HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University head men’s basketball coach Josh Schertz has announced the addition of forwards Nicksen Blanc and Emanuel Terry for the 2014-15 season. Also, women’s head basketball coach Roger Hodge announced that forward Megan Pittman is transferring from Coastal Carolina to join the Lady Railsplitters.
Blanc is a 6-6, 235-pound power forward hailing from Port Charlotte High School in Florida, where he was a four-year varsity team member.
“We are so excited about Nicksen,” Schertz said. “He is as physically strong and aggressive as any incoming player we’ve had here. He is a terrific rebounder who goes after every ball. He’s a high energy guy that has an unbelievable motor. We have had a lot of success with true big men and Nicksen is a perfect fit for what we do and how we play.”
During his stay at Port Charlotte High, Blanc was a two-time Charlotte Sun Player of the Year as well as a Third Team 6A All-State selection after dropping 16 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game during his senior season.
Listed at 6-8 and 205 pounds, Terry was a second team All-State selection and a three-time All-Country recipient at Cleveland High School (Ala.) after ripping off over 1,000 points, 1,000 boards and 250 blocks in his career.
“He in my opinion has a chance to be as good as any player we’ve recruited,” Schertz said. “He is long but what I like most about Emanuel is that he is tough. I think he will adjust well to the physical play of the college game, especially when he gets into the weight room.”
Terry averaged a double-double in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14, wrapping up his senior season averaging 18.7 points, 14.4 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game.
“At 17 years old he is 6-8 with a combination of athleticism and skills that make him a very unique talent,” Schertz continued. “His potential is untapped and I think he’s just now starting to figure it out and get confidence. The way we play we can move him around and he made me a much better coach when he put his name on the dotted line.”
Pittman is a 5-11 forward originally hailing from Liberty, Kentucky and Casey County High School, but she has spent the past two seasons at Coastal Carolina University. After redshirting her freshman season (2012-13), Pittman averaged 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in 30 appearances for the Chanticleers. Pittman recorded double-figures nine times including a career-high 19 points against Liberty, while also racking up a career-high 13 rebounds against Gardner-Webb.
“Megan is a perfect fit for what our priorities were in this class,” Hodge said. “We needed a post with perimeter skills that could also provide a physical presence on the interior and she is just that.
“Megan is also a great student and she made a great impression on our current players with her character and personality. I expect her to make an immediate impact for LMU Basketball on the floor, in the classroom, and in the locker room. She is a special young lady and we feel fortunate that she will be a Lady ‘Splitter for the next three years.”
Prior to her stead at Coastal Carolina, Pittman had a prolific prep career at Casey County High, where she finished as a member of the 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound club. For her career she averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds per game on a gaudy 54 percent mark from the field. Her senior season was especially productive as she tallied 22 points and 12 rebounds per game before suffering a season-ending injury. She was named the Region 12 Player of the Year and a Danville Advocate All-Area First Team selection as a junior.