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Patriot Hoopsters sign Motley Crew

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University men’s basketball coach Gary Edwards has announced the addition of four transfers from Motlow State Community College: 6-4 forward Maurice Grant of Marion, 6-4 forward Darryn Frazier of Meridianville, Ala., 5-11 guard Derek Hosey of Memphis, Tenn., and 6-6 forward Zamarius McLendon of Clarksville, Tenn. All four will have two years of eligibility at FMU.

This past season, the quartet helped lead head coach Jerry Nichols’ Bucks squad to a 21-7 record, the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association regular-season championship, and a spot in the NJCAA Region VII Tournament title game. Both Frazier and McLendon earned first-team All-Conference honors.

Grant averaged 6.2 points, 4.9 assists, 1.3 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. He connected on 49.7 percent of his field goal attempts. Frazier contributed 14.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per contest; shot 47.3 percent from the field, including 38 percent from beyond the three-point arc; and drained 89.8 percent of his free throws – second-best in school history. 

Hosey chipped in 2.3 points and 2.1 assists per game with nearly twice as many assists as turnovers. McLendon averaged a double-double with 13.9 ppg and 10.3 rpg, while shooting 60.7 percent from the floor.

As freshmen, the group helped Motlow to a 16-9 mark, with Frazier averaging 14.2 ppg, McLendon 10.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg, Grant 4.6 ppg, and Hosey 2.0 ppg.

McLendon ended his Motlow career fifth on the all-time rebounding list with 421, while Frazier finished as the school’s second-best free throw shooter (87.8%). He is also fourth in team history with 95 three-point buckets.

Grant attended both Marion High School and Marion Christian School, before enrolling at Sound Doctrine Prep School in Georgia. Frazier is a product of Brooksville Central High School in Florida, while Hosey hails from Bishop Byrne High School and McLendon from Northwest High School.

Francis Marion posted a 16-11 record this past season, the team’s third consecutive winning season – something that has not happened since the early 1990’s. FMU tied for third in the PBC’s East Division standings.

Edwards previously announced the signing of three high school products: 6-0 guard Clayton Williams of Buford, Ga., and 6-2 guards AJ Caldwell and Cameron Lee, both of Columbia. 

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Last Published: September 2, 2011 2:29 PM
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