JSU basketball adds a transfer

JSU basketball adds a transfer

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From JSU Sports Information:

Jacksonville State men's basketball head coach James Green has added junior college guard JaQuail Townser to his 2014-15 roster, he announced earlier this week.

Townser, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound point guard from Alton, Illinois, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Gamecocks after two seasons at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.

"JaQuail is a very good student, in the classroom and on the court," Green said of his latest signee. "His commitment to both will help us in all areas, and he truly wants to be the best in all phases. We are excited to have a point guard with his ability and leadership in our program."

He served two seasons as the Blue Storm's point guard under head coach Jay Harrington, leading SWIC to 19 wins as a sophomore and 22 as a freshman. In his sophomore campaign, he earned first team all-region honors after averaging 14.1 points, five assists, two steals and over three rebounds per game.

Townser shot just under 44 percent from the floor and over 37 percent from behind the arc, while converting on 73 percent of his free throws. His assist-to-turnover ratio of almost two and his steals per game average each ranked in the top 10 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference (GRAC).

As a freshman in 2012-13, Townser averaged nine points per game and led the GRAC with 160 assists and 61 steals. He shot 43 percent from the floor and 79 percent from the charity stripe in his first season with the Blue Storm.

He played his prep career for head coach Will Gordon at Alton High School, where he guided the Redbirds to a regional title as a senior in 2010-11.

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