CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern men's basketball has signed three players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Barclay Radebaugh announced on Thursday. Travis Anderson, Sadarius Bowser and Duncan LeXander will enroll at CSU and join the Bucs for the 2018-19 campaign.
Anderson will step into CSU's backcourt, while Bowser and LeXander will add size and athleticism to the Bucs' frontcourt. Radebaugh is looking forward to coaching the trio in the years ahead.
"Our CSU family got better today," Radebaugh said. "This group will bring a lot to our program, both on the floor and off. We are really excited about the opportunity to coach them and see them grow as players and people throughout their college careers."
Anderson hails from Loganville, Georgia, and is a dynamic point guard with excellent scoring ability. He was the second-leading scorer in Gwinnett County as a junior last season, averaging 21.4 points per game. He also averaged four rebounds, four assists and better than two steals per contest.
Bowser, who will come to CSU from the upstate of South Carolina, helped lead Gaffney High School to 21 wins and a semifinal appearance in the state playoffs last year. He complements excellent size with the ability to run the floor, making him an ideal fit for CSU's style of play.
LeXander is a versatile forward entering his second season at Williston Northampton, a Massachusetts prep school with an excellent basketball program. Before enrolling at Williston, LeXander played at Wilson High School in Florence, S.C. He is a strong outside shooter that could make an impact for the Bucs' as a 'stretch four.'
"Recruiting is such a competitive part of our program," Radebaugh said. "We recruit 365 days a year. I love recruiting with our staff. Ahmad (Smith), Rick (Duckett), Tee (Butters), Eric (Wagenlander), Dylan (Thompson), Stephen (Gossard) and Hanan (Sokol) all helped in some fashion during the recruiting process. The work ethic, enthusiasm, unselfishness and excellence of these coaches is amazing. It takes a strong and committed staff to put together a recruiting class as good as this group. I am very thankful for their effort and drive."
2017 Charleston Southern Men's Basketball Signees
Guard – 6-0, 175 – Loganville, Ga. – Grayson High School
Coach Radebaugh on Anderson: "We are thrilled about the addition of Travis. We have a long history of recruiting guards that can really shoot the ball and Travis shoots the ball at a very high level. After seeing Travis play this summer, we made him a top priority. Travis had a tremendous junior season at the highest level in Georgia. He has been extremely well-coached at Grayson by Geoffrey Pierce. Travis also has that edge about him that we like. He has a strong confidence and a deep passion for winning. He led Grayson to the 7A Final Four last season. Travis has strong character and will be a perfect fit for our program."
Geoffrey Pierce (Grayson head coach) on Anderson: "Travis truly embodies the term student-athlete. He makes good grades and stays out of trouble. I'd even be comfortable with him watching my child, which says a lot about his maturity as a teenager. When the lights come on, our coaching staff never has to worry about if he is going to play hard and he never plays scared. I'm looking forward to watching his development as one of the leaders of the team and as a young man during his senior year."
Center – 6-9, 220 – Gaffney, S.C. – Gaffney High School
Coach Radebaugh on Bowser: "We are so excited to add Sadarius to our basketball family. Sadarius is a mobile 6'9" center with an upside that is tremendous. Sadarius can really run, has great hands and loves to compete. He can score with his back to the basket and has the ability to step to 15 feet. His size and athleticism will be a nice fit to our style of play. I was so impressed with Sadarius during the recruiting process. He has a refreshing attitude and honesty. Sadarius plays for Mike Huff at Gaffney. Playing for Coach Huff will mean that Sadarius will be extremely well prepared for college basketball."
Mark Huff (Gaffney head coach) on Bowser: "Sadarius is a fine young man with great upside. I believe his best basketball is still ahead of him. He runs the floor well and is an excellent rebounder and shot blocker."
Forward – 6-8, 205 – Davidson, N.C. – Williston Northampton School
Coach Radebaugh on LeXander: "Adding a talent like Duncan is a win for our program. Our offense flows best when we have forwards that can really shoot the ball. Duncan is a 6'8" forward that is supremely skilled on the offensive end. His ability to handle the ball, pass and shoot, combined with his size, is very hard to find and recruit. Duncan was highly recruited. Like Travis and Sadarius, Duncan loves to compete and has a passion and history of winning. His experience at Williston with coach Ben Farmer will be a tremendous benefit to us. Duncan has strong character and is a tremendous student."
Ben Farmer (Williston Northampton head coach) on LeXander: "Duncan set the bar very high for our basketball program here at Williston. His versatility on the basketball court will serve him well at the next level. His shot-making ability and being able to defend multiple positions is what separates him. Duncan's approach in the classroom, on the court and in the community was remarkable. He set a great example for everyone around him. I am very proud of everything he has accomplished and am looking forward to following his career at Charleston Southern. They are getting a good one! We will miss him dearly but wish him nothing but the best."