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Posted on Tue, May 11, 2010 : 3:50 p.m.

Eastern Michigan basketball signs two junior-college players

By Staff

The Eastern Michigan men's basketball team has signed two junior-college recruits to national letters of intent for its 2010 class, according to

Darrell Lampley of Linden, N.J. and Kenny Stewart of Williamsport, Pa. are joining the Eagles, with two and three years of eligibility remaining, respectively.

"We are thrilled to have both Darrell and Kenny joining us as the newest members of our basketball family," EMU coach Charles Ramsey said in a written statement.

The 5-foot-10 Lampley is a native of Linden H.S. in Linden, N.J. where he helped lead his team to two consecutive state championships and a 30-3 overall record in his senior year. He enrolled at St. Peter’s College in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. where he averaged 10.0 points and 1.9 rebounds as a freshman in 2007-08.

After his freshman season at St. Peter’s, Lampley transferred to Lakeland (Ohio) Community College for the 2008-09 season and after sitting out a year, averaged 17.9 points, sixth in the conference, a league-leading 6.8 assists and was fourth in steals at 2.7 per game in 2009-10. He earned a S.T.A.R. academic honor with a 3.0 GPA last year at Lakeland.

The 6-foot-7 Stewart is a native of Williamsport, Pa. and graduated from Notre Dame Prep after averaging 10 points, five rebounds and two assists per game. He was the recipient of a Student-Athlete Award as a senior.

Stewart than played one season at Weatherford Community College in Weatherford, Texas, where he averaged 8.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists during the 2009-10 season while playing for Head Coach Dave Donnelly.

The two players join an EMU program that continues to improve in the Mid-American Conference, finishing in a tie for second in the West Division at 8-8 while posting a 17-15 overall mark in 2009-10.



Wed, May 12, 2010 : 8:19 a.m.

I wouldn't say that EMU men's basketball needs everything - not in the way EMU football does. They're not an NCAA tournament-caliber team (at least not yet) but they're definitely in the mix in the MAC. A couple juco recruits could help them move up toward the top of the MAC.