The Florida College men's basketball coaches announced the signing of five players for the 2017-2018 season. The new additions include Jacob Roark, Franck Tsoungui, Michael Thompson II, Lynorris Hamilton and Bryce Nickels.
Jacob Roark comes to Florida College from Harding University, an NCAA Division II school in Arkansas. He is originally from Concord, Arkansas. Before attending Harding, Roark graduated from Concord High School. He holds the Arkansas high-school record for 3-pointers made in a career with 398 and ranks second in Arkansas high-school history with 3,619 points scored. Roark led Concord to the 2014 Arkansas Class 1A state championship and averaged over 30 points per game as a senior. He was four-time All-State and Arkansas Class 1A MVP as a senior. "We are extremely excited to have Jacob in our program," Pat Todd, Florida College's athletic director and head men's basketball coach, said. "He will bring great character and leadership right away. He is a lights out shooter and a skilled ball handler."
Franck Tsoungui played the last two years at State College of Florida, in Bradenton, Florida. He is originally from Cameroon. Tsoungui came to the United States in 2013 and graduated high school from Lee Academy in Maine. "Franck has an unbelievable story. We are very blessed to have him here at Florida College," Todd said. "His ability to defend almost every position on the floor will help our team tremendously."
Michael Thompson II comes to Florida College after playing last season at Potomac State. The year before, he was a teammate of Franck Tsoungui at State College of Florida. "Michael is an outstanding young man with a positive and contagious personality," Todd said. "He runs the floor exceptionally well and will add depth to our front court."
Lynorris Hamilton played the last two seasons at Luzerne County Community College in Pennsylvania. Hamilton is originally from Deland, Florida. As a sophomore at Luzerne County, Hamilton averaged 17.8 points per game while dishing out 7.1 assists per game. He also chipped in 5.4 rebounds per game. He had three triple-doubles and a season high of 31 points. Hamilton's freshman campaign was just as impressive. He averaged 17.4 points per game, dished out 9.5 assists per game and averaged a respectable 3.9 rebounds per game. Hamilton led his team in scoring and assists for both seasons. "Lynorris comes to us with the proven ability to produce at the college level," Chase Teichmann, men's basketball assistant coach, said. "He is a quick, pass first point guard who can absolutely run the offense. He is a good three-point shooter and a great kid. We couldn't be more excited to have him as a part of our program."
Bryce Nickels transfers to Florida College after previously playing at NCAA Division I Youngstown State University. Nickels averaged 13.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game at Steinbrenner High School in Tampa, Florida. He was ranked number 64 of ESPN's Power Forwards in the nation. "Medically, Bryce has gone through so much," Todd said. "He is a fantastic young man and we are thrilled to have him join our family. He is a skilled defender, great communicator, and has a nice set of offensive tools as well."