USA basketball signs 3 players


MOBILE, Ala. - University of South Alabama men's basketball head coach Matthew Graves has announced that three student-athletes have signed to join the program for the 2016-17 season.

The signees are Jordan Andrews, Herb McGee and John Pettway.

Andrews is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who spent the 2015-16 season at Youngstown State. The LaPlace, La. native will sit out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will have three years of eligibility remaining.

McGee, a Kenner, La. product and former high-school teammate of Andrews' at Riverside Academy, is a 6-foot-2 combo guard, and Pettway is a 6-foot-2 combo guard from Keith High School in Orrville, Ala.

The trio join Dothan, Ala. native Kevin Morris to complete the 2016 signing class.

"I'm extremely excited about our 2016 recruiting class," Graves said. "I feel like we've addressed a lot of our needs. Kevin Morris, who we signed in November, brings a post presence and physicality, and Herb McGee and John Pettway are two very dynamic guards who have versatility on both offense and defense with a lot of athleticism. With Jordan, we've addressed a need in our ability to shoot the ball from the 3-point line consistently.

"These four epitomize what we are looking for in a student-athlete at South Alabama."

Andrews was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team after averaging 7.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. He broke the school's freshman 3-point record with 50, converting 36.8 percent of his shots from distance. Andrews started every game of the 2016 calendar year and averaged 9.5 points, while putting up 35 of his 50 3-pointers during that stretch, including six - in seven attempts - at Green Bay.

As a prep, Andrews started four seasons at Riverside where he led the Rebels to three straight state titles. He was named the state tournament's most valuable player in 2014-15, and averaged 15.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest his final season.

Andrews was voted all-metro, all-parish and all-district for the second straight season as a junior after posting 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals per outing.

"Jordan was a young man that we recruited out of high school but didn't have a scholarship for him at the time," Graves said. "We really loved his ability to stretch the defense. He plays with a great amount of toughness and grit, and we're looking forward to having him develop in his redshirt year, and work on his strength and ball-handling. He can stretch the floor and shoot the basketball at a very high level."

McGee, who turned down scholarship offers in football from SEC and AAC schools, is a three-time all-state performer, and the 2015 | The Times-Picayune Small Schools Player of the Year and Class 2A Player of the Year. He led Riverside Academy to three straight state championships and a runner-up finish. Combined, McGee played in six state title games - five in basketball and one in football.

The Times-Picayune named him to its All-Metro Small Boys team for the third year in a row, while The Advocate tabbed him second team all-state and All-District 12-2A after averaging 17 points per game.

McGee's state player-of-the-year honors came on the heels of a junior season where he compiled 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.6 steals per contest.

"Herb is a very versatile guard and can play both the point and off-guard positions with his size," Graves noted. "He's an extremely good passer and can make 3s. He's a high-IQ guy that's planning on going into pre-med. We're really excited about the potential that he brings to the Jaguar family."

Pettway averaged 23.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game as a senior in leading KHS to a state semifinal appearance. The Alabama Sports Writers Association named him to their all-state first team and a finalist for the 1A Player of the Year award, while tabbed him to its Super All-State Boys Basketball Second Team

He scored 34 points in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the state tournament, earning him a spot on the AHSAA State Finals All-Tournament Team.

Pettway started in the Alabama vs Mississippi All-Star Game and was voted the Dallas County Player of the Year by the Selma Times-Journal.

"John will be one of the most athletic guards we've had in my time here," Graves said. "His ability to get the ball in the paint and play at or above the rim is extremely impressive. In the classroom, he'll be majoring in engineering, which, to me, is very impressive. As his skills continue to grow, he has an outstanding