Trojans add basketball player

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    A 6-3 guard, Sutherland averaged 10.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season to help South Plains College to an 18-11 record. A two-time WJCAC All-Conference honorable mention selection, Sutherland scored a season-high 22 points off 11-of-20 shooting against No. 24 McLennan Community College in the Region V Tournament and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against Weatherford College. He started 28 of 29 games last season at SPC and ended the year ranked second on the team in rebounding and steals (44), while shooting 46.8 percent from the field.


    "Tramar is a very mentally tough basketball player who brings a high basketball IQ to the floor. He has proven over the past two years, in a really good junior college league, that he can be a solid lock-down defender, who can defend multiple positions," said Shields. "I'm excited about the addition of Tramar. I think he brings a mentality to our team that's definitely needed."


    Sutherland appeared in all 31 games with 14 starts as a freshman, averaging 5.1 and 4.5 rebounds per game to earn WJCAC All-Conference honorable mention accolades for the first time. He shot 50.0 percent from the field as a freshman (60-of-120), and scored a season-high 17 points against Midland.


    An honor roll student at SPC, Sutherland was a finalist for the school's Glen C. Jones award, given annually to the best overall student-athlete on campus.


    Prior to South Plains College, Sutherland attended Father Henry Carr High School, where he averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for a team that went 37-4 and won the Toronto Catholic District Championship. He also participated in Grassroots Canada's summer program.


    With six players coming in and only two seniors on last year's squad, Shields also confirmed Wednesday that junior guard Ricky Davison, sophomore guards Lionel Foster and Kelson Stewart, and freshman guard Nikola Cicic will not return next season.


    A native of Fort Deposit, Ala., Davison appeared in 28 games with seven starts in his first season at UALR, averaging 5.8 points per game off a school-record 51.4 three-point percentage (36-of-70). A 6-1 guard from Houston, Texas, Foster played in 23 games with 13 starts as a sophomore, averaging 2.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. He ended the year with a team-best 2.02 assist-to-turnover ratio.


    A 6-4 guard from Forrest City, Ark., Stewart averaged 4.4 points per game and shot 45.7 percent from three-point range last season (16-of-35). He scored a season-high 15 points on two occasions, the last of which came against Florida International (1/23/10). A 6-5 guard from Belgrade-Zemun, Serbia, Cicic saw action in 15 games in his first season at UALR, averaging 1.8 points per game with a season-high 10 points against St. Gregory's (11/18/09).


    The departure of Davison, Foster, Stewart and Cicic gets UALR to the NCAA mandated limit of 13 scholarships.


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