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JSU men's hoops adds JUCO point guard Townser

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Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 1:17 pm | Updated: 10:26 pm, Mon Jun 9, 2014.

JACKSONVILLE - Junior college point guard JaQuail Townser has signed to play for Jacksonville State, JSU announced Wednesday.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Townser, from Alton, Ill., played the past two seasons at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.

"JaQuail is a very good student, in the classroom and on the court," JSU coach James Green said. "His commitment to both will help us in all areas, and he truly wants to be the best in all phases.

“We are excited to have a point guard with his ability and leadership in our program."

Townser played two seasons as the Blue Storm's point guard, leading SWIC to 19 victories as a sophomore and 22 as a freshman. In his sophomore season, he earned first team all-region honors after averaging 14.1 points, five assists, two steals and over three rebounds per game.

Townser shot just less than 44 percent from the floor and more than 37 percent from behind the arc, while converting on 73 percent of his free throws. His assist-to-turnover ratio of almost two and his steals-per-game average each ranked in the top 10 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.

As a freshman in 2012-13, Townser averaged nine points and led the GRAC with 160 assists and 61 steals. He shot 43 percent from the floor and 79 percent from the free-throw line.

He played his prep career for head coach Will Gordon at Alton High School, where he guided the Redbirds to a regional title as a senior in 2010-11.

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