SFA Signs Four From High School Ranks
Nov. 15, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin men's basketball coach Danny Kaspar announced Wednesday the signing of four student-athletes to national letters of intent to play for SFA, all from the high school ranks on the first day of the early signing period.
The class includes three players ranked among the top 35 in the Houston area and a pair of top-40 recruits from the state of Texas in Kavin Gilder-Tilbury (Houston, Texas; Cy Falls HS) and Cory Scott (Copperas Cove, Texas; Copperas Cove HS), in addition to Ellis Moore (Klein, Texas; Oak HS) and Kendell Ramlal (Houston, Texas; Episcopal HS).
"Overall I like the skill set and the character of this group," Kaspar said. "We feel like it could be an outstanding class and we look forward to them being a part of Lumberjack basketball for the next four years."
Gilder-Tilbury is a 6-7 forward who earned TABC all-region honors as junior and first team all-district after he averaged 16.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game as a junior at Cy Falls High School, helping the Eagles to a 31-5 record. He ranks as the No. 30 overall prospect in the state of Texas and the No. 71 small forward in the nation by ESPN.com.
That season came on the heels of a sophomore season when he was also a first team all-district selection and helped lead CFHS 9.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in a 24-11 season for the Eagles.
"Kavin is one of our more heralded signings in my tenure here. I noticed him during the summer of 2011 and plays for a great coach in Jim Draud at Cy Falls High School," Kaspar said. "He is a very good offensive player and a good athlete. I think he can play both the small forward and power forward spots for us."
Scott is a 6-2 shooting guard from Copperas Cove High School who averaged 17.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists for the Bulldawgs as a junior when he was a first team all-District 12-5A choice. He is regarded as the No. 39 prospect in the state of Texas and is the first ever player from Copperas Cove High School to sign a NLI with a Division I school.
"Cory is another highly-heralded sign for us," Kaspar said. "He is a combo guard who has scored a lot in his high school career. He can play either guard at this level and comes from a fine program at Copperas Cove. He can shoot well, in addition to being able to get to the basket, giving him multiple ways of putting up points."
Moore is a 6-0 guard who averaged 14.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game as a junior for Klein Oak High School. He was named the District 13-5A newcomer of the year as just a sophomore and is regarded as the No. 32 prospect in the Houston area.
"Ellis is also a combo guard who can step in and play at either guard spot," Kaspar said. "He has been a prolific scorer for his high school team the last two years, and we feel like he has a very high ceiling that has not yet been hit."
Meanwhile, Ramlal is a 6-8 forward who is ranked No. 27 prospect in the Houston area and the No. 81 prospect in the state by TexasHoops.com. Last season he led the Houston Episcopal Knights to a 30-4 record.
"Kendell is another strong interior signee for us and he is very young for his class," Kaspar said. "With him being so young we are optimistic that we could see some more physical growth in him as he continues to develop, but even if not, he is still active and athletic enough to get the job done."