Updated May 9, 2006 15:35:14
Bulldog Basketball Announces Two Newcomers in the Spring Signing Period
RUSTON, La. -- The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have inked two more standout recruits to join the arsenal of returning Bulldogs for the 2006-07 season in Ronnie Morgan and Kyle Gipson.
Morgan is a 6?7?, 210 lbs forward from Dallas South Oak Cliff high school who finished his final high school season averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds per game and also helped Dallas South Oak Cliff win the 4A state championship in the state of Texas.
?The first time I saw Ronnie was in Las Vegas last summer and just fell in love with him,? Tech head coach Keith Richard said. ?It took some time, but I?m glad to finally have him join the program.?
Morgan said he picked Tech because he liked the fact there would be, as he felt, an immediate need at his position.
?After Paul Millsap left for the NBA, that left open a spot for me, and it was my favorite visit that I had taken,? Morgan said. ?I like Coach Richard a lot. He?s a really down to earth guy and he?s straight up with you.?
Gipson comes to Tech as a 6?4? shooting guard from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, who sat out last year to rehabilitate his shoulder.
?Coach Tim Floyd of USC recommended Kyle to us,? Richard said. ?We saw him, liked him, recruited him and we?re excited about him also joining the program.?
Gipson said he likes the idea of being in a small town compared to the big city that he?s used to living in.
?I feel enthusiastic about becoming a Bulldog and coming to play for Coach Richard,? Gipson said. ?I like the area not being a very big city atmosphere, and I feel really comfortable about coming to Louisiana Tech.?
Morgan and Gipson are joining Tech along with the fall signing class of Leslie Jackson and Shawn Taylor. Jackson led Bryan High School to the playoffs with a 24-8 record and was recently named the MVP of the Greater Houston Area All-Star Game. Taylor is a 6?11? center from Chipola Junior College that finished 27-3 in the regular season and was the Florida State Junior College runner up. He is also a transfer from the University of Alabama.
?I think Ronnie and Kyle along with Leslie and Shawn give us four very good players to add to our team next year,? Richard said. ?In my opinion, all four will come in and contribute immediately next season.?