SYRACUSE, NY. – August 5, 2010 – The Onondaga Community College men’s basketball program has signed two additional recent high school graduates to National Junior College Athletic Association Letters of Intent. Tommy Moore (Ilion) and Steve Lothridge (East Syracuse-Minoa) have signed National Junior College Athletic Association Letters of Intent to continue their education and basketball careers at Onondaga in 2010-2011. They join previous signees Jesse Gates (Liverpool), Tom Graf (Jordan-Elbridge), and Jordan Prior (Cortland) in the Lazers’ 2010 recruiting class.
Moore, a 5’11” guard, was a three-year varsity starter at Ilion. For his career, he averaged 11.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game. He was a two-time 1st Team All-Center State Conference selection as a junior and a senior, after receiving honorable mention recognition as a sophomore. Moore was also selected to the Zebra Classic Tournament and was the recipient of the Francis Murray Award as Ilion’s most valuable player.
Lothridge, a 6’8” center, played two varsity seasons at East Syracuse-Minoa. He averaged 8.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.0 blocked shots per game in leading the Spartans to the Section III Class A Quarter-Finals. He was the recipient of ESM’s Willard Smith Award.
Moore and Lothridge, along with fellow signees Gates, Graf, and Prior will join seven returnees to form the nucleus of the 2010-2011 team. Returning are point guard Andrew Lucio (Solvay, 5.1 ppg, 4.9 apg), and forwards Heath Stone (Chittenango, 7.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg), Jake Johnson (Tully, 6.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg), and Trevor Jackson (Bay Shore, 1.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg). Forward Scott Cotter (Marcellus), who missed almost all of last season with an injury, and two redshirts, swingman Kevin Corbin (Cicero-North Syracuse) and center Zach Ryan (Liverpool), round out the returnees.
Onondaga will look to extend its streak of 10 consecutive post-season appearances in 2010-2011. Last year, the Lazers won 5 of their last 6 Mid-State Athletic Conference games to finish 3rd in the conference and advance to the conference semi-finals. Onondaga will open the 2010-2011 season on November 6, against Division II Manor College in the opening round of the Northampton Community College Tip-Off Classic in Bethlehem, PA.
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