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ACU men's basketball adds two more transfers

Published On: May 09 2013 09:30:31 PM CDT
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ABILENE, Texas -

ACU men's basketball coach Joe Golding announced Thursday the addition of two more transfers for the 2013-14 roster.

Guard LaDarrien Williams and combo forward James Pegues have both agreed to transfer to ACU to play out the remainder of their respective collegiate careers.  Pegues comes to ACU from Independence (Kan.) Community College and will have three seasons left to play, while Williams comes to ACU from Coastal Bend Junior College and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Williams is a 6-0 point guard who started at the position the last two years for head coach Larry Mendez.  A graduate of Austin Manor High School, Williams was a second team all-East Texas Junior College Conference selection in 2012-13.

As a sophomore he averaged 14 points, six rebounds and three assists per game and shot 47 percent from the field, including 38 percent from 3-point range.

"LD is a winner," Golding said. "He went to Coastal Bend and was well-coached there by Larry Mendez.  LD took a program that really didn't have much of a history of winning and led it to back-to-back appearances in the conference tournament.  He was a quarterback in high school, so I like the idea that he'll bring that mentality to the floor for our team."

Pegues is a 6-5 combo forward who was a Texas top-100 player as a senior at Arlington Oak Ridge High School.  As a senior at Oak Ridge, he was named Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Class 5A all-state after averaging 22 points, 10 rebounds and two steals per game.

Last season he played at Independence for head coach Patrick Nee where he averaged 11 points and eight rebounds per game and shot 47 percent from the field and 74 percent from the free throw line.  He scored a season-high 22 points against Fort Scott and grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds against Highlands Community College.  He scored in double figures in 16 of 31 games and had double-digit rebound totals in 10 games.

"The most important thing about James is that he'll have three years with us," Golding said. "He's very athletic with a great basketball IQ. He'll help us next season get the ball to the rim, and, more importantly, to the free throw line.  We recruited him out of high school, and we're glad to be getting him now."

Information for this story provided by ACU Athletics.