YSU basketball signs 6-foot-2 JC transfer


Junior college transfer Devonte Maymon has signed a letter of intent to join the Youngstown State men’s basketball program for the 2010-11 season.

Maymon, a 6-foot-2 guard from Middleton, Wis., spent two seasons at John A. Logan (Ill.) College and scored 266 points and shot 46.6 percent from the floor. He is the sixth player from Logan to sign with a Division I school.

“We are excited to have Devonte as a part of our basketball program,” YSU coach Jerry Slocum said. “He is a multi-talented two-guard with the full balance of what it takes to win at this level.”

During his time at Logan, Maymon connected on 40 percent of his 3-point attempts and 70 percent of his free-throw attempts.

“Devonte shoots the ball well, is good off the dribble and has the ability to be one of the best defensive players in the Horizon League,” Slocum said.

Maymon is excited about joining the YSU program and feels his style of play fits in well.

“I liked everything about Youngstown State,” he said. “The coaches were open and honest and they play in a great facility. I think I bring a toughness to the game,” he added. “I’m a defensive-oriented player and I believe defense generates offense.”

Maymon was also impressed with YSU’s level of competition.

“I know the Horizon League is a very competitive league and that really attracted me to Youngstown State as well,” he said.

Maymon played prep ball at James Madison Memorial High School and helped the Spartans to a runner-up finish his senior season in 2007-08. That year, Maymon was named second-team All-Big Eight Conference while averaging 11.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

“Devonte is clearly the type of player that every successful program needs because of his unselfishness and winning attitude,” Slocum said.

Maymon joins forward DuShawn Brooks from Chicago, Josh Chojnacki, a post from Erie, Pa.; guard Fred Ford from Fort Wayne, Ind., and Kendrick Perry, a guard from Orlando, Fla., in the 2010-11 recruiting class.

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