ROLLA, Mo. – Missouri S&T men's basketball coach Jim Glash has announced the addition of seven new members of the men's basketball program that will play for the Miners in the 2018-19 season.
The seven newcomers are Jordan Newt, a guard from Malibu, Calif.; Nikola Andric, a forward from Uzice, Serbia; CJ Hedgepeth, a guard from Evansville, Ind.; Yahmir Muhammad, a guard from Rockford, Ill.; Nathan Elmer, a guard from Nixa, Mo.; Kyle Bushman, a forward from Mount Vernon, Mo.; Mitchell Fairless, a guard from St. Charles, Mo.
Newt played for two seasons at Pierce College in California, where as a sophomore he averaged a team-high 20.7 points per game and shot 43.9 percent from three-point range – connecting on 104-of-237 attempts from beyond the arc. In addition, Newt averaged 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per contest and also made 51 steals. In his freshman season, he averaged 10.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and three assists per game, while shooting 38.7 percent from three-point range – making 48 shots from long range – and made 82.9 percent of his free throw attempts.
He earned all-conference honors in the Western State-South Conference in the California Community College Athletic Association in each of the last two seasons.
Andric and Hedgepeth played during the 2017-18 season at Vincennes University in Indiana under former Missouri S&T assistant coach Todd Franklin, while the other four newcomers will be entering their freshman season with the Miners.
Andric, a 6-6, 225-pound forward, averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game and shot 53 percent from the field last season at Vincennes, which finished fourth in the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament. He appeared in 50 games over two seasons at Vincennes and averaged nearly three points per contest as a freshman while shooting 65.9 percent from the floor.
Hedgepeth, a 6-0, 180-pound guard from Harrison High School, scored 5.8 points per game while adding 3.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game and blocked 11 shots during the 2017-17 season, which followed a freshman season where he averaged 5.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game with 69 assists.
Muhammad, a 6-0, 145-pound guard from Auburn High School, played both the point and shooting guard positions at the high school level, where he averaged 16.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.3 steals per game as a senior. He shot 42 percent from the field and 78 percent at the free throw line during the course of the season. During his junior year, Mohammad averaged just under nine points per game and dished out 3.4 assists per contest; he averaged 9.7 points a game during his 92 games at the varsity level with a 1.19-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
He was named honorable mention all-state following the 2017-18 season, one in which Auburn won a regional championship and was a first-team selection on the NIC-10's all-conference team.
Elmer, a 6-0, 175-pound guard from Nixa High School, also played the point and shooting guard spots during his prep career. He earned first-team all-district as well as second-team all-conference laurels in the Central Ozarks Conference. As a junior, Elmer averaged 6.8 points per game and shot nearly 40 percent from three-point range.
Bushman, a 6-7, 180-pound forward from Mount Vernon High School, averaged 15 points per game in the 2017-18 season and in the process, earned all-state honors in Missouri Class 3 from the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association. He was also selected to the all-district and all-Big 8 Conference first team after his senior year, following a junior season in which he averaged seven points and three blocked shots per contest.
Fairless, a 6-5, 180-pound forward from Duchesne High School, averaged 18 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 59 percent from the field during his senior year and was an all-state and all-conference selection. In his junior year, Fairless averaged 14.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest while shooting 61.3 percent from the floor. Fairless also competed in track & field and won the Missouri Class 3 state championship in the high jump with a clearance of 6-10.