LOGAN, Utah Utah State men’s basketball coach Stew Morrill announced Thursday that Antonio Bumpus has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Aggies beginning in the 2010-11 season. Bumpus, a 6-4, 190-pound shooting guard from Harcum Community College in Bryn Mawr, Pa., earned third-team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American honors as a sophomore as he averaged 18.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, and made a school record 79 three-pointers to help lead the Bears to a 26-3 record and a No. 3 national ranking. “Antonio is an athletic wing scorer whose junior college success has prepared him well for Division I basketball,” said Morrill. “We are very excited about the qualities he brings to our program as a player, student and high-character individual. Antonio Bumpus is a fit for Utah State Basketball.” Bumpus becomes the fourth junior college All-American to sign with Utah State in the last five years joining Jared Quayle (Western Wyoming CC), Gary Wilkinson (Salt Lake CC) and Chaz Spicer (Kankakee CC). “Utah State is a very good program and this will be a great opportunity for me to succeed both on and off the court,” said Bumpus. “I enjoyed my time with the coaches when I visited USU and I feel like it is a place where I can grow and improve as a basketball player.” Along with earning junior college All-American honors, Bumpus was also named the Region 19 Player of the Year as a sophomore as he scored in double-figures 27 times, including 13 20-point games and had a season-high 30 points twice. He finished the year by shooting 44.7 percent from the field (181-412), 37.1 percent from three-point range (79-213) and 73.0 percent at the free throw line (89-122). Bumpus also earned third-team NJCAA All-American honors as a freshman at Harcum College as he averaged 15.3 points and made 60 three-pointers.During his freshman year he scored a career-high 31 points against the College of Eastern Utah. Bumpus, who scored 1,021 points during his junior college career, is just the second player in Harcum College history to score 1,000 points. “Antonio is a versatile guard that can score the ball in a lot of different ways,” said Harcum College head coach Drew Kelly. “Antonio is a grounded and unselfish kid who is a winner, and I think he will fit in well with Utah State. He really wanted to continue his basketball career somewhere he could have a chance to win and play in the NCAA Tournament, and he is going to get that opportunity with Utah State.” Bumpus prepped at Eastmoor Academy in Columbus, Ohio and earned Division II All-Central District honors during his senior season. -USU-
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