UTSA have added four players to their squad for the 2015 men’s basketball season, coach Brooks Thompson announced on Tuesday afternoon. Omer Aksu, Nick Billingsley, JR Harris and Garrett Thibodeaux have all been added to the 2015 recruiting class.
Those signings bring the 2015-16 men’s basketball signing class to six players with the four joining the already announced Nick Allen and AJ Cockrell. Three of the signings are guards while Thibodeaux is a Forward.
Aksu comes to San Antonio from Istanbul, Turkey where his varsity career saw the 6’2 guard at Izmir American Collegiate Institute. Aksu has international experience along with a successful varsity career as he played for Turkey’s U16 and U18 teams.
As part of his successful varsity career, every single team Aksu has played on managed to finish in the top 10 of the Turkish Championship. In 2010-11 he lead Izmir American to an Izmir High School Championship and two years later lead Goztepe to an Izmir title.
Billingsley is a JuCo transfer, coming from New Mexico JC where he spent the past two seasons helping the school to a 50-16 record. The 6’4 guard made 35 starts in that time, only missing four games and averaged 6.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest last season.
While at New Mexico JC, Billingsley made it to the Region V semifinals and managed a career high 18 points in a game against Weatherford College. Those numbers are ahead of his freshman numbers where Billingsley managed 5.6 points and 2.0rebounds per game.
Harris is another JuCo transfer, joining from Indian Hills CC who managed a 63-8 record in his two seasons at the school. The Warriors won the regional title both years that Harris was there, earning two trips in a row to the NJCAA National Tournament where they finished as runners up in 2014.
The 6’4 guard managed Iowa Community College Athletic Conference All-Region 11 honorable mention honors in 2014. Harris averaged 9.8 points and three rebounds, in the 2014-15 season and started a team high 31 games during the season.
It was an impressive JuCo career for Harris, who came to Indian Hills JC after missing two seasons at Southern Laboratory School due to an injury. But such was his performances his legacy of winning an MVP award as a sophomore was enough to carry through to Iowa.
Thibodeaux joins from Robert E Lee High School where he had an impressive senior season in Tyler, TX. The 6’8 Forward earned first team All-District 11-6A honors and was named to the Tyler Morning Telegraph All-East Texas team and TAPPS all-state honorable mention last season.
He was the star of a Red Raiders side that made their first playoff appearance since 2012 after posting an 18-11 mark. Thibodeaux managed averages of 21 points and 11 rebounds per game in his senior season last year.