HUNTSVILLE - Head coach Jason Hooten and his staff have added another addition for the upcoming Sam Houston State men’s basketball season by signing Wallace State Community College-Hanceville’s Demarkus Lampley, a first-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American selection.
The Bearkats claimed their first Southland Conference championship under Hooten during the 2018-19 season by going 21-12, their fifth 20-win campaign in the past six seasons. Sam Houston State also earned a berth to the postseason NIT.
Demarkus Lampley • G • 6-2 • 170 • Phenix City, Ala. • Central HS/Wallace State-Hanceville CC
As a sophomore, Lampley was the second-leading scorer in the country by averaging 26.6 points and six rebounds per game for Wallace State-Hanceville. He was also the leading scorer in the Alabama Community College Conference.
He shot 42.5 percent from behind the 3-point line and a conference-best 89.9 percent from the free-throw line.
In addition to being selected as a NJCAA All-American, Lampley was named the 2019 ACCC/Region 22 Player of the Year, the ACCC North Division Player of the Year and was a first-team selection to both the All-ACCC North Division and All-Region 22 teams. He was named the Alabama Sports Writer’s Association Player of the Year, which goes to the top community college athlete in the state regardless of sport.
“We are extremely excited to add DeMarkus and his family to ours,” Hooten said. “DeMarkus had an incredible year for Coach (John) Meeks at Wallace State. Being the second-leading scorer in the country and making 102 3’s at 43 percent says a lot about the player.
“We really lost a lot of scoring punch and shooting off this year’s team and felt like DeMarkus could come in right away and fill that void.”