Thompson announces spring signing class on Wednesday
SAN ANTONIO — UTSA head men’s basketball coach Brooks Thompson announced Wednesday that he has signed George Matthews (Phoenix, Ariz./St. Mary’s HS/Westwind Prep/Utah) to a grant-in-aid and Triton “Tank” Mayberry (Corpus Christi, Texas/John Paul II HS/Navarro College), Edrico McGregor (Nassau, Bahamas/Sweeting HS/North Idaho College) and Hyjii Thomas (Houston, Texas/Washington HS/Navarro College) to National Letters of Intent.
The foursome and Fall 2011 signee Lucas O’Brien (Chandler, Ariz./Perry HS) will join the Roadrunners for the 2012-13 season.
“We’re very excited about this class,” Thompson said. “With our move into the WAC this season and then Conference USA in 2013, we needed to address our size and athleticism. I feel like we did both with our three front line guys and the two guards. We’re really looking forward to having these guys in our program.”
Below are bios of the signing class.
6-5 · 220 · Guard · So.-TR · Phoenix, Ariz. (St. Mary’s HS/Westwind Prep/Utah)
Will sit out the 2012-13 season per NCAA transfer rules … appeared in 16 games as a freshman at Utah in 2011-12 before suffering a season-ending foot injury … posted nine points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and a pair of steals for the Utes … averaged 18 points and eight rebounds per game to help lead Westwind Prep Academy in Phoenix, Ariz., to a 19-9 record in 2010-11 … named to the MCC Holiday All-Tournament Team … four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at St. Mary’s High School … helped lead the Knights to the Arizona Interscholastic League Final Four all four years … averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds as a senior to help St. Mary’s, which also produced NBA players Jerryd Bayless and Channing Frye, to a 21-10 record and the state semifinals … first-team all-state and all-conference performer in 2009-10 … as a junior, led the Knights to a 30-2 mark and the 2009 state title … tallied more than 1,500 career points during his prep career … McDonald’s All-America nominee who was MVP of the 2009 Arizona Preps Fall Showcase and invited to participate in the 2008 and ’09 Reebok U All-American Camp … an AAU teammate of current UTSA junior Jordan Sims for the Arizona Magic under head coach Anthony Ray.
Triton “Tank” Mayberry
6-10 · 280 · Center · So.-TR · Corpus Christi, Texas (John Paul II HS/Navarro College)
Appeared in 23 games for Navarro College as a redshirt freshman in 2011-12 … tallied 43 points (1.9 ppg), 52 rebounds (2.3 rpg) and six blocks … shot 75 percent (9-12) at the free-throw line … helped the Bulldogs to a 25-11 record, the Region XIV Tournament Championship and an NJCAA Tournament appearance … redshirted his true freshman season at Navarro in 2010-11 … averaged 16 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior to help lead Corpus Christi John Paul II High School to the TAPPS State Semifinals as a senior in 2010.
6-8 · 240 · Forward · Jr.-TR · Nassau, Bahamas (Sweeting HS/North Idaho College)
Averaged 7.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, shot 59.6 percent (81-136) from the floor as a sophomore for head coach Jared Phay at North Idaho College … also registered 17 blocks and 10 steals to help the Cardinals to a 24-8 record and the Region XVIII Championship Game … North Idaho College Academic Honor Roll member … played his freshman season at Meridian (Miss.) Community College after redshirting in 2008-09 … played in the Tournament of the Americas with the U18 Bahamas team.
6-3 · 175 · Guard · Jr.-TR · Houston, Texas (Washington HS/Navarro College)
Played in 25 games as a sophomore at Navarro College … averaged 8.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game for the Bulldogs … helped Navarro to a 25-11 record, the Region XIV Tournament Championship and an NJCAA Tournament appearance … was named 2012 Region XIV Tournament MVP … averaged 18 points per game as a senior for head coach Vincent Grayson at Washington High School in Houston … earned All-District 22-4A, All-Region III-4A and Class 4A All-State honors in 2009-10… netted 41 points to help the Eagles upset No. 7 Houston Wheatley, 105-104, in 2010 … led Washington to the playoffs in both his junior and senior campaigns … also a standout player on the Houston Hoops AAU squad.
2011-12 UTSA Men’s Basketball Signees
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Yr.-Exp.||Hometown (High School/Previous School)|
|George Matthews *
||G||6-5||220||So.-TR||Phoenix, Ariz. (St. Mary’s HS/Westwind Prep/Utah)|
|Triton “Tank” Mayberry
||C||6-10||280||So.-TR||Corpus Christi, Texas (John Paul II HS/Navarro College)|
|Edrico McGregor||F||6-8||240||Jr.-TR||Nassau, Bahamas (Sweeting HS/North Idaho College)|
|Lucas O’Brien ^
||C||6-10||220||Fr.-HS||Chandler, Ariz. (Perry HS)|
|Hyjii Thomas||G||6-3||175||Jr.-TR||Houston, Texas (Washington HS/Navarro College)|