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Savannah State Men's Basketball Inks Five

CoachJuly 3, 2008
SAVANNAH, Ga- Savannah State men's basketball coach Horace Broadnax announces the signing of five scholarship student-athletes to play basketball for the Tigers. Inking letters-of-intent were Mark St. Fort, Arnold Louis, Rashad Hassan, Josh Smith and Glen Izevbigie.

St. Fort, Louis, Hassan and Smith will all enter SSU directly from high school while Izevbigie comes from the junior college ranks.

Forwards St. Fort and Louis both come from Hardee High School in Wachula, Florida where they led their team to three regional playoff appearances. St. Fort (6-6, 195) averaged 21 points a game, 15 rebounds and five blocks as a senior. St. Fort was named the 2007 Heartland Player of the Year, 2008
FACA District Player of the Year and played in the 2008 FACA All-Star Game. St. Fort also made the 2007 Big Blue Holiday, 2008 Alonso Holiday and the 2008 Jesuit Invitational all-tournament teams.

Louis (6-7, 187) averaged 21 points a game, 14 rebounds and two blocks as a senior. Louis received the 2008 Hardee High Coaches Award and was named to the 2008 Alonso Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team.

Hassan (6-7, 190) played at Riverdale High School in Riverdale, Georgia. As a senior he averaged 22.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while leading Riverdale to the Elite Eight in the state AAAA playoffs. A member of the National Beta Club and the National Honor Society of High School Scholars,
Hassan was named to the Southern Cresent Newspaper First Team, Second Team All-State AAAA, Riverdale Offensive Player of the Year, Scholar Athlete and played in the Southern Cresent All-Star Game.

Smith (6-5) is a guard/forward averaged 12 points and seven rebounds for Johnson High School in Savannah, Georgia in his senior year. While helping Johnson earn a trip to the state playoffs, Smith won all-region honors and was a honorable mention for the All-Greater Savannah Team.

Izevbigie (6-10, 240) comes to SSU from Garrett Community College in McHenry, Maryland where he averaged 10.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. A two-year starter at Garrett, Izevbigi led the team in rebounding and overall field goal percentage at 52.5 percent. Academically, the London, England native had the highest grade point average on the team with a 3.6 while majoring in engineering and received the Male Academic Athlete of the Year Award. Izevbigi earned second team Region XX Division 1 honors during the 2007-08 season.