The Northern Arizona men's basketball team officially added a pair of junior college transfers to its roster for the 2018-19 season, head coach Jack Murphy announced on Wednesday.
Joining the Lumberjacks are guards Davon Bolton and Ted McCree, each of whom played key roles on their teams during their junior college careers. Each player will enter NAU with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Bolton, who was recognized as an honorable mention All-America junior college choice last season, is a 6-2 guard out of Eastern Arizona College. A native of Seattle, Bolton played his high school hoops at Cleveland High School and led the Eagles to a No. 9 ranking in the state of Washington during his senior season.
"Davon Bolton is a big-time shooter who connected on 38 percent of his 3-point attempts this past season despite the fact that defenses were geared to stop him," Murphy said. "He can score from the perimeter and has a solid mid-range game. He is the type of guard we haven't had the last few years in that he can create his own shot. We couldn't be more excited to have Davon join the Lumberjack program."
Bolton is a proven scorer who can fill the basket from all areas of the floor. He recorded more than 1,000 points during his two-year career at Eastern Arizona while averaging 19.6 points per game and a 37.5 percent clip from beyond the arc during his sophomore season. He scored double-digit points in 25 of 30 games in 2017-18, including 16 contests with 20 or more.
As a freshman, Bolton tallied 18.2 points per game and shot 42 percent from long distance as well as 81 percent from the free-throw line. He posted a 42 percent clip from the field overall during his two junior college seasons.
McCree, a 6-4 guard, spent the last two seasons at Gillette College in Wyoming and helped guide the Pronghorns to the Region IX title in each of the past two seasons, including a 27-5 mark in 2017-18. A native of Detroit, McCree played his prep career at Orchard Lake St. Mary's High School (Michigan) and Westwind Prep in Phoenix.
"Ted McCree is an outstanding 3-point shooter with a developing perimeter game," Murphy said. "We feel like he can do some things that he hasn't even shown yet and has a real high ceiling."
During his sophomore season at Gillette in 2017-18, McCree posted a 17.0 points per game scoring average while shooting 49.6 percent overall from the field, including a 38.7 percentage from long distance. He tallied double-digit points in 23 of 27 games and shot 80 percent from the charity stripe.
As a freshman in 2016-17, McCree averaged 14.0 while helping lead Gillette to the second round of the NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship and a 32-4 record. He shot a solid 43.6 clip from 3 while averaging 2.3 treys made per game.
"Both of these players are pretty big signings for us," said Lumberjacks assistant coach Wes Pifer said. "Ted (McCree) is probably as good a player as we have signed since I have been here. We are really excited about his future. He can score at all three levels. He is a fantastic kid that comes from a really good family and also a winning program. I think that was really big for us in that both Davon (Bolton) and Ted (McCree) each come from successful programs that have a great winning culture."
Bolton and McCree join incoming freshmen Keith Haymon and Cameron Shelton, who each inked National Letters of Intent in November, as part of NAU's 2018-19 signing class.
Northern Arizona women's tennis sophomore Chiara Tomasetti was named Big Sky Athlete of the Week Wednesday afternoon thanks to going undefeated against Utah State, Idaho State and Weber State.
The reigning Big Sky newcomer of the year recorded a 6-0 record across singles and doubles.
"Chiara had one of the best weekends yet this season," said Lumberjacks head coach Maciej Bogusz. "She is growing as a leader and gives everyone on the team a lot of confidence."
Northern Arizona started its three-match week on the road against the Utah State Aggies, where the Jacks shut out their Mountain West opponent 4-0. Tomasetti paired with freshman Madi Moore to clinch the doubles point 6-2 before defeating Aggies' Sasha Pisareva 6-3, 6-4.
Tomasetti continued her success against Idaho State, where she clinched the doubles point 6-4 with Moore for the second time on the weekend. She also clinched singles against Huibre-Mare Botes 6-2, 6-4 to contribute to an overall 6-1 win against the Bengals.
The Germany native finished the weekend against the Weber State Wildcats, with the Lumberjacks pulling off a 6-1 victory on the road.
Tomasetti contributed her third clinch in doubles 6-2 with Moore before defeating WSU's Caitlin Herb 6-2, 6-4.
Tomasetti's performance this weekend helped the Jacks solidify the No. 1 seed in the Big Sky Conference tournament, clinch the regular-season championship title for the third straight year and improve their 32 straight regular-season winning streak.
This is Tomasetti's third Athlete of the Week honor, second this season.
Northern Arizona increased to 16-3 overall and 10-0 in the Big Sky and will compete in its final home match of the season Friday against North Dakota. The match is set for 1 p.m. in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex.