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Early signing period snapshot: Atlantic Sun

Brian Thomas
14, Nov 2016

Early signing period snapshot: Atlantic Sun

  1. NJIT
    David Kachelries, PG
    Zach Cooks, PG
    Shawndale Jones, CG
    Izaiah Brockington, SG
    SanAntonio Brinson, F
  2. North Florida
    Brian Coffey, PG
    Wes Morgan, SG
    Ryan Burkhardt, SG
  3. Florida Gulf Coast
    Brian Thomas, PF
  4. Jacksonville
    Jayln Hinton, SG
    JD Notae, SG
    Corey Romich, SG
  5. Stetson
    Christiaan Jones, SG
    Keith Matthews, SF
    Kenny Aninye, PG
  6. Lipscomb
    Ahsan Asadullah, C
    Greg Jones, SG

Best scorer: JD Notae, Jacksonville
Best rebounder: Brian Thomas, FGCU
Best defender: Brian Thomas, FGCU
Biggest impact: Brian Thomas, FGCU 
Best shooter: Wes Morgan, North Florida
Best passer: Brian Coffey, North Florida
Biggest sleeper: Keith Matthews, Stetson

The 2017 recruiting class for the Atlantic Sun has a theme - good guards are coming into the conference. Only six schools signed players early. We take a look at some of the notables that inked during the early signing period.  

NJIT, a newcomer to the Atlantic Sun, checks in at the top of our class rankings. At the low-major level, mixing quality and quantity is crucial for year-to-year success and overall improvement. NJIT won 20 games last year and made it to the CIT semifinals. 

Zach Cooks, the co-MVP of the 2016 Best of the South, was a score from Atlanta. The Highlanders came to the heart of Atlantic Sun territory and snagged an aggressive scoring point guard with plenty of experience. 

Combo guard Shawndale Jones from the Kiski School in Pennsylvania could be the steal of the class. He’s a big time producer in the backcourt and should be an immediate impact player at NJIT. 

After a year of prep school, Augusta, Georgia native SanAntonio Brinson jumped on a scholarship with the Highlanders. The long 6-foot-8 forward has a high ceiling and could develop into a sleeper in the league. 

Stetson went to South Carolina and snagged a couple of quality players from the Palmetto State. Christiaan Jones and Keith Matthews, teammates on the Carolina Wolves, jumped on board with the Hatters. Marietta (GA) Wheeler guard Kenny Aninye also signed with Corey Williams’s program. 

North Florida added a seasoned point guard in Brian Coffey from Atlanta’s Shiloh High School and a good shooter in Wes Morgan from North Carolina. Both players have logged plenty of quality minutes on the travel and high school circuits for good teams. They will be battle-tested when they show up to play for Matt Driscoll. 

Florida Gulf Coast landed the prize recruit of the conference when Marietta (GA) Kell big man Brian Thomas (pictured above) decided Dunk City was his future college home. The 6-foot-8 forward is a terrific shot-blocker, one of the best in the Southeast, and a terrific rebounder. He has the ability to dominate the boards and as a shot-blocker. There is potential for him to be a league leader in both categories during his career. 

JD Notae Jacksonville can knock down buckets with the best of them. The Newton (GA) shooting guard could be a multi-year starter for the Dolphins and enters the league as the best incoming scorer in the conference. 

Lipscomb stole a good one out of Atlanta when North Clayton big man Ahsan Asadullah signed with the Bison. He’s one of the better big men coming into the league. 

Justin Young

Justin Young has been the editor-in-chief of since 2013. He manages the day-to-day operations on the site and in conjunction with our national and regional events. He was the national basketball editor for and a contributing editor at Yahoo! Sports. Young has been earned numerous awards for his work in sports journalism, including the Georgia Press Association Columnist of the Year. His Justin Young Basketball recruiting service has been in existence since 2002 and worked with over 300 schools from all levels. He is the director of HoopSeen Elite Preview camps and our national Preview camp series. 

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