Francis Marion University men's basketball coach Gary Edwards has announced the signing of 6-2, 195-pound guard Kainan Pouncy of New Brockton, Ala., to a national letter of intent to attend FMU and play for the Patriots in 2019-20.
Pouncy comes to FMU from Enterprise State Community College, where he played the past two seasons. This past year, he averaged 20.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.0 steals per game as the Boll Weevils posted an 18-11 record. He connected on 55.0 percent of his field goal attempts, including a 34.1 percent mark from behind the three-point line, and he made 73.4 percent of his free throws. He ranked fourth in his conference for both scoring and rebounding.
Following both his seasons at ESCC, he earned second-team Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) All-Region 22 honors and first-team All-South Division accolades. As a freshman, he averaged 19.7 ppg.
Pouncy is a product of Daleville High School, where he played for coach Blake Garner. As a senior, he tallied 17.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 6.1 steals, 5.7 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game and was named the 3A Area 4 Most Valuable Player. He garnered All-State honors in both basketball and football.
"We were searching for a player with college experience and proven scoring ability, and we believe Kainan is that individual," Edwards said. "He shot a great percentage from the floor last year, and recorded more assists than turnovers. He will help fill the scoring void of losing All-American Brandon Parker, and will assist in backcourt rebounding as well, something Brandon and (graduated senior) Ryan Davis provided last season."
Pouncy brings to seven the number of recruits in the 2019 class, joining 6-4 wing player Ja'Lil Robinson of Columbia, S.C., 6-4 guard Derrick Sinkler Jr. of Columbia, S.C., 6-5 wing players Jamal Edmondson of Ladson, S.C., and Stan Eze of Marietta, Ga., 6-1 guard Loginn Norton of Richmond, Va., and 6-3 guard Quinton Thomas of Charlotte, N.C.
This past season, Francis Marion posted its second consecutive 20-win campaign with a 21-9 mark, and earned its second straight berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Patriots lose three seniors off that squad.