August 21, 2012

Faulkner Unveils Recruiting Class for 2012-13 Season

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Monday marked the beginning of a new school year at North Georgia College & State. And with the new start, new faces have joined the crowd, including seven brought in by Saints' head men's basketball coach Chris Faulkner and his staff.

The group of seven includes two freshmen, one sophomore, three juniors and one senior who will join a solid core of 11 returners. Two have experience playing at the NCAA Division I one level and three are junior college transfers.

John Charles "J.C." Ward – Sr., 6-5, Post

Marietta, GA/Marietta HS/East Tennessee State University 

The lone senior joining the team this season is forward John Charles "J.C." Ward out of Marietta, Ga. Ward spent the last four years at East Tennessee State University, an NCAA Division I school in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

In three seasons of action, Ward played in 76 games, hitting 47.8% of his shots from the field for 154 total points. He also brought down 193 rebounds in his time with the Bucs.

Prior to his time at ETSU, Ward was an Atlanta All-Metro, All-County, All-Conference and All-Region selection at Marietta High School where he led his team to a trip to the "Final Eight" in Georgia. He averaged a double-double during his prep career with 15 points and 14 boards per game through three seasons.

Ishmael Hollis – Jr., 6-8, Post

Bufford, GA/Flowery Branch HS/Western Carolina University 

The first of three juniors joining the Saints for the 2012-13 season is Flowery Branch, Ga. native Ishmael Hollis. Hollis spent the last two seasons at Southern Conference institution Western Carolina University where he played in 39 games for the Catamounts while averaging 2.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. 

He played his high school ball at Flowery Branch High School where he was a four-year letterwinner on the varsity squad. During his senior year, he averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game en route to earning Region Player-of-the-Year honors as well as being named to the All-Region 7 team.

He averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and 1.5 blocks through his four seasons and helped guide the team to the state regional finals as a junior. He set the school record for most blocks in a single-season his sophomore year and ended his time as the school's all-time leader in blocked shots. He also earned All-Area, All-State and All-American honors during his prep career.

Lamar Richardson – Jr., 6-2, Guard

Riceboro, GA/Liberty County HS/East Georgia College

The second junior to join North Georgia's program during the off-season, Lamar Richardson spent his last two seasons at East Georgia College where he set the school record for most points in a career. A native of Riceboro, Ga., Richardson earned All-Conference recognition from the Georgia College Athletic Association last season as he averaged 14.6 points per game while shooting 36% from the field and 85.7% from the charity stripe as a sophomore.

As a freshman, he led the team in scoring and ended the season third in the conference in the category. 

Prior to enrolling at East Georgia, Richardson played two years on the varsity squad at Liberty County High School.

Chris Tanzy – Jr., 6-0, Guard

Marietta, GA/Marietta HS/Dean College

The final junior to join North Georgia's ranks for the upcoming season is Chris Tanzy, a former teammate to Ward at Marietta High School. Tanzy played both football and basketball at the junior college in Boston, Mass.

Andrew Lawrence – So., 6-5, Post

Hilliard, FL/Hilliard Middle-Senior High School/Waycross College

A native of Hilliard, Fla., Andrew Lawrence played just one season at Waycross College after redshirting his first year. As a redshirt freshman last season, Lawrence played in all 31 games for the Swampfoxes, leading the team in shooting percentage (53%), three-point percentage (40%) and charges taken (64) en route to earning All-GABCA NAIA/JuCo second team honors.

Equally strong away from the court, Lawrence was named to the Dean's List three for three semesters and was named to the Georgia Basketball Coaches Association All-Academic team.

In high school at Hilliard Middle-Senior High School, he was a five-sport athlete earning 16 total varsity letters among baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and tennis. Despite being so busy with sports, he still found time to become the president of his FFA chapter and was an active member of the Beta Club.

Antonio Brodie – Fr., 6-2, Wing

Locust Grove, GA/Luella HS

A true freshman out of Locust Grove, Ga., Antonio Brodie was a three-year member of the Luella High School boy's varsity basketball program. During his senior year, he averaged 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and three assists per game and was named the team's Most Valuable Player as he helped lead his team to the best record in program history (19-8). 

He participated in the Veteran's Tournament in 2012 where he was named the tournament MVP and was a first team all-tournament selection.

Brodie was an A/B Honor Roll member all through high school and graduated Cum Laude.

Corey Green – Fr., 6-4, Wing

Detroit, MI/Bishop Foley Catholic HS

The final piece to Coach Faulkner's puzzle is highly-recruited wing Corey Green out of Detroit, Mich. A three-time letterwinner at Bishop Foley, Green earned numerous plaudits during his prep career and most recently was named the Most Valuable Player of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan All-Star Game where he put up 25 points. 13 rebounds, three blocks and two steals to lead his team to a 113-85 victory.

A three-time all-league selection, Green led his senior team to a 20-4 record last season that included winning the Catholic League and district championships. They ultimately fell in the region championship game. 

Green, who averaged 24.5 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks per game, was named to the all-state team as well as the all-county "Dream Team." In just two and a half seasons at Foley, he set the school record for rebounds in a career, and his senior year also featured him setting the single-season record for rebounds in a season.