SWIC adds offense for next year by signing two players

News-DemocratMay 12, 2014 

— Continuing to add depth and perimeter offense, Southwestern Illinois College men's basketball coach Jay Harrington announced on Wednesday he has signed two new recruits.

Raphie Stone, from Shelbyville, Ky., and Daunte Stephens, of Niles, will join the Blue Storm program for the 2014-15 season.

The Kentucky Region 8 high school player of the year this past season, the 6-foot-3 Stone averaged 18 points and three assists for Collins High School. Stone was a teammate of Dez Marshall, who signed with the Blue Storm last month.

"We think Raphie has a chance to be a very good player at the college level,'' Harrington said. "He is a shooting guard and a small forward who can do a little bit of everything. What I like about him is that he can really shoot the basketball from the perimeter.''

The same thing can be said about the 6-2 Stephens, who averaged 25 points and seven assists at Niles North High School this past season.

"Daunte is a point guard who is just a great shooter,'' Harrington said. "But he can do other things as well. He is a player who can handle the basketball and he can penetrate to the basket. But what he does best is shoot the basketball from the perimeter.''

The additions of Stone and Stephens to the Blue Storm program leaves SWIC with four scholarships remaining for the next campaign.

Harrington said he hopes to land two more guards with two of those scholarships.

"We're going after a couple of point guards and another 6-4 to 6-6 kid who can play on the perimeter or go inside. Then we'll go after the best athlete we can find," Harrington said. "We're still looking for some local kids, but honestly there isn't much left.

"We've got six kids signed and we're happy about that. I think that with the kids we've got coming back along with the new kids, we've got a nice mix."

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