Men’s basketball draws three with division I Experience

RIO GRANDE DAL – University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Men’s Basketball Head Coach Matt Figger began the spring signing period with the additions of 6-5 guard Sherman Brashearand Western Kentucky transfer, 6-7 guard / attacker CJ Jacksonwho previously played at UMass, and 6-10 forward Dima Zdora Grand Canyon transfer, which has also previously played in Weber State, for the 2022-23 season.

“I’m excited to add three guys who have all played Division I basketball,” Figger said. “They know what it’s like and their experience will be invaluable to our team.”

Brashear joins UTRGV with three seasons left of eligibility after averaging 3.7 points on 39.4% shooting and 1.5 rebounds in 23 games (three starts), while averaging 10.0 minutes per game. match. Brashear reached double figures in scoring three times, including career-high 20 points with six rebounds, two assists and a steals against Rhodes on 30 November. He followed that up by starting against Eastern Kentucky, where he scored 13 points with seven rebounds and two steals. He also scored 18 points while draining a career-high four 3-pointers against Alabama A&M on Nov. 24.

Brashear started his collegiate career at Panola in 2020-21 with an average of 11.0 points and 6.2 rebounds, while shooting 36.4% behind the arc. He scored a season-high 24 points against Lamar State College and made six 3-pointers. Brashear was named MVP for the JA48 junior college event in June 2021 after averaging 23 points per game. match and shot 47.6% from long range.

Originally from Rockwall, Brashear earned 11-6A First Team All-District honors as a senior at Rockwall High School.

“Sherman is a tough competitor and a very good perimeter shooter,” Figger said. “He is a competitor who has significant experience in both Conference USA and junior college. We are looking for him to improve our perimeter shooting and our toughness on the perimeter.”

Jackson joins UTRGV from Georgia Highlands College with two seasons left of eligibility. In the most recent season, Jackson averaged 13.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals, while shooting 50% from the field and 33.6% behind the arc in 32 games (nine starts).

Jackson played the 2020-21 season at Florida Southwestern Junior College with an average of 5.3 points and 1.9, while shooting 45.2% from the field in 22 games (three starts).

As a rookie in 2019-20, Jackson saw action in 15 games (one start) for UMass. His best match was against Maine on December 20, where he scored 10 points in his career with three steals in his career in 24 minutes.

Jackson played a preseason season at Athens Prep in 2018-19, scoring 23 points with eight rebounds against Saint Louis Christian to achieve MVP honors and losing 24 points at Hamilton Heights.

Originally from Atlanta, Jackson averaged over 15 points and more than four rebounds per game as a senior at Greenforest High School in Decatur, Ga. in 2017-18. He recorded six 20-plus point games with four double-doubles that year.

“He’s a kind of utility player on the edge,” Figger said. “He’s a tall, athletic guy who can play multiple positions. CJ should help us with experience and perimeter depth and be able to protect more guys on the floor. Between him and Sherman, we add a lot of length to the perimeter.”

Zdor joins UTRGV for his final season after playing his last two seasons in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) opponent Grand Canyon and the previous two in Weber State.

Last season, Zdor averaged 2.4 points and 3.0 rebounds, while shooting 55.6% from the floor in 28 games (two starts) and averaging 11.4 minutes per game. match. He scored a season-high 10 points against Chicago State in the WAC opening and snatched 11 rebounds (10 offensive) in an early season game against Life Pacific.

Zdor saw action in 13 matches in 2020-21, averaging 4.6 minutes per game. His best game came on Dec. 1, when he scored seven points with seven rebounds in 12 minutes against Mississippi Valley State.

As a sophomore at Weber State in 2019-20, Zdor finished in sixth place in the Big Sky Conference with 31 blocks. For the season, Zdor averaged 3.9 points and 4.6 rebounds, while shooting 52.2% from the field in 28 games (seven starts). He recorded a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds in 18 minutes against Bethesda on Dec. 17 and snatched career-high 18 rebounds in 25 minutes against Portland State on Feb. 29. Zdor also posted four blocks twice.

As a rookie in 2018-19, Zdor averaged 2.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 5.6 minutes while blocking 11 shots in 28 games (two starts). He reached double digits in scoring twice, including 12 points against Idaho at the end of the season.

Zdor was a three-star recruit from Saint James School in Hagerstown, Maryland. As a senior in 2017-18, he averaged 14 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots per game to lead his team to a state title.

Originally from Yalta, which is part of Crimea, Ukraine, Zdor moved to Lithuania to play basketball at the age of 13, before moving to the United States to play basketball in high school and attending schools in Virginia, Florida and Maryland.

Zdor’s story, as it relates to Ukraine, was mentioned in Arizona Republic on February 25 and on GCULopes.com on March 2.

“Dima has played in winning programs in Weber State and the Grand Canyon. He and Sherman have both been part of the winning programs so they understand what victory looks like,” Figger said. “Dima is an ultimate competitor. I recruited him to Austin Peay after high school. With our style of play he will be able to run the floor. He has a fast first step. He will be able to score curves in transition and score on the perimeter. “

Brashear, Jackson and Zdor join the 6-0 guard Adante Holiman and 6-7 forward Isaiah Barganier as part of the recruitment class 2022-23.

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