Men’s basketball adds 2 players during early signing period

Men’s basketball adds 2 players during early signing period

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi men's basketball team signed two players for the 2018-19 season.

Southern Miss added Madison St. Joseph Catholic High School point guard Gabriel Watson and Southwest Christian Academy (Little Rock) forward Nikola Jerotic to letters of intent during the early signing period, according to a press release from USM Sports Information.

Watson, 6 feet 2 inches, is considered a top prospect in the state, averaging 29.5 points, six rebouns, six assists and four steals per game as a junior.

"I think we got the best point guard in the state of Mississippi when you put it together," USM coach Doc Sadler said. "He's got character, he's a winner and he understands how to play. We're very excited about that for a lot of reasons. He's going to make a big difference in the state of Mississippi, regarding our recruiting."

Jerotic, 6 foot 7 inches, averages 14 points and eight rebounds per game for Southwest Christian Academy.

"We felt like we needed to get a 6-foot-6, 6-foot-7 athlete who could guard four spots, from point guard down to the (small forward)," Sadler said. "He shoots the ball, played for the Serbian national junior team and played for one of the best coaches in the country, (SWC coach) Charles Baker, who played and coached at (Division I) level.

"Both (Watson and Jerotic), we feel they can contribute right away."