Bulldog Early Signees Post Stellar Senior Seasons

April 27, 2017

RUSTON – Last year’s incoming class for Louisiana Tech men’s basketball featured two Conference USA All-Freshman Team selections as well as the league’s Freshman of the Year.

This year’s Bulldog early signees – guards Amorie Archibald and Exavian Christon and forward Anthony Duruji – look to make a similar impact as they each wrapped up stellar high school senior seasons.

Christon, a 6-foot-4-inch shooting guard, led Hot Springs High School this past season to the Arkansas 5A state semifinals for a second consecutive year while averaging 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game.

He was named Arkansas 5A-South Player of the Year, Garland County Player of the Year, 5A-South All-Conference, 5A All-State and 5A State All-Tournament.

Christon, who finished his high school career with 1,562 points, was also chosen as Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association top five 5A players and was a member of Team Arkansas (top 10 players from the state) that faced Team Tennessee in the fourth annual Mike Conley, Jr. All-Star Classic.

Archibald, a 6-foot-3-inch combo guard, led Deltona Trinity Christian to their first ever Florida 3A state championship while averaging 23 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals per game.

Along the way, he posted a triple-double of 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the Region I-3A finals and a tournament-high 43 points in the semifinals (was the most in a Florida state tournament by an area player since 1955).

Archibald was named the Florida 3A Player of the Year, Daytona Beach News-Journal Player of the Year and was a finalist for 2017 Mr. Basketball. He also shined on the gridiron as a first team all-state performer, totaling 1,625 passing yards, 1,761 rushing yards and 39 total touchdowns.

Duruji, a 6-foot-8-inch forward out of Georgetown, Maryland, helped St. Andrew’s Episcopal advance to the MAC semifinals for a third straight year. He averaged 17 points, nine rebounds and two blocks per game as a senior, earning All-MAC honors for a second time.

 

 

He participated in multiple all-star games, including the Crab Ball Classic All-Star game for Team Washington, D.C. He was also selected as a Capital All-American which includes the elite seniors from the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia), playing in the Hoop Culture Capital Classic.

The athletic forward was runner-up in the American Family Insurance National High School Slam Dunk competition in Phoenix, Arizona.

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