Catamounts add a pair of guards from Virginia
Potomac State Men's Basketball Coach Justin Anderson has added a pair of key players to firm up his backcourt for the 2013-2014 season.
Rarely does a Junior College outside the state of Virginia land two players from within the Commonwealth, but that's what Anderson did by inking Patrick Henry-Roanoke point guard Marcus Banks and Deep Creek shooting guard Jaron Burnell.
The diminutive-sized Banks, who checks in at about 5-foot-6, was an Honorable Mention All-State selection by VirginiaPreps.com for two straight years and earned Western Valley District Player of the Year honors as a junior.
A four-year varsity performer, Banks led the Patriots to an 11-0 start this past season on his way to averaging 20.2 points and 3.1 assists per game. Over the past two years, he knocked down 153 three-pointers and graduates as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1511 career points.
Burnell wasn't on the recruiting radar to play basketball by very many going into his senior season, but did quite a bit with the Hornets in his final season to raise his stock. In fact, he finished fourth in the Player of the Year voting in the Southeastern District.
At 6-foot-3, Burnell has prototypical size to play the shooting guard position in college. He was Deep Creek's leading scorer this past season at 15.5 points per game and also chipped in around eight rebounds a contest.
Anderson commented on the new pair of Catamounts, " Marcus Banks and Jaron Burnell both come from highly respected programs in the state of Virginia. These new student-athletes among the other recruits we've added will help increase our speed and shooting ability. As well as leadership and point guard experience."