Underwood Inks Five In Signing Class
Nov. 20, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday morning during the early signing period. The class includes three junior college transfers and two prep stars.
The class includes Ty Charles (Kennedale, TX; Kennedale HS), Demetrious Floyd (St. Louis, MO; Chipolla College), Clide Geffard (Pompano, FL; Northwest Florida State College), Jared Johnson (Columbia, S.C.; Hill College) and Jaxon Holden (Highland, TX; Marcus HS).
"I am very, very pleased with this group, as we met our recruiting needs," Underwood said. "We signed some premier perimeter guys, while also adding athleticism and shooting. We built a very solid base with the signing a couple of high school kids, in Ty and Jaxon, who will help solidify the program for the future. With this class, we feel like we have filled the void left by our senior departures."
Ty Charles - Kennedale, TX (Kennedale HS), 6-5, Guard
"I knew it was SFA all along since my first visit," Charles said. "SFA is where I wanted to go and I took my time. Coach Underwood is whom I want to play for. The program has a tradition of winning, and with Coach Underwood there, he is going to develop players into pros. He has coached at the top level, coaching some of the best players in the nation while he was at Kansas State and South Carolina. Coach is going to use his experience to grow the players and develop them.
"I will have the chance to hit the court right away, as [SFA] will graduate three guards after this season, and they recruited me to fill the void that the guards will leave. The pieces are in place there to be a team that goes deep into the tournament, and I will be the piece they are missing. Everything just feels right and in place for me to go there."
Charles enters his senior season under head coach Doug Groff and the Wildcats, after putting up 533 points as a junior. In 2012-13, Charles was 207-of-377 (.549) from the field and 30-of-73 (.411) from beyond the arc. The 6-5 native of Forest Hill, Texas, participated in the 2013 Reebok Breakout Classic in Philadelphia over the summer.
He played club basketball for head coach Stacy Houston and the DJH5 Elite of the AAU.
Underwood on Charles:
Demetrious Floyd - St. Louis, MO (Chipola College-FL), 5-11, Guard
Before junior college, Floyd was a standout under head coach Erwin Claggett at McCluer High School. As a senior, Floyed averaged 15.4 points and was an All-Suburban North Conference performer after guiding the Comets to a 25-4 record in 2011-12.
Underwood on Floyd:
Clide Geffard - Pompano Beach, FL (Blanche HS/Samford/Northwest Florida State College), 6-5, Forward
The native of Pompano Beach, Fla., spent the 2012-13 season at SU, where he was the third leading scorer for the Bulldogs. Geffard, who earned freshman All-Southern Conference honors, averaged 11.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game for SU. Geffard appeared in all 32 games, making 25 starts, and was SU's top three-point shooter (.419) in helping the Bulldogs to a 9-9 record in SOCON play.
Geffard was the Class 7A Florida High School Player of the Year in 2012, after helping Blanche Ely High School advance to the state title game. As a senior, Geffard averaged 17.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. In the state-title game, Geffrard put up 33 points and 14 rebounds to lead BEHS to the title over Oak Ridge High School.
Underwood on Geffard:
Jared Johnson - Columbia, S.C. (Ridge HS/Hill College-TX), 6-0, Guard
The native of Columbia, S.C., utilized a redshirt in 2012-13, after a prep campaign in which he lead Ridge High School to the 2011 South Carolina Class 4A Lower State Championship game. After finishing as state runner-ups in his junior season, Johnson was named all state.
Underwood on Johnson:
Jaxon Holden - Flower Mound, TX (Marcus HS), 6-1, Guard
He played club basketball for head coach Ramundo Douglass and the Dream Elite of the AAU.
Underwood on Holden: