FMU Men’s Basketball adds guard duo

FMU Men’s Basketball adds guard duo

Francis Marion University men's basketball coach Gary Edwards has announced the signing of 6-4 guard Jalen "JJ" Jordan of Norfolk, Va., to a national letter of intent and the addition of 6-4 senior guard transfer Je'Quan Perry of Charleston.

Jordan is a product of Lake Taylor High School, where he played for coach Kenny Brown.  As a senior, he averaged 15.7 points per game while helping the Titans to a 25-1 record and the school's first-ever Class A state championship.  He was named to play in the Virginian-Pilot Joy Fund All-Star Classic.

He was also a member of the 2016 squad that lost in the state title game.

"Jalen reminds me a lot of (current FMU player) Ryan Davis," Edwards said.  "He is very athletic, can get to the basket, and shoots the ball well. He is an inter-changeable wing-guard and fits in well with our incoming recruiting class."

Perry comes to FMU from Division I Florida Atlantic University, where he played one season.  He appeared in 12 games for the Owls in 2017-18 and averaged 2.0 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.  He connected on 35.3 percent of his three-point attempts was shot 66.7 percent at the foul line.

He played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Spartanburg Methodist College, helping the Pioneers to a pair of appearances in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.

He earned second-team All-Conference honors as a sophomore after averaging 11.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assist per game.  He shot 52.1 percent from the floor, including 44.4 percent from behind the three-point arc, and hit 79.3 percent of his free throw attempts.

As a freshman, he registered 8.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, while posting shooting percentages of 50.0/47.0/89.5.

Perry is a graduate of Charleston Collegiate School, where he played for coach Jay Godbolt and won a state championship as a senior in 2015.

"We first offered Je'Quan out of Spartanburg Methodist.  He can fill multiple positions, and could really play one through five.  He comes from a very successful junior college program and now has a year of Division I experience under his belt, not to mention his in-state connection.  With us bringing in so many young players (7 high school signees), we thought we needed some experience.  This is a great opportunity for Je'Quan to come in and lead a young squad. He is also a good student."

Edwards previously announced the signing of six high school seniors: 6-7 forward Juan Perez of Florence, 6-2 guard Gabriel Dickerson of Suffolk, Va., 6-2 guard Alex Cox of Concord, N.C., 6-7 forward Winston Hill of Columbia, 6-8 forward Gavin Johnson of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., and 6-7 wing player Kailex Stephens of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Francis Marion loses four seniors off last season's 20-10 squad that placed third during the Peach Belt Conference regular season and earned a bid to the NCAA Division II national tournament.

                                                              Jalen Jordan