FORT SMITH, Ark. – UAFS men’s basketball coach Josh Newman has announced the recent signing of NCAA Division I transfers Brett Jolly and Osahen Iduwe to NCAA Division II national letters of intent.
Jolly, a 6-foot-9 forward, played the past two seasons at St. Louis University, and Iduwe, a 6-10 forward, played the past two seasons at the University of Georgia. Each will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Newman said the addition of Jolly and Iduwe will not only give the Lions a more physical presence but will also help fill the void left by the graduation of the Lions’ top two rebounders from a year ago – forwards Kenny Martin and Dusan Stojanovic.
"As the year closed, we realized our biggest need was going to be replacing Kenny Martin and Dusan Stojanovic," Newman said. "Kenny and Dusan did so much for our program on and off the floor. We believe signing Brett and Osahen will help with the graduation of Kenny and Dusan."
Jolly, who is a native of Southlake, Texas, played in 18 games for the Billikens this past season, including one start, and averaged 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game while averaging almost nine minutes per game.
As a freshman, Jolly played in 30 games, including two starts, and averaged 1.9 points and one rebound per game while averaging 11 minutes per game. He was tied for second on the team with 12 blocked shots and also had six steals.
"Brett is a skilled forward who will be able to score inside as well as outside. More impressive than his offensive skill level is his competitiveness. I believe Brett will add toughness and a defensive mindset that we haven’t had in a while," Newman said.
Iduwe, who is from Benin City, Nigeria, played in 18 games for the Bulldogs this past season and averaged one point and one rebound per game while averaging almost 10 minutes per game.
As a freshman, Iduwe played in 11 games and had one blocked shot and two steals while averaging almost three minutes per game.
"Osahen has all the potential to be a force on the defensive end and a key anchor to our defensive scheme," Newman said. "For a young man his size – 6-foot-10, 245 pounds – he’s extremely quick and explosive."
Jolly and Iduwe are two of four incoming NCAA Division I transfers and join Marcus Wallace, a 6-foot-1 guard, and Ladarius Coleman, a 6-5 guard, who transferred from Southeast Missouri State.
Along with those four transfers, Newman signed four prep players – D’Shawn Coleman, a 6-5 guard from San Antonio, Texas; Seth Hawley, a 6-1 guard from Fort Smith; Conor Roby, a 6-foot guard from Dover, Ark.; and Adonis Fox, a 6-10 center from Kingston, Okla.