MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Barry University men’s basketball coach Cesar Odio announced the signings of two players for the 2012-13 season.
The Buccaneers signed guard/forward Aaron Martin, a transfer from South Carolina State, and forward Garrett Naughton, a junior college transfer from Florida State College-Jacksonville.
Martin, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound senior to be, played at St. Petersburg Community College under Earnest Crumbley prior to his time at South Carolina State. At South Carolina State, he averaged 5.7 points per game, 3.9 rebounds and shot 70.3 percent from the free throw line. At St. Petersburg, he scored 12.3 points per game, shot 43 percent from beyond the arc and emerged as a starter.
“Aaron Martin will be a very nice addition to our program,” Odio said. “He has the ability to score the basketball in a number of ways. He will fit in nicely in our system and will give us some maturity in the locker room. Aaron is a fine young man and we are excited have him join the Buccaneer family.”
“Coach Crumbley is known for developing very good basketball players and getting them to play extremely hard,” Bucs assistant coach Ryan Saunders said. “We are fortunate to have another former player of his come to Barry.”
Guard Justin McCoy also played at St. Petersburg.
Naughton, a 6-6, 210-pound junior from Orange Park, Fla., averaged 6.1 ppg and 4.5 reb. He scored a career-high 25 points at Pasco Hernando Community College, and was a Second Team All-Mid-Florida Conference selection. He played under Neil Orr at FSC-Jacksonville.
“Garrett is a terrific young man who has great character and a high basketball IQ,” Odio said. “He is an outstanding student, and will represent the men’s basketball program in a positive way.”
“I think Garrett will have a fine two-year career here as a Buccaneer,” Saunders said. “He will fit in nicely because he is a tough, smart and very unselfish player.”