Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Head Basketball Coach Yancey Walker announced two more signings April 21 and one of the names will have a familiar ring to area college and NBA fans.
Quinton Pippen, a 6-4 small forward from Hamburg High School in Hamburg, Ark., and nephew of former Chicago Bulls standout Scottie Pippen, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for the Grizzlies beginning next season.
Pippen averaged 26 points and seven rebounds a game last season for his high school team, Walker said.
"Quinton has a great build for a college basketball player," Walker said. "He has great length and a great ability to rebound the ball. He also has the ability to handle the ball and a nice touch from the outside."
Also joining the team in an official capacity is Kyle Armour, a 6-0 point guard from Perth, Australia, who came on board in Janaury this year as a redshirt freshman. "We are happy to have Kyle for next year," Walker said. "He will be a leader on and off the floor. He is a point guard in the truest sense of the word."
Armour played on the St. Mary's University team with Coach Patrick Mills while at the Australian Institute of Sports, Walker said.
"We are thrilled to add these two young men to our roster for next season," the coach said. "They, too, have shown to possess toughness and character, two traits that are a must to be successful."
Pippen and Armour bring Walker's recruiting class of freshmen to seven.
Last week, he announced five signees on the first official day of the collegiate signing period.
Those five included Dane Lottner, a 6-4 shooting guard from Jacksonville, Ark.; Chris Mason, a 6-1 point guard from Memphis, Tenn.; Twann Oakley, a 6-5 shooting guard from Memphis, Tenn.; Teddy Simniok, a 6-7 wing/forward from Forsyth and his twin brother, Nathane Simniok, a 6-6 forward, also from Forsyth.
For more information about the Grizzly basketball program, visit the team's Web site www.wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/bb.htm.