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HSU Basketball Adds Four

Henderson State men's basketball head coach Doug Nichols announced the addition of four players to his roster increasing the number of newcomers to the Reddie program to seven.
ARKADELPHIA, AR - Henderson State men's basketball head coach Doug Nichols announced the addition of four players to his roster increasing the number of newcomers to the Reddie program to seven.

“I think this class puts us where we have worked to be for the past two seasons,” said Nichols. “We got a lot bigger with the addition of Reggie Murphy and Alioune Mboup, and added a couple pure point guards in Aaron Harwell and Ryan Yates to help get them the ball.”

Mboup (6-9 forward/center) transfers from Cloud County Community College where he averaged 5 points, 6.5 rebounds and almost 2 blocks per game.

Mboup graduated with a 3.6 grade point average and chose Henderson State over Gardner Webb (NCAA D2), Montana State (NCAA D1), Seattle (NCAA D1), and Missouri Western (NCAA D2). 

“Alioune has over a 7 foot wingspan and will immediately give us the length that we have lacked the past two seasons,” said Nichols. “He is incredibly strong, has a long rebounding range, and is capable of challenging every shot in the paint. I can’t wait to see how much further he progresses in the next two years at Henderson State.”

Murphy (6-9, forward) comes to Henderson State from Antelope Valley Community College where he averaged 8 points and 8 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Murphy was a 3-star prospect coming out of high school. 

Murphy committed to Washington State before going the junior college route. After finishing his course work at Antelope Valley, he committed to play for Coach Jim Christian at TCU. Christian, however, left for Ohio University and Murphy decided to leave TCU. 

“At 6-9 and 270 pounds, Reggie has the ability to be one of the best post players in our region,” Nichols said. “He has a rare mix of size and mobility that will be a challenge for our opponents to match up with, and he can really step out and shoot it as well.”

Harwell (5-11, point guard) averaged 18 minutes a game in two years as a reserve guard at Sam Houston. The Elkins High School product averaged 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Sam Houston finished fourth in the Southland Conference last season. 

Harwell spent his freshman year at Centenary where he averaged 5 points and led the Summit Conference in steals with 1.7 per game.

“Not only is Aaron a Dean’s List caliber student who will graduate on time, but that effort shows on the court with his defensive tenacity,” Nichols said. “We recruited Aaron to be this team’s heart, and he is embracing that challenge. He will be a tremendous defensive leader for us. Coach Jason Hooten (Sam Houston State) and Coach Adam Walsh (Centenary) are great basketball minds and we expect Aaron to contend for our starting point guard spot immediately.”

Yates (5-11, Point guard) started every game of his two year career at point guard for Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee. The Jackson, Tenn. native averaged 5.1 points, 3.2 assists, and 1.3 steals per game with a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio.

“Ryan brings a great deal of maturity and leadership,” said Nichols. “He is a tough, defensive minded player who has the ability to get to the paint and create for others at will. He is incredibly quick and has an innate ability to stay in front of his man defensively. If he can come in and prove that he can hit the open jumper, he will be right in the mix for minutes.”

Last season, Yates connected on 47 percent shorts from the floor including 33 percent from 3-point range and 71 percent from the foul line. 

“I think all four players fit great with what we have coming back, and it will be fun to begin piecing it all together in a few weeks,” Nichols added. “We will have great depth inside with five guys at 6-8 or bigger to go with some guys that can really shoot the basketball.”
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