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Lindenwood Lynx add nine to basketball team, six local

Lindenwood-Belleville men’s basketball coach Vincent Meninno added nine new players to his roster.
Lindenwood-Belleville men’s basketball coach Vincent Meninno added nine new players to his roster.

The Lindenwood University-Belleville head men’s basketball coach Vincent Meninno has announced the signing of nine new players, including six from the St. Louis region.

Jahkeal Samuel, Rodarius Mitchell, Fermin Jeff, Jake Hall, Reagan Snider, Brenden Gillman, Ernest Docker, JC Moll, and Jaron Gaston will join Meninno’s team in time for the coming basketball season.

”We are very excited about our recruiting class this year,” Meninno said. “Rebuilding a program takes time and we are committed to doing it the right way with quality people as well as quality basketball players. We feel that this class is a great mix of experienced players who will contribute right away as well several key building blocks for the future.”

Jeff, a 6-2 guard from St. Louis joins the Lynx after spending the last two seasons at Shawnee Community College. Jeff graduated from Ritenour High School in 2016 after leading the Huskies in scoring at 17.4 points per game. At Shawnee, he averaged 6.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.7 assists.

Hall, a 6-7 center from Collinsville will be a freshman after finishing his prep career at Marquette Catholic in Alton this year. Hall helped lead the Explorers to a 29-1 record his senior season. They ultimately fell the in region championship game to Columbia. While at Marquette, Hall averaged 13.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.

Snider, a 5-11 guard from Alton also will be joining the Lynx as a freshman from Marquette. In addition to averaging 12 points, three rebounds, and five assists, Snider was named to the State Farm scholar athlete team for Illinois.

Gillmann, a 6-3 guard from Oakville, Missouri played his prep career at Oakville High School where he lead the Tigers in points, rebounds, assists, and field goal percentage during his senior season. Gillmann averaged 18.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.4 assists while shooting 43.4 percent from the field.

Moll, a 5-10 guard from Pinckneyville will join the Lynx as a freshman for the 2018-2019 season. He finished his prep career at Pinckneyville High School by leading the Panthers to the IHSA Final Four during the 2017-2018 season. Moll averaged 13.3 points, two rebounds, and 3.7 assists while shooting 46 percent from 3-point range. Moll was selected to the Illinois High School Basketball Coaches Association All-State team each of the last two years.

Gaston, of Murphysboro, is a 5-10 guard who will join the Lynx as a freshman. For the Red Devils, he averaged 17 points, three rebounds, and five assists his senior year.

Samuel, a 6-3 guard from Tampa, Florida will be a senior athletically for the upcoming season. He spent the 2017-2018 season at Florida College in Tampa, where he played in all 29 games, starting 11. He averaged 7.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists, all while shooting 44.2 percent from 3-point range.

Mitchell, a 6-2 guard from Covington, Georgia will join the Lynx as a junior from Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon. Last season Mitchell averaged 6.7 points, two rebounds, and 1.5 assists.

Docker, a 6-5 forward from Sydney, Australia will be joining the Lynx as a freshman. He attended the Shore School in Sydney where he averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds, and was twice selected to the GPS All-Conference Team.