Sam Houston State basketball coach Jason Hooten announced his first signing as the head of the men’s program.

Marcus Williams will join the Bearkat basketball program for the 2010-11 season. Williams (5-10, 165) is a junior college transfer from Cochise College in Douglas, Ariz.

Williams is a scoring guard who averaged 20.3 points per game this past season and poured in 18.4 points a contest as a freshman. He is a two-time first-team all-conference and all-region selection.

As a freshman Williams was an honorable mention All-America pick, and this past season was named to the second team All-America squad.

“We are very excited about the addition of Marcus Williams to our team,” Hooten said. “Marcus is a scoring guard that has had a lot of history in winning games.  Although Marcus is small in stature, he is large in production.”

Williams was invited last summer to Jerry Mullen’s Top 80 Camp in Tulsa, Okla., designed for the top 80 junior college players in the country. He was ranked as the No. 36 player in the event.

Hooten said in addition to his scoring, Williams is also a very strong defender.

“He had a tremendous season, earning second-team Junior College All-America,” Hooten said. “Marcus is a big-time athlete who can score the ball and defend 94 feet.”

During Williams’ two seasons at Cochise College, the Apaches went 50-13, including a 26-5 mark this past season.

“Marcus Williams is a gifted athlete who will produce to win games and be productive on the floor,” said Cochise College head coach Jerry Carrillo. “He was very good to coach and is a winner.”

At Rio Rancho High School in New Mexico, Williams led his team to a Class 5A state championship his junior year. He was a first-team all-state selection in both his junior and senior years.

SHSU women’s basketball adds forward

Nyha Carter, a 5-10 forward from Clear Creek High School in League City has signed a letter of intent to attend Sam Houston State University in the fall and play women’s basketball for head coach Brenda Nichols.

Carter is a three-time all-district selection, earning first-team honors the past two years and she was a second-team selection as a sophomore. She was named District 24-5A Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior. Carter led Clear Creek in scoring and rebounding, averaging 10.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

Carter was a three-year starter for the Wildcats, leading her team to district championships her sophomore and senior year. She also led her team to the playoffs all three years.

An outstanding leader, Carter was a four-year member of the JROTC. She was a sharpshooter her freshman year. She won first place for physical training her sophomore, junior and senior year and she was company commander her senior year.

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