May 17, 2012
For Immediate Release
Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Indiana Tech men’s basketball program proudly announces the signing of Antonio Landers from Monroe, Louisiana. The standout guard played for John Wood Community College this past season.
Indiana Tech and head coach Al Grushkin overcame other programs at higher levels in order to sign Landers. NCAA Division I programs such as University of Louisiana-Monroe, Western Illinois University, and the University of New Orleans all expressed interest, as well as several NCAA DII members.
At John Wood, Landers helped lead the team to one of the most successful two-year runs in Trail Blazer basketball history that included finishing with the second best regular season in the program’s twenty-year history.
As a sophomore, the 6-3 wing enjoyed a breakout season finishing second on the team in scoring (13.4), third in rebounding (5.2), first in assists (3.0), and was named First Team All-Region 24 while guiding the Trail Blazers to a 22-8 record. Landers was the team’s top three-point shooter, hitting 48 percent of his shots from behind the arc, and shot 80 percent from the charity stripe.
Not only did Landers get the job done on the offensive side of the floor, but was also a terrific defensive player with his ability to guard multiple positions. Landers became the defensive stopper for a team that ranked top-5 in the country in defensive points allowed each of the past two seasons. His 51 steals paced the team this past season and he finished with eight blocked shots.
Before attending John Wood, Landers starred at Ouachita Parish High School where he was a Class 5A First Team All-State performer for the Lions his senior year and rated as the No. 27 player in Louisiana. In his junior season, he guided the team to a 39-4 overall record and a 5A State Championship. In his high school career, Landers averaged 22 points 11.5 rebounds per game.
“Antonio is a great addition to our program,” said Indiana Tech head coach Al Grushkin. “He is an outstanding all-around performer and has a knack for making others better. He does the little things and is a very versatile player. He could be our best defender, he screens, he rebounds, and he can score the ball as well. We think he’s a great get and we look forward to coaching him.”
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