Lawson State Men's Basketball

Lawson State Community College Cougars Men’s Basketball

2013-14 Season Outlook

The Lawson State Cougars will enter the 2013-2014 Season with new faces. The new head coach, Matthew “Mike” Smith, a long time Division I assistant, brings a wealth of experience and a fresh approach to the Cougars Basketball Program.  Coach Smith has coached at Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State, Mississippi Valley State, and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Centenary College and Southeastern Louisiana University.  While in Division I, Coach Smith recruited countless Junior College players.  He was part of three Conference Championships and two trips to post season play, including the NCAA tournament.  Coach Smith brings great enthusiasm and passion for teaching his players to compete on and off the floor.  Assisting Coach Smith will be Deddric Tarver, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach and Brian Miller, Volunteer Coach.  They will blend their experience to contribute to a successful program.  

Khalil Davis (Grandview High School); Robert Houston (Craigmont High School); Gerald Maddox (transferred from Itawamba Community College); Keith Middleton (Wenonah High School); Chase Sadler (Wenonah High School); DeMarco Dansby (Wenonah High School) and Corey Ricks (transferred from University of North Alabama) will add strength and experience to the team.  Da’Shaun Griffin (Christian Faith Center Academy); Xavier Johnson (Princeton Day Academy); DeShon Bayless (Laurel High School); Antero Rodgers (Vincent High School) and Tommy Beaubrum (Palm Beach Central High School) will contribute to helping the Cougars get off to a great start.  JaCorey Archie (Minor High School); Lewis Jemison, III, (Minor High School) and Jirus Horton (Shades Valley High School) will round out a team eager to learn with tremendous potential.The expectation of these Cougars is continual improvement throughout the season.  They will compete together and learn to be a successful team, with great attitude and effort.  The Cougars will compete from "buzzer to buzzer" by playing with great focus; great energy; solid discipline and good fundamentals.