Roadrunners fill out roster


Democrat Staff



Democrat Staff

The State Fair mens basketball team has added three guards for the 2015-16 season.

The Roadrunners have added Ledonald Grey Jr., Asem Johnson and Duante Stephens.

Grey is a 6-3 freshman from Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He averaged 14.1 points per game his senior year as Hopkinsville won a regional title.

“Ledonald is an explosive player who can make plays on the perimeter and will have an immediate impact on our program,” said Roadrunners coach Kevin Thomas. “He has a high basketball IQ and comes from a great program. Hopkinsville has been to several state tournaments in Kentucky. Ledonald will fit right in with what we do.”

Johnson, a 6-4 freshman from Patterson, New Jersey, averaged 14.3 points per game his senior year at Eastside.

“He’s another athletic player who can really jump,” Thomas said. “He played for a good high school team and a very prestigious AAU program. He needs to develop his shot a little more, but with his ball handling and athleticism, he has a chance to be a special player.”

Stephens, a 6-3 guard from Niles, Illinois, averaged 21.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals his senior year with Niles North.

“He is a strong guard who can make plays off the dribble,” Thomas said. “He will fit in well in our offense and brings more athleticism and scoring to our team.”

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All four sophomores from the 2014-15 State Fair Lady Roadrunners roster will be playing basketball at a four-year college in 2015-16, three for Division I schools.

Guard Derriel Banyard will play at Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers went 12-18 overall, 6-14 in the Big South last season.

Guard Erin Boothe will play at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Golden Lions are coming off a 7-22 season, 5-13 in the SWAC.

Center Alecia Cooley, an All-America first-team pick last season, will play at Arkansas. The Razorbacks were 18-14 overall last season, 6-10 in the SEC.

Guard Sannayyiah Johnson will play at Division II Lander in Greenwood, South Carolina.

“This group had two great years at SFCC,” said Lady Roadrunners coach Kevin Bucher. “It ended sooner than we wanted, but we did go undefeated in the conference. They represented State Fair Community College very well, and we are excited to see them represent us at their new universities. All four are going into great situations where they can compete and help their new programs. We wish them the very best.”

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