Patriot men announce signing of newcomers
Francis Marion University men’s basketball coach Gary Edwards recently announced the addition of four new players for the upcoming 2021-22 season, including a pair of brothers and two junior college transfers. FMU will gain the services of 6-8 graduate transfer Nieja Jordan and 6-8 freshman forward-center Nari Jordan, both of Jacksonville, Fla., as well as 6-7 forward Yohan-Steve Yebga of Saint-Mard, France, and 6-2 guard Tionne Rollins of Tallahassee, Fla.
Nieja Jordan played four seasons (82 contests) at Florida Tech in the rugged Sunshine State Conference. During the abbreviated 2020-21 season, he averaged 6.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. He owns a career field goal percentage of 49.8 percent.
He is a graduate of the Providence School, where he played for coach Jim Martin. He averaged ten points and eight rebounds as a senior on a squad that won the 2017 district title.
Nari Jordan is a product of the Paxon School for Advanced Studies, where he played for Coach Toby Frazier. He played in 23 games as a senior and helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 20-8 record.
Yebga comes to FMU after playing one year at Hillsborough Community College in Florida. This past season, he averaged 4.6 points and 3.1 rebounds, while shooting 49.3 percent from the floor in 19 games.
He was a member of the U18 French national team in 2019, and played on the squad that captured the 2016 U15 French National League title.
Rollins played last season at Polk State College in Florida, averaging 11.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. He also drained 36.3 percent of his three-point attempts and shot 79.2 percent at the foul line.
He played his freshman season at Division I Purdue University Fort Wayne. Appearing in 30 games for the Mastodons, he tallied 2.0 points and 0.9 rebounds per contest.
The 2021-22 FMU squad will open its season on Nov. 13 at home against Johnson & Wales University.