Bowling Green, Ky. — Western Kentucky University head basketball coach Darrin Horn announced Wednesday the signing of three incoming freshmen to National Letters-of-Intent. The trio of Bryan Narcisse (pronounced NARR-siss), Ronald Nored and Jameson Tipping will enroll in school in the fall and have four years of eligibility.
A 6-foot-7, 190-pound native of North Augusta, S.C., Narcisse averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals per game last winter for North Augusta High. He was selected first-team all-region and all-area, and was voted team most valuable player as his efforts helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the class 4A state playoffs.
Narcisse has lettered for three seasons at NAHS entering his senior year.
“Bryan is an exceptional athlete who will thrive in our style of play because of his versatility,” Horn stated. “He has the potential to be an outstanding defender because of his length and athleticism. What’s so exciting about Bryan is that he just turned 17 and his best basketball is ahead of him. We are confident that with his outstanding work ethic and ability he will be an excellent addition to our program.”
Nored, a 6-foot, 170-pound Homewood, Ala., native, ranks ninth on the Birmingham News’ Super Dozen list entering his final campaign, and he has been rated as high as 83rd among the ESPN 150. Last year, he averaged 14 points, five rebounds and 5.2 assists per game in leading Homewood High in each category as well as steals. His efforts helped the Patriots finish 24-8 overall while claiming the area championship.
A three-year letterwinner, Nored is set to join the school’s 1,000-point club his final season.
“Ronald is a true point guard who is also an outstanding defensive guard. He is a leader that makes everyone around him better and brings great toughness to your team,” commented Horn. “He is a crucial component of this class because of our need at that position. He was our number one priority from back in the spring, and we are thrilled to have a young man of his ability and character join our Hilltopper family.”
Tipping is playing his senior season at Bradenton (Fla.) Christian School, the same institution that produced current Hilltopper freshman D.J. Magley — he’s actually being coached by Magley’s father, Dave. In his first appearance for the Panthers, Tipping recorded 21 points and nine rebounds in an exhibition game against Port Charlotte High School.
A 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard who originally hails from Orangeville, Ontario, Tipping has played the last three years at the IMG Academy in Bradenton. As a junior, he averaged 14 points and six rebounds per contest while playing not just against other high school, but college freshmen and junior varsity programs.
“Jameson is a big-time shooter with a tremendous feel for the game. Combine that with the fact that he is 6-foot-5, long and athletic, and its obvious that he’s a great fit for our program,” Horn said. “His signing helps shore up our depth at the wing position with the loss of Courtney and Ty. He is just now beginning to scratch the surface of his potential, and will continue to make strides during his time on the Hill.”
The three will join a program that has won 67 contests over the last three seasons and has participated twice in national postseason play during that span.