He has good speed to run the lanes, is bouncy at the rim and will hit the boards. He is a solid defender with the length and athleticism to get in the passing lanes and create deflections and steals.
Victor Haywood 6-7 Freshman Wing/Forward Dallas Carter HS, Dallas, Texas
Senior Year Stats (2012-13) 35 games played, 388 total points, 12.6 ppg, 34 three point baskets made, 1.8 three pointers made per game, 274 rebounds, 8.4 rpg, 65 total assists, 2.7 apg, 48 blocks, 4.5 bpg
Victor is a good athlete who can hit the spot up three or take his man and post inside. He is a good rebounder, a very good shot blocker, and he runs the floor well in transition. He plays aggressively on the defensive end of the floor and will be relied upon to help bolster the Tiger front courts both offensively and defensively.
Jose Rodriguez 6-6 Junior Guard/Forward Gulf Coast State College, Bronx, New York
Stats (2012-13) 17.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 48% field goal , 44% 3 field goal; 79% free throw
Jose is a solid scorer inside the paint and from behind the 3-point arc. He has really quick moves around the basket and knows how to finish in traffic. He is a solid rebounder and is always in attack mode on the offensive end. He can defend inside as well as on the perimeter. He was a solid performer in one of the top junior college leagues in the country. He will come in ready to contribute.