Texas State head men’s basketball coach Doug Davalos announced that J.B. Conley, Dylan Hale and Uriel Segura have signed to play for the Bobcats in 2009-10.”All three of these players have the same characteristics,” Davalos said. “They have wonderful parents who will make my job easier from day one. They also are versatile players who can play multiple positions in our program and are an ideal fit in our up-tempo system. They also are good students who are serious about earning their degrees.”
Conley is a 6-5, sophomore forward at Temple Junior College, where he was named a North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference All-Conference First-Team selection and the NTJCAC Freshman of the Year after averaging 13 points and six rebounds per game. He led the Leopards to a 27-3 record and the Region V Semifinals in 2007-08. He went to Temple after earning All-District First-Team and All-Region Third Team honors at Richardson High School in Dallas, where he averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior and was an AAU teammate of current Bobcats Cameron Johnson and Jonathan Sloan in 2006-07. He was ranked among the Top 40 high school players in the State of Texas as a senior.
“J.B. is a combo forward who is in the same mold of Brandon Bush in that he can help us from many positions next year,” Davalos said. “He was a post player in high school so he knows how to play with his back to the basket. He has been more of small forward at Temple, and has improved his outside shot and face-up skills. We think that J.B. can be a really good rebounder and defensive player for us. He also will be one of our strongest and most athletic players.”
Hale is a 6-1 guard at Washburn High School in Minneapolis, Minn., after earning All-Conference First-Team honors as a junior at St. Paul Central High School. He averaged 17.1 points per game as a junior and set school records for the most points score in a game with 39 and most points scored in a half with 26. His AAU team won the 2008 National AAU Tournament that was held in Kingwood, Texas.
“Dylan is a left-handed guard who is very athletic and takes a lot of pride in being a defensive stopper,” Davalos said. “He is a young player who just turned 17, and we feel that he can develop into an outstanding shooter who can give us a scoring and defense as he matures. He is one of the few players we have signed from outside the State of Texas, and we feel like he could develop into special player like the other out of state players in our program, Brent Benson and John Rybak.”
Segura is a 6-3 combo guard who is playing his sophomore season at McLennan Community College after playing in 25 games as a freshman at Wisconsin-Green Bay. He went to Wisconsin-Green Bay after he was a two-time All-Conference player at Weslaco High School. He averaged 19.4 points, 9.4 assists and 4.5 steals per game as a senior when he was ranked among the Top 40 players in the State of Texas during 2006-07. He led Weslaco to a 30-win season and its first appearance in the Class 5A Regional tournament for the first time in school history during his senior season. He was named the Valley Morning Star’s All-Valley MVP and earned the Mr. Basketball Award from the Rio Grande Valley Coaches Association. He played AAU basketball with current Bobcat Ty Gough.
“Uriel is an extremely intelligent floor leader who is an outstanding passer and playmaker,” Davalos said. “He makes good decisions as a pick and roll player. With two years of college basketball under his belt, he has become a much better defensive player and is a complete guard now.”
“He is a 6-3 guard who passes first and shoots the ball well. In our system, he can play both guard positions because he can shoot and handle the basketball. He will allow us to have two point guards playing at the same time.”
Davalos is counting on these three players to help offset the losses of seniors Brandon Bush, Brent Benson, Corey Jefferson and Dylan Moseley. Bush, Benson and Jefferson have started each of Texas State’s first three games this season and have led the Bobcats to a 2-1 record.
by Rick Poulter
Texas State Athletics