Aug. 3, 2010
Men’s Basketball Welcomes Lowe, Stewart, Narayan
MARYVILLE, Mo.—Northwest Missouri State head men’s basketball coach Ben McCollum has announced the signings of three student-athletes who look to further their careers in Maryville.
Keith Lowe of Edison Community College (Ohio), Donald Stewart of Vincennes Junior College (Ind.) and Shaneel Narayan of San Jose City Community College (Calif.) are expected to join the team for the 2010-11 season. Lowe and Stewart signed national letters of intent while Narayan signed a scholarship agreement.
“These three are important pieces to our puzzle,” said McCollum. “Each will be fighting for immediate playing time and each fit into the type of high-character kids that have been recruited to Northwest over the years.”
A 6-foot-2-inch guard from Columbus, Ohio, Lowe is coming off an OCCAC MVP season in which he averaged 23 points, six rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Lowe was named a junior college All-American at the end of the season.
“Keith impressed us on his visit to Northwest,” said McCollum. “We knew he had all the physical abilities to be an impact player at our level, but what really jumped out at us was his character and unselfishness.”
One of the top junior college programs in the country, Vincennes finished the year 22-10 while Stewart posted averages of 10 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. A 6-foot-5-inch wing, Stewart suffered an ACL tear towards the end of last season but is expected to be fully recovered before the opening tip of 2010-11.
“Donald has a reputation as a lock-down defender and we are excited about the size and athleticism he brings to the table,” said McCollum. “His versatility allows him to play multiple positions.”
A 5-foot-11-inch guard, Narayan averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists while shooting 46 percent from three-point range (74-for-161) last season. His performance netted him Coast Conference Most Valuable Player honors.
“We are excited to have Shaneel in our backcourt for the next two seasons,” said McCollum. “He is an unselfish player who can stretch defenses and will fit in well with our team.”
Northwest’s season opener is set for 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at home against Southwest Minnesota State.
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