SLU hoops adds four to 2019 signing class

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HAMMOND, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana men’s basketball team added four signees to the 2019-20 roster including LaQuan Butler, Max Brackmann, Avery Wilson and Maxim Romanov, first-year SLU men’s head coach basketball David Kiefer announced Friday.

The group will join the Lions (17-16, 12-6 in the Southland in 2018-19) this fall as SLU looks to build on last year’s semifinal appearance in the Southland Conference Tournament.

Butler (5-11, 170, Guard), a sophomore, is a transfer from Chipola Junior College. The Lancaster, Texas native, shot 36 percent (24-for-66) from the three-point line and 82 percent (36-for-44) for Chipola as a freshman.

“LaQuan was the first guy that I signed when I got the job, said Kiefer. “He committed to me the day that I was hired and that means a lot. I watched him grow tremendously this year at Chipola. He played for one of the best junior colleges in the country that won 27 games. He was a qualifier coming out of high school so he only had to do one year there and will have three years to compete at Division I level for us. He is an extremely quick and very skilled point guard. On offense he is a play maker. He can get others involved and he can score off the ball himself. The thing that really stuck out most to me about LaQuan was is his ability to pressure the basketball. The past few years with we have really done a good job with pressuring other team’s point guards. I expect LaQuan to come in and not miss a beat and do the same thing. When he understands how Division I basketball works and understands what I want from him, I expect him to be one of the better point guards in the league.”

Wilson (6-4, 220, G), a junior, comes to the Lions by way of Forest Park, Georgia. The Boston College transfer averaged 27.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game as a senior in high school before signing with the Eagles.

“Avery is one of those guys that will be extremely successful in our league,” said Kiefer. “He is a do-it-all player that has great size and strength. He is coming in from an ACC school and has played at the highest level of competition in college. He will sit out for us this year and get acclimated to how we do things. Sitting out a year will be very good for him. He is still only 19 years old and has a lot of basketball in front of him. I expect him to play all different types of positions while he is here. At his size, he should create a lot of mismatches on the floor being able to play inside and out.”

Brackman (7-0, 225, C), a freshman, played professionally in Germany last season for BBG Herford. The Lohne, Germany native, will provide the Lions with some depth in the post with the departure of graduated senior forwards Moses Greenwood and Keith Charleston.

“Really excited about this guy,” said Kiefer. “Since I have been here we have been unsuccessful in signing a guy with Max’s size. We either missed on them or they just couldn’t really move the way I wanted them to. Max can run the floor and he is in great shape and very strong. With him being from Germany, the game is going to be a major adjustment for him. But he is an extremely hard worker and a very tough kid. He is just an incoming freshman and may lead the country in fouls his first year but in four years I expect Max to be one of the hardest bigs to deal with in the league.”

Romanov (6-6, 200, G/F), a native of Nahariyya, Israel, played for the Impact Basketball Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada, last season. The freshman brings the ability to shoot the three-pointer and handle the ball.

“I really like what I’ve seen on him,” said Kiefer. “He can do a lot of things and has a lot of versatility. I think he puts a stamp on a recruiting class that I think has a chance to be really good.”

SLU also signed Nic Caldwell (6-7, 185, G/F, Geismar, Louisiana – Dutchtown HS), Isiah Kirby (6-3, 180, G, Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Cypress Bay HS) and Byron Smith (6-2, 165, G, Gainesville, Florida – P.K. Yonge HS) in November to round out the seven-man recruiting class.

The Lions will open pre-season practice October 7 in preparation for the season which begins the first week in November. Full schedule will be released at a later date.

HARDWOOD CLUB/S CLUB
Fans interested in becoming active supporters of the basketball program are encouraged to join the Hardwood Club. Lion alums are encouraged to join the exclusive S Club, which is restricted to Southeastern athletic letterwinners. All membership fees and donations to Hardwood Club are available for the exclusive use of the Southeastern basketball program. Membership information is available by contacting the Lion Athletics Association at laa@southeastern.edu or (985) 549-5091 or visiting www.LionUp.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA
For more information on Southeastern Basketball, follow @SLU_Hoops and @CoachLadner on Twitter, like /SLUathletics on Facebook and subscribe to the SLUathletics YouTube channel.

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HARDWOOD CLUB/S CLUB
Fans interested in becoming active supporters of the basketball program are encouraged to join the Hardwood Club. Lion alums are encouraged to join the exclusive S Club, which is restricted to Southeastern athletic letterwinners. All membership fees and donations to Hardwood Club are available for the exclusive use of the Southeastern basketball program. Membership information is available by contacting the Lion Athletics Association at laa@southeastern.edu or (985) 549-5091 or visiting www.LionUp.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA
For more information on Southeastern Basketball, follow @SLU_Hoops and @CoachLadner on Twitter, like /SLUathletics on Facebook and subscribe to the SLUathletics YouTube channel.

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