Three Dunkin’ Dogs Inked in Early Signing Period
Nov. 16, 2016
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech tipped of the 2016-17 regular season less than a week ago, but the Bulldogs are already thinking about 2017-18 as head coach Eric Konkol announced on Wednesday the addition of three players in the early signing period.
Konkol and his coaching staff inked two guards – Exavian Christon from Arkansas and Amorie Archibald from Florida – as well as forward Anthony Duruji from Maryland.
“We are thrilled to welcome Amorie, Exavian and Anthony to our Louisiana Tech Bulldog Family,” Konkol said. “Our goal is to find first class people who are quality students and talented basketball players with big dreams. These three young men fit that profile extremely well.
“The common denominator for this group is they all come from great families and have bright futures ahead of them. They have all been well coached and come from winning programs. They have versatile games, play with speed and toughness, and fit our style perfectly. They are driven to become the best version of themselves at Louisiana Tech and we are excited to help them.”
Christon is a 6-foot-4-inch, 190 pound shooting guard who stars at Hot Springs High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He is rated as the No. 4 best player in the state by Arkansas Hoops.
He has led the Panthers to top five rankings in 5A with records of 29-3 and 33-4, including an appearance in the state semifinals last season as a junior while averaging 18 points, six rebounds and four assists per game.
“Exavian is an athletic, high energy guard with great versatility,” Konkol said. “He has size for the position, can score at the rim and on the perimeter, and comes from a basketball family. He has been well coached at Hot Springs HS under Rodney Echols and experienced terrific competition on the summer circuit.”
He has been a three-time selection to the all-state, all-conference and all-tournament teams and has earned MVP at the Kameron Hale Tournament and Paris Texas Holiday Classic Tournament.
Christon has also played on the EYBL Circuit for Team Portis Wings Elite, averaging double-digit scoring over the summer for one of the top AAU teams in the country.
The second signee is Archibald, a 6-foot-3-inch combo guard who was the second leading scorer in the entire state of Florida as a junior with an average of 28.5 points per game at Trinity Christian Academy in Deltona. He also averaged 8.5 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game.
“Amorie is a skilled guard with the ability to play multiple guard positions,” Konkol said. “He is athletic, very competitive and has excellent instincts. He played well against tremendous competition on the summer circuit and has been developed well by John Torre at Trinity.”
He was named second team all-state, first team All-Volusia County and all-district last season on the hardwood while also being an honorable mention all-state selection on the gridiron where he is the star quarterback for the Eagles.
The third signee is 6-foot-8-inch forward Duruji who hails from Germantown, Maryland where he has starred at St. Andrews Episcopal School. As a junior, he averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and two assists and was an All-MAC selection while helping the Lions to a 15-win season and a school record seven MAC conference victories.
“Anthony is a combo forward with length, athleticism and the ability to stretch the defense,” Konkol said. “He brings an energetic and versatile skill set to both sides of the floor to our uptempo system. He has played a high level of basketball both under Kevin Jones at St. Andrews and on the summer circuit.”
Duruji led St. Andrews to a MAC championship as a sophomore and has been a member of Team Takeover. He has also been a standout in track and field, winning a 4A state championship and earning a second place state finish in the high jump.
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