LA Tech Signs Athletic Forward Justin Leon
April 15, 2015
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech head coach Michael White added a key piece to the Bulldog basketball team with the signing of athletic forward Justin Leon on Wednesday afternoon.
Leon stands 6 feet 8 inches tall and will have two years of eligibility after completing two impressive seasons at Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Illinois.
"Justin is an extremely important signee for us for a number of reasons," head coach Michael White said. "His athleticism and versatility, along with his size and toughness make him a great fit athletically. He's a good scorer, rebounder and defender who plays with an uncanny intensity level. In addition, his makeup as an intangible player and teammate make him even more valuable to us.
"He also comes to us from a terrific program at Shawnee. We are ecstatic that Justin chose Louisiana Tech, as he had several other scholarship offers to quality programs. Dusty May, Jordan Mincy, Darris Nichols and our players did an awesome job recruiting Justin."
As a sophomore, he was named Honorable Mention Basketball I All-American after averaging a double-double with 21.5 points (16th most on the country) and 10.0 (20th most in the country) rebounds per game for Shawnee Community College.
Leon ended up being one only four players in Division I NJCAA to rank in the top 20 in points and rebounds. He shot a 50 percent clip from the field while scoring in double figures in all 30 games. In 20 of those games, he poured in 20+ points.
The Conway, Arkansas native, the same hometown as former Bulldog Kenyon McNeail, scored a season-high 31 points twice and registered 16 double-doubles. He posted a season-high 19 rebounds in a single game.
As a freshman at Shawnee CC, he led the team with an average of 15.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting 56.3 percent from the field. He had nine games of 20+ points, four of which came consecutively when he went a combined 37-of-54 from the field for 69 percent shooting.
Prior to junior college, Leon was a dominant force in the paint for Conway High School and one of the most explosive athletes in the state of Arkansas. He earned 7A All-Conference and All-State honors averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds per game for Coach James Bates.
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