Primm Announces New Signings for Men's Basketball

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Coming off a season that saw the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball program win 12 games including eight games within the always-competitive NCAA South Region, the team is gearing up for what they hope to be another solid campaign in 2011-12. Head coach Terry Primm and his staff recently announced the addition of seven new players to the roster for the upcoming season.

 Carter McMasters, Alan Hardy Jr., Marcus Hardy, John Hawkins, Johnny Lantz, Mac Walden, and Collin Lynch will all join the Sailfish roster this fall as the team returns several players who contributed valuable minutes last season.

“We feel that this class addresses our immediate needs and puts us in a great position for the future”, said Primm.

“Our main goal with this class was to add size and depth to our front line and we have done that with Carter, John, and Marcus.  We are very excited about this class.”

McMasters is a 6’11” center who is transferring to PBA after spending three years at NCAA Division I Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee and a graduate of Grace Baptist Academy, McMasters originally chose Liberty over Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Clemson. He was ranked in the top 50 players in the nation at the center position in 2008 by ESPN.com.

After incurring an injury that cost him his freshman season, McMasters put together his best year at Liberty as a redshirt freshman in 2009-2010 when he averaged four points and three rebounds per game while playing 17 minutes per contest.

Coach Primm on McMasters: “Carter is going to be a huge addition to our program. With his size and shooting ability he will be challenge for opposing coaches to try to defend. Not only will Carter be an important piece of our system on the court but he will also be a valuable member of our team and of the university off the court.”

McMasters will have two years of eligibility remaining at PBA.

The second and third additions to the PBA roster are brothers Alan Hardy Jr. and Marcus Hardy. Alan is a 6’5” wing who comes to PBA after two successful years at Macomb Community College in Michigan. This past season Hardy averaged 20 points per game, good enough for second in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association and 23rd in the nation. 

Alan’s “little” brother Marcus is a 6’7” forward from Clarkston High School in Clarkston Michigan. Marcus averaged 15 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and four blocks per game as a senior under head coach Dan Fife.

“Alan and Marcus are two fantastic young men that we are excited to have in our program. They are both long and will have an immediate impact on the defensive end of the floor. Alan is a slasher who possesses the ability to score around the basket. Marcus brings a good shooting touch and as his strength develops, he will be a really good player on this level,” continued Primm.

The fourth member of the Sailfish recruiting class is 6’11” center John Hawkins. A native of Troy, Michigan, Hawkins comes to PBA after spending a post-grad year at Loomis Chaffe in Windsor, Connecticut playing for Coach Jim Dargati.

“John is a young man who has an opportunity to make an immediate impact as a freshman with his size, rebounding, and shot-altering ability. Should John continue to develop at the rate that he currently is his potential is unlimited,” said Primm.
Adding to the list of new Sailfish is 6’3” guard Johnny Lantz. A 2010 graduate of Berean Christian in West Palm Beach, Lantz spent his freshman year at Ave Maria University.

“Johnny is a young man that is an asset to any program. He comes from a strong Christian family and will compete every day. His shooting ability will be a valuable asset to our program,” said Primm.
Also joining the Sailfish roster this year is Mac Walden. Walden is a 6’2” guard from Louisville, Kentucky.

“Mac is another young man who comes from a great family. He has been raised to compete and he will push our veterans every day. Mac has a good shooting touch both from deep and in the midrange. Players who can make shots are always beneficial to a program,” said Primm.

The final addition to the roster is Collin Lynch. Lynch is a 6’3” guard from Roncalli High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lynch is a knockdown shooter who can stretch the floor and forces a defense to account for him the minute he steps in the gym. 

“Collin is one of the best shooters I have seen in the program. He can make open and contested 3’s and should contribute next year as a freshman.  Having a shooter like Collin on the floor will open up the offense and force opposing defenses into mistakes.”
The Sailfish will open the season in early November and will host Rollins College in their first home game November 11th.

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