Pitts announces 2014 recruiting class

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BRISTOL, Tenn. – With the new school year fast approaching, teams are wrapping up the recruiting classes and rounding out their rosters for the upcoming season. King University men's basketball head coach George Pitts and his staff signed three student-athletes, Darerraul Jackson, Derick Pope and Alex Overs who will don the Scarlet and Navy this fall.

"We anticipate that all three of the players that we signed – Miquell (Darerraul) Jackson, Alex Overs, and Derick Pope will have an impact on our team this season," Pitts stated. "They will all bring athleticism, good size, strength, and scoring ability to our team. I am as excited as I have been in my career at King with the make-up of our team."

Jackson, a shooting guard comes to King from Wayne County Community College, in Detroit, Michigan. He led the team to a fifth place finish in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament this past season. This season he averaged 18.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 49.3 percent from three-point range. During his two-year career at Wayne County, Jackson won numerous awards, including being named Michigan Community College Athletic Association Freshman of the Year. He was named first team all-conference, voted to the All-Region team and selected to the all-defense team. After his second season with the Wildcats, Jackson was named to the all-conference, all-tournament, All-Region and all-defense teams. The team captain also eared second team NJCAA All-American honors. At the conclusion of the NJCAA National Tournament, Jackson was awarded the Jack Cistirano, Best Small Man Award, for the best guard competing at the national tournament.

Pope is a 6'5" wing player, who played the past two years at Florida Tech University. In 2013-14, Pope played in 28 games for the Panthers, shooting 38.0 percent from three-point range, and 91.0 percent from the free throw line. Prior to Florida Tech, Pope played his high school basketball at Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia. While there he averaged 13.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game.  Pope is a very athletic player who will be a good fit for King's style of play, and should provide immediate depth and versatility in 2014-15.

Overs is a transfer from NCAA Division I Nicholls State University. The 6'4" point guard, is originally from Sydney, Australia, and came to the states for his senior year of high school at Central Private School (CPS) in Central, Louisiana. During his senior season Overs was a part of a team that won the district championship, and appeared in the regional and state tournaments. He was named to the All-District team while being named the district's Most Valuable Player. He also garnered All-South State and All-State honors while being named to the all-overall team, which recognized the top players in all classes in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools. Following his senior season at CPS, Overs spent one season at Baton Rouge Community College, before transferring to Nicholls State. He will add immediate depth and experience to the Tornado backcourt.

The Tornado are scheduled to open the 2014-15 in Harrogate, Tennessee where they will face Tusculum College on Friday, November 14 before taking on hosts Lincoln Memorial University on Saturday.