Tigers sign four additional players

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Tiger basketball head coach Dennis Nutt and assistant coach Logan Johnson have announced the signing of four more student-athletes to play for the Tigers next season.

Tirrell Brown is a 6-foot-5-inch, 235 pound forward from Jacksonville. Brown attended Jacksonville High School, where he was an All-State selection in 2011 and 2012. After his senior season, Brown signed to play basketball at the University of Central Arkansas.

Jordan Corbitt is a 6-foot-1-inch guard from Frisco, Texas. Corbitt played his high school ball at Heritage High School in Frisco, where he was an All-District selection. During his senior season, Corbitt averaged 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals per game.

Justin McCleary is a 6-foot-2-inch guard from Jacksonville. McCleary attended Jacksonville High School, where he played alongside Ouachita signee Tirrell Brown. McCleary was an All-Conference and All-State selection during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He averaged 15 points per game as a junior and 20 points per game as a senior. During McCleary’s senior season, he led Jacksonville High to a state title and was selected as the State Tournament Most Valuable Player.

Jontavis Willis is a 6-foot-2-inch guard from Strong. Willis played high school basketball at Norphlet High School in Norphlet. During his senior season, Willis averaged 27 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per game.


A-State adds assistant coach

JONESBORO — Arkansas State head volleyball coach David Rehr announced Tuesday that Tristan Johnson will be joining the Red Wolves as an assistant coach for the upcoming season.

Johnson comes to Arkansas State after spending the last two seasons as a student assistant at the University of Alabama, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing. His duties as a coach included assisting with drills, pregame warm-up, and scouting with the stat program. Additionally, he spent part of this past summer as an intern with the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams. His main responsibilities included practice video coordination for both squads.

Before going to Alabama, Johnson was a student assistant at Blinn College under Rehr and had a number of responsibilities including being the technology coordinator, handling stats, scouting, recruiting, and practice duties. He was part of the staff when Blinn registered a 38-0 record and National Junior College Athletic Association Division I National Championship in 2011. He served as the interim head coach at Blinn early in 2012 when he ran the offseason program and recruited.

In addition to his college experience, Johnson was the head coach of the Xcel Volleyball Club 13s in 2011 and Xcel Volleyball Club 18s in 2012. He has worked in several college camps, including ones at Alabama, Texas A&M and Arkansas State.

The Arkansas State volleyball squad opens its season at the George Washington Invitational Aug. 29 with a 9 a.m. matchup against George Washington University.


Caruthers earns FCS preseason All-American honor

CONWAY — University of Central Arkansas offensive lineman Cole Caruthers has been named a preseason first-team FCS All-American by College Sports Madness. The organization has also slotted the Bears at No. 33 in its preseason FCS Poll.

Caruthers, a senior tackle from Sugar Land, Texas, was a second-team All-Southland Conference selection last fall after helping the Bears’ offense average 452.9 yards per game. Caruthers is a two-time All-SLC selection and one of 17 seniors on the UCA squad heading into the 2014 season.

The Bears, who were 7-5 and tied for third in the SLC last season, were 33rd in the CSM preseason poll. Under new head coach Steve Campbell, UCA opens the 2014 season on Aug. 30 at FBC Texas Tech.