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LC State Men’s Basketball Adds Four Transfers to 2023-24 Squad

Alisha Alexander | Assistant Athletic Director-Sports Information

LEWISTON, Idaho – Austin Johnson announced the addition of four transfer student-athletes to the 2023-24 LC State Men’s Basketball roster on Thursday. The group features three junior college athletes and a transfer from NCAA Division II Alaska Anchorage.

“We’re excited about this addition of transfers,” Johnson said. “We have a good young core, but wanted to add some age and experience. We needed to address our depth and ability to shoot the basketball this past offseason. This group makes us deeper and should make us better defensively as well as help us space the floor with their ability to shoot the ball from deep. We’ll need them to be at their best for us to take a step this next year. Looking forward to being on the journey with each one of them.”

 

Lorenzo Marsh – Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach City College

Lorenzo Marsh is a 6-6 junior forward who helped Coach Barry Barnes’s LBCC Vikings to a winning record and an appearance in the CCCAA regional playoffs during his sophomore campaign. He averaged 15.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game on the season along with an impressive 53 offensive rebounds. Marsh excelled as a shooter making 67 3-pointers in 29 games at a 37% clip. He was voted First-Team All-South Coast Conference for his efforts.

 

“Lorenzo has proven to be a high-level shooter from the forward spot which immediately caught our eye,” Johnson said. “He has a super quick release and can shoot with range which should help us space the floor and allow for more post up and driving opportunities. We also really liked his ability to crash the offensive glass and be a threat in that area. He has great length and still has room to grow strength wise. We are excited to see how he develops and expect him to be a versatile, high motor competitor.”

 

Gorden Boykins – Long Beach, Calif./Cerritos College

A 6-2 junior guard, Gorden Boykins wrapped up a productive and efficient sophomore season for Coach Russ May and the 19-win Cerritos Falcons. Cerritos lost in the CCCAA regional playoffs in double overtime, despite the 20-point, six-rebound, four-assist performance from Boykins. On the year he averaged nine points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, all while shooting an eye-popping 58% from the floor. Boykins was recognized as an All-South Coast Conference selection.

 

“Really excited about Gorden’s versatility on and off the ball,” Johnson said. “I think his pace and ability to get paint touches will really help us this year along with having some more shooters to space the floor. He isn’t the tallest guy but he gets a lot done and stuffs the stat sheet. Arguably the greatest assets Gorden brings are high self-awareness as a player and a positive, infectious willingness to connect with others. That’s important for our program and I believe that connection will help us both on and off the court.”

 

Jaedon Bradley – Aroura, Colo./Alaska Anchorage

Bradley is 6-5 senior forward from NCAA DII University of Alaska Anchorage. This past season he averaged 8.5 points per game and shot over 40% from the 3-point line with 28 makes. Prior to his time at UAA he was a standout at Laramie Community College in the NJCAA. On his sophomore year he averaged 17 points and 5.5 rebounds per game with 64 made 3-pointers at more than 37%.

 

“Jaedon comes to LC in his final year with a lot of experience,” Johnson said. “We’re excited about his ability to space the floor and also attack the rim. I think he has the ability to be a high-level scorer which he has shown at different stops on his basketball journey. Although he has played a lot of college basketball, I’m confident his best and most confident basketball is still ahead of him here at LC. We’re looking forward to him taking on more responsibility as a competitor and are eager to see how he responds to all that comes with it.”

 

Javon Jones – Pasadena, Calif./Fullerton College

Few junior college players in the country are coming off of a finish that Jones, a 6-4 wing, and his Fullerton College teammates experienced. The Hornets finished the year on a 25-game win streak culminating with a CCCAA State Championship. They finished with an overall record of 32-1. Despite coming off the bench in most contests, Jones earned such respect from league opponents that he was named First-Team All-Orange Empire Conference. Jones’ versatile game led him to averages of 8.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. He made 36 3-pointers at 38% along with a positive assist/turnover ratio.

 

“Javon has shown the ability to hit big shots in big games,” Johnson said. “We’ve been fortunate to have other Fullerton College players on our roster and each of them brings a humble, winning edge along with a background of being coached well by Perry Webster. Javon was a champion this year and has an innate desire to see others succeed in big moments and we’re excited to see that continue at LC. We expect him to really boost our defensive ability as well as be a steady presence offensively with his ability to shoot.”