FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University men’s basketball coach Gary Edwards has announced the addition of two newcomers for the 2010-11 season: senior forward Dominique Coleman of Snellville, Ga., and junior swingman Matthew Todd of North Augusta.
Coleman, 6-7 and 200 pounds, is transferring from NCAA Division II member University of West Alabama. During his junior campaign, he started 16 of 26 games and averaged 4.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He shot 44.3 percent from the floor, including 43.2 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and 83.3 percent at the foul line.
During two seasons at the junior college level, he averaged 9.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, while connecting on 51.9 percent of his shots. He was named to the 2008 Alabama Community College Conference All-League (Northern Division) Team.
Todd, 6-3 and 192 pounds, comes to FMU from Aiken Technical College. As a sophomore, he averaged 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists, while shooting 48 percent from three-point range. He helped lead the Knights to a 28-9 record, the Region X regular-season and tournament titles, and an appearance in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament.
He is a product of Greenbrier High School in Evans, Ga., where he played basketball and was a member of the track and field squad.
“Both of these young men are big wing players who will help improve our perimeter shooting,” said Edwards. “They are both veteran players, and will be counted on to play significant minutes immediately.”
Francis Marion returns eight lettermen from last season’s 18-10 squad, the program’s second-highest win total in 17 years. Each of the past three seasons, the Patriots have increased their win total: nine to 12 to 16 to 18.