Georgia State signs two N.C. JUCOs

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Georgia State has picked up a couple of North Carolina junior college players, adding to what it calls “perhaps the most highly-regarded signing class in school history.”

Panthers coach Rod Barnes has signed Jamar Taylor, a 6-foot-8 forward, and Mi’kyel Nero, a 6-4 guard, from Brunswick Community College in Supply, about 25 miles southwest of Wilmington.

“Jamar Taylor and Mi’kyel Nero are excellent additions to our program,” Barnes said in a statement released by the school. “Coach [Walter] Shaw runs a strong program at Brunswick, so these two young men have been well-coached and are ready to contribute at the Division I level.

Nero, who will have three years of eligibility left at GSU, averaged 10.8 points a game at Brunswick last season. Taylor, who will have two years left, averaged 8.1 points and 6.7 rebounds.

11 comments Add your comment

Yo

May 6th, 2009
6:27 pm

Thanks for the update Darryl. Chuck – go screw yourself!

atlfc

May 6th, 2009
9:13 pm

Keep em coming Rod! Thanks Darryl!

And Chuck clearly you care enough to post about it you freaking loser!

Josh

May 6th, 2009
10:03 pm

All the influx of transfers will be what kills Rod Barnes chances of ever making this program anything.

Tim

May 6th, 2009
11:32 pm

Josh, why do you think that? Not criticizing your comment, just curious. Barnes had to rebuild after the mess Perry left and so he brought in a bunch of transfers last year in hopes of putting together a winning product on the floor quickly to attract fans and recruits but unfortunately most of the transfers were complete busts. Joe Dukes was the lone exception. But he has lined up GSU’s best ever recruiting get in high schoolers Rashanti Harris, one of the top centers in the nation and James Vincent, another stud. And Barnes has proved he can coach so there’s nothing to worry about there. They finished strong last season and will only get better. Expectations were way too high with last year’s transfers but pay attention to this squad next year, they might be the best team in the state (not saying much these days I know but still).

RedGADawg

May 7th, 2009
8:39 am

What is difference in brining in JUCO’s who have two or three years in a program and recruiting one and done’s? It takes more than one to make a team, generally the more experience a college player has the more they can contribute!

que15

May 7th, 2009
10:29 am

Lefty Driesel did the same thing by bringing in Shanard Long (Georgetown, Kevin Morris (Georgia Tech) and Darryl Cooper (LSU) to GState, in addition to signing Thomas Terrell (Missippi JUCO) and Lamont McIntosh (Redan high c/o 2000). The result, 31-3 record (school record), Atlantic Sun Conference Championship, 2001 Automatic Bid to the NCAA Tournament which led to a first round upset over Wisconsin. The team lost in the second round to a Juan Dixon led Maryland team that won the NCAA championship. Those aformentioned reasons, is why you bring transfers in to rebuild a program. I agree, a side from Dukes-who started a few games as a fresman at Wake Forest, most of the transfers did not live up to thier billing. However, all are returning, along with an underrated Trae Goldston and this talented recruiting class. How will coach Barnes put it together? We shall see; but I am confident, G.State will be on the brink of dancing in the NCAA’s again.

G State Ben

May 7th, 2009
11:44 am

Que,

Gotta clear up some facts in your article here a little. Shenard came home after a family member passed away and along with Kevin Morris, who was run off by Cremins at Tech, formed a scoring duo that hasn’t been repeated. The record that year was 29-5 in our loss to Maryland in the 2nd round that went to the Final Four. They won it, the follow year.

I agree this year will be very intersting with Nero and Taylor in the mix to provide quality depth. We will have the tallest team in the conference and I could see a 6-8 win increase of this year with the right breaks.

que15

May 7th, 2009
3:54 pm

Good looks Ben, I just wanted to make a valid point, that transfers can make a difference. I guess I got too carried away on the record, but that Georgia State team was a force to be reckon with. Im not a big GState fan, but had a few close friends play there. I just want to see a good coach, Rod Barnes, take this program to the next level.

G State Ben

May 8th, 2009
9:09 am

Que,

Thanks for following the program and suporting. I agree Coach Barnes is building a program but too many people live in a microwave era where success has to be instant. This team returns 9 letterman and 3 starters. We are adding two big man that will immediately contribute. Things look very bright downtown.

If you haven’t got your football tickets yet, hit the site up: $100 for season tickets.

Go Panthers!

ButlerDawg

May 8th, 2009
8:17 pm

I’m with Chuck on this one. Who cares?

G State Ben

May 11th, 2009
9:07 am

Butler Dawg,

If you don’t care, then move along. It’s a pretty simple process. There are plenty of people that care. Go root for your team that can’t go weeks without a DUI or arrest.