MU’s Stone Transfers to SEMO

Courtesy of SEMO Athletics

By Jeff Honza
Southeast Missouri State Sports Information

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.Forward Tyler Stone signed with the Southeast Missouri State men’s basketball program Monday. Stone joins the Redhawks from the University of Missouri.

A native of Memphis, Tenn., Stone stands at 6’7″, 225. He signed a scholarship agreement with Southeast and will have three years of eligibility, beginning in 2011-12.

“We are excited about being able to bring Tyler into our program,” said Redhawks head coach Dickey Nutt. “We recruited him out of high school and felt like we developed a good relationship then. He’s a big, strong and athletic young man which we feel has a tremendous upside. I think his experience in the Big 12 Conference will only enhance his ability to come in and be a big part of this program.”

Stone scored 22 points (1.8 avg.) and grabbed nine rebounds in 12 games for a Missouri team that finished 23-11 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. He missed only six field goals en route to shooting 64.7 percent (11-of-17) on the year.

As a prep, Stone was a two-year starter at Central High School. He earned All-Metro honors in each of his last two seasons and was named All-Area, All-Region and District 16 AAA MVP as a senior. Stone averaged 15 points and eight rebounds per game his senior year.

Redhawks assistant coach Jamie Rosser is from Memphis and had a big hand in getting Stone to Southeast.

“Coach Rosser has strong ties to that area,” said Nutt. “He did an excellent job throughout the recruiting process.”

Stone’s father, James Bradley, played collegiately at the University of Memphis and was a second round draft pick of the Atlanta Hawks (35th Overall) in 1979.

“Tyler comes from an outstanding family,” added Nutt. “We visited their home last year and were disappointed we didn’t get him then. He’ll have to sit out a year, but he’s already made us stronger.”