James adds a duo to UTM men’s nest
Posted: Friday, April 22, 2011 12:02 am
UTM Sports Information
UT Martin men’s basketball coach Jason James had two new Skyhawks in his nest.
The Skyhawk men’s basketball coach announced the signings of Martez Harris and Travis Daniels recently.
Both players signed with UT Martin in the early fall signing period.
Harris is a two-time All-Region 7 selection, as he averaged 22.7 points per game for head coach Matt Lemon his senior season.
Leading the Redhawks to a 17-12 record last season, Harris is ranked as the No. 4 shooting guard to come out of the basketball-rich state of Kentucky by ESPN.com and was a consensus top-20 player in the state.
“We needed to add some depth to our perimeter and we did that with Martez,” James said. “He is a bona fide scorer – he can put the ball in the basket in a number of different ways. We will benefit from his scoring punch out on the perimeter. More than anything, he brings a work ethic and a competitive fire to every workout, practice and game.
‘I love his toughness — he plays hard all the time and loves to win. This type of attitude is contagious. I look forward to him being very successful at UT Martin as a result of that “won’t lose” attitude. He will be a great asset to our team.”
Daniels comes from the same high school as rising Skyhawk sophomore Terence Smith.
Playing for head coach Michael Smith, Daniels averaged 13.4 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per contest as a senior, leading the Golden Tigers to a 24-10 record.
An all-state honorable mention by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, he helped RHS — a perennial Class 5A powerhouse — win nine of its last 10 games to reach the regional finals.
“Travis is very talented,” James said. “He has a good feel for how to play, he handles the ball well and he can knock down open shots. He fits into our system because he can play inside or outside and we love that versatility.
The Skyhawks saw a vast improvement in James’ second season at the helm last year. UT Martin tripled its win output from two years ago and won its first Ohio Valley Conference Tournament game in Nashville in program history.
The Skyhawks return three of their top five scorers (all sophomores) and seven players overall.