Connors State sophomore Adarius Avery has signed a NCAA D-1 National Letter of Intent with Loyola University Chicago it was announced by Cowboys head coach Bill Muse.
Avery will be joining Ramblers head coach Porter Moser of the Missouri Valley Conference this fall for the 2017-18 basketball season.
During the 2016-17 season, Avery ranked second in the nation with 24.1 points per game, while leading the Cowboys to a 26-7 record, Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference and Region II Championship, advancing to the NJCAA National Tournament and a Sweet 16 appearance.
“Adarius is a dynamic athlete who brings a ton of versatility both offensively and defensively,” Moser said. He has an extremely quick first step and has a knack to get by you and finish plays at or above the rim. In addition, he averaged double-figure rebounds (18 times), which is a need we have addressed in this recruiting class. Adarius led the nation in getting to the foul line with 282 attempts this season and comes from a winning program at Connors State, where he led his team to the national tournament.”
Avery blossomed into one of the top scorers in the nation this season at Connors State College, averaging 24.1 ppg, to go with 10.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. The 6-foot-5 guard shot 49 percent from the field and 71 percent from the foul line this season, scoring in double figures in all 34 games. Avery netted 30 or more points on eight occasions in 2016-17, and scored 40 points twice. He poured in a career-best 42 points against Eastern Oklahoma State College on March 2, and dropped 41 points on Seminole State College earlier in the season, on December 1.
He was named to the NJCAA Division I All-Tournament Team in 2016-17 and also collected First Team Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference, First Team All-Region II and NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors.
As a freshman at Connors State in 2015-16, Avery put up 10.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 1.8 apg, while shooting 55.5 percent from the field and 70.8 percent from the charity stripe and scored a season-high 29 points versus Brookhaven.