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Courtesy: Southern U. Athletics

Men's Basketball adds four to upcoming class

Courtesy: Herman Shelton, Assistant Director, Sports Information
Release: 06/05/2018

BATON ROUGE, La. | Southern University Men's Basketball head coach Sean Woods has announced his inaugural signing class with the announcement of four additions to the Jaguars program for the 2018-19 season. Included in the signings are one high-school signee and three JUCO transfers.

The signings for the Jaguars included 6'0 point guard Jayden Gaulden-Saddler of Mount Zion Preparatory School, the JUCO transfers are Cameron Horton (East Mississippi Community College), Bryan Assie (Monroe Community College), Osaretin Wilson-Ogbeide (Osa Wilson) (Northwest Kansas Tech) 

PLAYER POS HT CL HOMETOWN(PREV. SCHOOL)
Bryan Assie Forward 6'7 Jr. Samford, Conneticut (Monroe C.C.)
Cameron Horton Guard 6'1 So. Jacksonville, Alabama (East Mississippi C.C.)
Jayden Saddler Guard 6'0 Fr. Baltimore, Maryland (Mount Zion Prep.)
Osaretin Wilson Forward 6'6 JR Ontario, Canada (Northwest Kansas Techincal College)

Jayden Saddler

 

Head Coach Sean Woods:

"(Saddler) ... a very mature pg (point guard) for his age, coming in with a big-time family tree his oldest brother, Devon, continues his professional career overseas (he is Deleware State all-time leading scorer) and his older brother, Tevon, stars for Nicholls State."

"Very heady point guard, with a lot of athleticism, should be competing for a starting job right off the bat, he is an east coast guard who I have a lot of experience and success with coming from Baltimore, Maryland. Tough, gritty guard that plays with a lot of poise. He can be one of the better freshmen in the league."

Scouts:
Saddler is a sneaky athletic guard, defensively, Saddler is a pest on the ball. He has active hands and good instincts in passing lanes to get a tip on the ball and start transition opportunities for his team.

The Aberdeen, Maryland native was also a track athlete in high school running the 200m dash and participated in the high jump and long jump.

Cameron Horton

Photo Courtsey of EMCC

Head Coach Sean Woods:

"(Horton)is a kid that we were lucky to get, he has three years (left) to play, very explosive, speedy point guard, that can play the two also, can score, in your face type of defender."

"He is going to help us with the way we want to play, the speed of the game we want to play. He was a very underrated and will be one of the better guards in the league"

East Mississippi College

A native of Jacksonville, Ala., Horton was named to the 2017-18 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State/North Division Second Team after averaging a team-leading 13.7 points per game while shooting 41 percent overall from the field, 37 percent from the three-point arc and 74 percent from the free throw line this past year for head coach Billy Begley’s 12-12 EMCC Lions. He also averaged 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists an outing for the Lions on the season. Horton was named MACJC Player of the Week during Week 11 of the 2017-18 basketball season after scoring a career-high 36 points on 14-of-19 field-goal shooting, including 4-of-8 three-point accuracy, at Mississippi Delta (1/22). Horton sat out the 2016-17 season at EMCC with a wrist injury. A two-time all-state guard at Jacksonville (Ala.) High School, he averaged 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game as a prep senior in 2015-16.

Bryan Assie

Head Coach Sean Woods:

"Bryan is a very physical power forward, brings a big-time physical presence, scores in the low post, can also take you on the perimeter and drive you a bit."

"He is a big-time rebounder offensively and defensively, he is my type of guy because he played with a lot of physical toughness, looking forward to coaching him."

The Monroe College transfer averaged 9.7 points and5.3 rebounds during the 2016-17 season. Assie scored a season-high 21 points versus Harcum College (3/5/17), opened the 2016 season with a 10 rebound performance versus Genesee College. The Stamford, Connecticut native was a three-star recruit (rivals) out of Thurgood Marshall High School. Assie improved during the 2017-18 season averagin10.7 points and 7.6 rebounds, recorded a career-high 27 point versus ASA (1/15/18), 15 rebounds versus Harcum College (1/18/18), and seven double-doubles.

Osi Wilson

Head Coach Sean Woods:

"6'6 forward, very talented, take you off the bounce type of guy, big time slasher and rebounder."

"He is a guy is a jack of all trade, that can take you off the rebound, we will take advantage of his size because he has guards skills at 66 67, he is a big-time scorer."

Wilson will play with a familiar teammate this season in Eddie Reese, they played the 2016-17 season at Northwest Kansas Technical College. Recorded a career-high 19 rebounds versus McCook Community College (11/19/18), the night before scored a career-high 18 points versus Adams State. Red-shirted last season. The North of the Border ties continue, The Ontario native is the fourth athlete from the region to play at Southern and will be one of two to play the 2018-19 season, joining soccer stand out Desirae George-McCool.