Nov. 11, 1999
NEW ORLEANS - Once again, Tulane men's basketball coach Perry Clark displayed his ability to recruit top-50 talent, as he announced Thursday that three highly-rated student-athletes have signed National Letters-of-Intent to attend the school and compete for the Green Wave. They will join the team in the fall of 2000.
David Hawkins, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound, guard from Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., averaged 24.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists last season for coach Carroll Holmes. He is rated as the No. 48 prep recruit in the nation by FastBreak Recruiting service.
Wayne Tinsley, a 6-foot-5, 218-pound, guard/forward from the Salisbury School in Salisbury, Conn., averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists last season to earn all-New England honors. He helped Salisbury to a 17-9 record as a junior for coach Chris Hinkley. Tinsley also earned all-New England honors as a sophomore, averaging 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He was an ABCD camp all-star last summer.
"In order to get back to postseason play, I felt we had to bring in wing players that could play our style and were athletic enough offensively to take over games," said Clark. "I feel that David (Hawkins) and Wayne (Tinsley) give us as good a pair of freshmen wing players as anybody in the nation."
George Brown, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound, center from Overton High School in Nashville, Tenn., averaged 15.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots last season for Victory Christian High School in Charlotte, N.C. Brown helped Victory Christian to the North Carolina Class A Private School State Championship and earned all-tournament honors. He was an all-conference performer as a junior and earned all-tournament honors in two in-season tournaments.
"George give us size and scoring ability inside to be a factor in Conference USA," said Clark. "He is a solid post player with great potential."
Tulane, who finished 12-15 last season, opens the 1999-2000 regular season on Thursday, Nov. 17 against Fordham in the Preseason NIT. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the New Orleans Arena.