2009-06-03 / Sports

Saints add talented recruits

STAFF REPORTS

Limestone guard Michael Barrett will have some backcourt help with the addition of a talented recruiting class. Limestone guard Michael Barrett will have some backcourt help with the addition of a talented recruiting class. Limestone College men's basketball coach Brandon Scott has announced that Joe Raga, James Barton and Kenny Fluellen, Jr. will be joining the Saints for the 2009-10 season.

All three of the newcomers are freshman.

"We are very excited about signing these three athletes to our basketball program," Scott said. "They are quality young men who come from great families. We have addressed big areas of improvement to our basketball team. We needed to add size, shooting and scoring and we have done a great job of that with these three players."

Raga is a 6-foot 5-inch forward from Bloomingdale (Fla.) High School. He averaged 15.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game as a senior. He was selected to the Tampa Bay Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Team. Raga played in the Hillsborough County Senior All-Star game and Hillsborough versus Pinellas County All-Star game. He was also a Second-Team Tribune All- Hillsborough County selection and three-year starter on Bloomingdale's varsity squad.

Raga was named Second-Team All- Conference as a junior and First-Team All-Conference as a senior.

"Joe is a very versatile wing/forward who can really score and pass the basketball," Scott said. "He played for a great coach this year at Bloomingdale and I think Joe is going to have a great four years here at Limestone. I believe he can come in this year and contribute immediately. He is such a hard guy to match up with because of his versatility. Joe can be a great player in our league."

Barton attended Bethel Park (Pa.) High School. He is a 5-foot 11 guard. He was a two-year starter and team captain for his high school team, where he earned MVP honors twice.

He led the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League in scoring for two seasons and was a two-time WPIAL selection.

He helped his team to the 2007 league championship. Barton was chosen to play in the conference All-Star game.

"James can flat out score the basketball," Scott said. "I am extremely excited about getting James on campus in August. He is a tremendous shooter and just understands how to score. He will be able to play both guard positions and his ability to extend the defense will make us a much tougher basketball team to defend. James is such a quality person on and off the court."

Fluellen, a 6-foot 4-inch forward, was a three-year starter at Warner Robins (Ga.) High School where he broke his high school's scoring record last season with 43 points on January 16.

He averaged 22 points per game as a senior while shooting over 40 percent from long range. He was named to the All-Middle Georgia Honorable Mention team.

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