The Nicholls State University men's basketball team will have 5 fresh faces on its roster next season.
Almost all of those guys will have experience playing at the collegiate level.
Coach Austin Claunch announced the crop today, which includes four transfer players and one high school signee.
Claunch said these players will replace the 6 seniors the Colonels have off a team that had hopes of winning the Southland Conference before the season was ended early due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jitaurious Gordon, 6'0, 200 pounds
Gordon lands at Nicholls after a successful junior season at Troy where he averaged 12 points per game. Gordon is a combo guard with a plus-sized body.
Claunch said he thinks Gordon is going to be a versatile scorer during his lone season in Thibodaux.
"Ty is someone I've known for a long time and have always loved his game and what he brings to a team," Claunch said. "He has an incredible feel with the basketball and natural tendency to get others involved. He impacts the game on both sides of the ball and has great command, presence and toughness. We are ecstatic to have him here in Thibodaux and can't wait to get him on the court."
Damien Sears, 6'7, 230 pounds
Sears will land in Thibodaux after playing sporadically last year at St. John's. He played in 28 games and averaged 1.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Sears has Louisiana ties. He is from Haughton where he was a multi-sport standout. Before landing at St. John's, Sears played at Jacksonville and Western Oklahoma State.
"Damien is a big physical presence who will really be able to score in the post in our league," Claunch said. "He had an opportunity to play against some of the best competition in the country last season and that experience will only help as he comes into his senior year."
AJ Rainey, 5'11, 180 pounds
Rainey is the lone local on the list. He starred at H.L. Bourgeois and was one of the best local prep basketball players in recent years. He also was a two-year standout at Blinn College, averaging 13 points per game last season. Rainey will have two seasons to compete at Nicholls.
"AJ is someone we have been watching since his high school days at HLB," Claunch said. "He is one of the most gifted passers I have seen at any level, and he has a beautiful flow to his game and a burst to get by guys and create for himself as well as his teammates. We are fired up to get him back home and start working."
Anquaevious Pollard, 6'8
Pollard is a versatile forward who has had two productive seasons for Shelton State Community College. Last season, Pollard averaged 16.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He shot 55 percent from the field and 37 percent from the 3-point line.
Claunch said he loves how hard Pollard plays.
"Anquaevious is a hard-playing forward whose motor never stops," Claunch said. "I have seen very few people play with a consistent ferocity like him. He pursues rebounds as hard as anyone I've ever seen and is constantly looking to make a winning play. He has won everywhere he has been and I look forward to that continuing when he joins us."
The lone high school signee in the 2020 class is Spencer, who is a combo guard who just got done playing at Lake Creek High School in Porter, Texas.
Claunch said Spencer has a toughness and energy that is going to be an asset to Nicholls State University.
"Pierce is a combo guard who is ultra competitive," Claunch said. "There aren't many guys out there who bring toughness and confidence more consistently than him. He plays with a fearlessness and chip on his shoulder every time out. He has a "win at all cost" mentality about him and that will help him come in compete from day 1 on team looking to win a championship."