Head men's basketball head Coach Dale Layer has signed JR Coronado, Emmanuel Andrews, Chad Donley and Larry Taylor to national letters of intent for the 2012-13 season.
Head Liberty men's basketball coach Dale Layer has announced the early signing of four players to a national letter intent for the 2012-13 season. Among Layer's early recruiting class are three junior college standouts – JR Coronado, Emmanuel Andrews and Chad Donley. In addition to the trio of junior college players, Layer also signed Larry Taylor, who is currently a point guard at North Point High School in North Port, Fla. JR Coronado (C, 6-8, 245 Caracas, Venezula) Coronado spent one season at Lake Region State College before transferring to Palm Beach Community College. The center is ranked No. 140 in Juco Junction's list of the Top 150 junior college players. "I fell in love with JR's game this summer," Layer said. "His ability to rebound out of his area and his toughness will enable him to be an immediate impact. He will have a very productive year under Coach Estes and will play high-level junior college competition." During his freshman season at Lake Region State College, Coronado averaged a double-double, racking up 11.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Defensively, the center also posted 15 steals and 36 blocks on the season. "JR Coronado is an outstanding young man and player," Coronado's coach Butch Estes stated. "He is a strong and powerful inside player. His presence should have an impact in the Big South Conference." "I am very excited about signing with the Liberty Basketball family," Coronado said. Coach [Dale] Layer and Coach [Jason] Eaker have been with me every step of the way and I trust them with my future on and off the court." Emmanuel Andrews (G, 5-11, 165, Shelbyville, Tenn.) Andrews played his freshman year at Northwest Florida State College before transferring to Cape Fear Community College this season. The guard is ranked No. 79 in Juco Junction's list of the Top 150 junior college players. Andrews is currently coached by former Liberty point guard and captain Ryan Mantlo (2002-2004). In his senior season with the Flames, Mantlo helped Liberty capture the 2004 Big South Championship, earning an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. At the helm of Cape Fear's program, Mantlo also coached current Liberty guard Tavares Speaks for two seasons. "Emmanuel Andrews is a complete guard in every way," Layer commented. "He can set others up, run ball screens and score the ball in many ways. I love his competitive spirit. I am thrilled he is a Flame. He is off to a good start under Coach Mantlo and will only improve." During his freshman season at Northwest Florida State, Andrews was the Raiders' second-leading scorer, averaging 12.3 points per game. The point guard also led the team in three-point field goals made (44) and steals (19). Andrews concluded the season shooting 41.9 percent from the field (89-of-212), including 37.9 percent from three-point range (44-of-116). "I'm thrilled for the opportunity Liberty University gave Emmanuel," Mantlo said. "Emmanuel is a great player with high character which epitomizes Liberty Basketball." "It felt like home during my visit there," Andrews commented. "Coach [Dale] Layer, Coach [Jason] Eaker and the staff made me feel like it was more than basketball at Liberty University. "I'm excited to be part of such a fine university and help the program reach its full potential." Chad Donley (G, 6-2, 165, Baker, Fla.) Donley currently plays at Northwest Florida State College. Prior to redshirting last season, Donley was a letterwinner at Baker High School.
"Chad is a perfect fit in many ways," Layer noted. "He is competitive, can really stroke it and has learned toughness and defensive intensity under Coach Forbes. He will help us in several areas."
A two-time all-area selection at Baker, Donley averaged 21 points per game for the Gators his senior year. Along with his scoring ability, the guard also averaged 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 5.0 steals per game.
"I chose Liberty because it was the perfect place for me to grow as a person, basketball player, and most importantly grow spiritually," Donley stated. "With the phenomenal coaching staff and players, I feel like we can do something special."
Larry Taylor (G, 5-10, 165, Englewood, Fla.) Taylor is currently in his senior year at North Port High School. Ranked No. 2 in the Class of 2012 in Southwest Florida. Taylor is also rated the 16th best prospect in the state by HoopScoopOnline.com.
"Larry is a team-first guard, who can deliver the ball where it needs to be or score it when needed," Layer stated. "He continues to improve while playing on big stages at North Port High School under Coach Allen."
Last season, Taylor averaged 19.3 points, 6.2 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 3.1 steals at North Port. The flashy point guard was also tabbed a first team all-area selection and was the winner of the Hero Award at the City of Palms Tournament. Comments from Brad Winton - National Director of Scouting, The JUCO Recruiting Report Liberty was able to bring in another extremely strong JUCO class this season with the signing of Juan Coronado (Palm Beach State), Emmanuel Andrews (Cape Fear CC), and Chad Donley (Northwest Florida State). The Flames have consistently proven that they can reel in some of the better junior college players in the country. They are getting a quick point guard who can score in a variety of ways in Andrews. Andrews is a competitor and a proven winner. Chad Donley of Northwest Florida State is an excellent shooter and consistently strokes the ball from well beyond the three point line. He has great form and is always ready to catch and shoot. Juan Coronado, a 6-8/250-pound forward, is an absolute steal for the Flames. He is physical in the post and loves to mix it up. Coronado pounds the glass on both ends and has good back to the basket moves. He has a great motor and moves very well for his size.
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