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Men's Basketball Adds Talented Trio to 2014-15 Recruiting Class


MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The Pfeiffer men’s basketball team has added three more pieces to an already strong recruiting class for the 2014-15 season. Head Coach Jeremy Currier announced that the program has received National Letters of Intent from Justas Narusas and Mackly Bien-Aime, while Keith Jumper will be transferring to Pfeiffer from Tusculum College.
 
Narusas, a 6-6, 210 pound guard from Lithuania was an NACA All-American at Grace Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a senior, he averaged 16.8 points per game, 11.2 rebounds per game, and 4.2 assists per game. Narusas was a standout on the PSB Select AAU Team, where he played with fellow Pfeiffer signee Stefan Kostic. Narusas’ accolades extend past the court and into the classroom, where he earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average in accelerated courses.

“We are excited to have Justas joining our team next year. He is going to give us the size and length needed to compete in Conference Carolinas," said Currier. "We feel that he will fit in perfectly with the system we run and what we are trying to accomplish. Justas brings the toughness and work ethic that we want in all our players.”

Bien-Aime is a 6-7 forward from North Miami, Florida. While at North Miami High School, Bien-Aime averaged 11.8 points and 11.6 rebounds, while adding 2.7 blocks per contest. Bien-Aime was recognized by the Miami Herald as he earned a spot on the All Miami Dade Region Team. After high school, Bien-Aime moved on to Malcolm X College in Chicago, Illinois. Bien-Aime was a starter as a freshmen before suffering a season ending injury just six games in. While at Malcolm X, Bien-Aime was recognized by the faculty and staff as the recipient of the Winter Scholar Athlete Award for exemplary work in the classroom. Bien-Aime enters Pfeiffer University with a 3.9 grade point average and will study Pre-Med.

“Mackly is an extremely focused and disciplined young man both on and off the court,” said Currier. “His commitment to academic and athletic success is second to none as seen by his GPA and development in his game over the last two years. On the court, Mackly is very long with a seven foot wingspan, and has the best defensive instincts in our program. We have recruited Mackly a long time, and my assistant, Darryl Slack, did an incredible job recruiting him to Pfeiffer. We are excited he will be joining our program.”

Jumper, a native of Lexington, South Carolina, is transferring after playing two seasons at Tusculum College. As a freshman, the 6-8, 220 pound forward was named the South Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Year as he led the Pioneers in rebounding, blocked shots, and free throws made. In two years at Tusculum, Jumper has scored 494 points on an astounding 55% field goal percentage, and accumulated 280 career rebounds and 32 blocked shots. Jumper was named the South Atlantic Player of the week on January 19th, and earned the Applebee’s Student-Athlete of the Month award in November.

“Keith is a player that will fit our system and what we want to do as a basketball team,” Currier said. “He is a versatile wing that shoots the ball at a very high percentage. Keith will also help our team in an area that we need to improve as he has been Tusculum’s best rebounder the last two seasons, despite missing four games due to injury. His length and athleticism along with his experience will make an immediate impact on our program. We look forward to Keith joining our program this fall.”

The three join 6-2 combo guard Stefan Kostic, 6-11 center Rob Folk, and 6-9 forward Nigel Jackson as newcomers for the 2014-15 season. Kostic signed a National Letter of Intent in November, while Folk and Jackson joined the Falcons in May.

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