MONROE, La. -- ULM men’s basketball head coach Keith Richard announced on Wednesday the signing of two student-athletes on the first day of the spring signing period. Joining the Warhawks next season will be junior college big man Evan Sims (Houston, Texas) and junior college guard Chinedu Amajoyi (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.). Richard also announced the addition of his son, Lance Richard (Monroe, La,), who will be joining the program as a walk-on.
“These players, in addition to our four early signees, address several needs in the improvement of our team,” Richard said. “Along with our returnees, we should have a team that makes significant progress in the Sun Belt Conference.”
Sims, a 6-8 power forward, played this past season at Lamar State College in Port Arthur, Texas where he helped the Seahawks to a 21-11 record. “Evan brings some needed size, strength, and athleticism to our frontcourt,” Richard said. “He is a tough, hard-nosed interior player, who plays with a lot of energy.”
Amajoyi, a 6-3 guard, played the past two seasons at Kilgore College in Texas where he led the Rangers to a 27-6 overall record and an East Texas JUCO Conference Championship. Kilgore also advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. “Chin will be a strong, physical guard for us,” Richard said. “He will give us a guard that has the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket, as well as defend the athletic guards in the Sun Belt Conference.”
Richard, a 5-11 guard, has played the last three seasons at Sterlington High School. As a senior, Richard helped the Panthers to a 25-8 record and a second round appearance in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs. “Lance is an outstanding 3-point shooter, with a high basketball IQ,” Richard said. “I am excited about having the opportunity to coach my own son in the same program that I played in.”