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Sumner heads to Stetson

By : Daytona Beach News-Journal 

Stetson coach Corey Williams announced Thursday the signing of junior college standouts Ricardo Lynch (Fort Lauderdale) and Marques Sumner (North Augusta, S.C.). Both players will have two seasons of eligibility remaining when they join the Hatters in the fall.

Lynch, a 6-foot-7 forward, signs out of Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, Miss., but he began his collegiate career at Miami-Dade CC. As a freshman at Miami-Dade, Lynch averaged 11.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game, and was invited to participate in the Elite 80 JUCO All-American Showcase.

As a sophomore at Southwest Mississippi, Lynch started 11 of 27 games and averaged 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 46 percent from the field. He sank a total of 34 3-pointers in two junior college seasons.

Lynch attended Boyd H. Anderson High School in Fort Lauderdale, where he averaged 17.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as a senior and was invited to play in the Florida High School All-Star game.

“Ricardo is an extremely athletic player with the ability to stretch the defense,” Williams said. “He can defend multiple positions, and he’s athletic enough to be able to allow you to mix up the lineup. He also has a lot of toughness on the court. For us to be able to sign him late is exciting.”

Sumner, a 6-foot-2 guard, joins the Hatters from USC-Salkehatchie in Allendale, South Carolina, where he earned All-Region honors as a sophomore. In 2017-18, Sumner averaged 14.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists per game while shooting 40 percent (62-155) from 3-point range and 74 percent from the free throw line. As a freshman, Sumner averaged 10.6 points and 3.9 rebounds, shooting 42.3 percent (66-156) from 3-point range.

“Marques is a really terrific shooter and scorer,” Williams said. “He’s tough. He can really defend, and he’s a natural leader. He knows how to play. He’s going to be a bright addition to our team.”

Sumner graduated from North Augusta High School, where as a senior he was named first-team all-region.

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