ULM Basketball 3 adds multiple guards to its 2022-23 roster – Crescent City Sports

MONROE, L.A. – ULM head basketball coach Keith Richards announced on Saturday, June 4, the addition of three backcourt players to his 2022-23 roster, signing 6-foot-1, 205-pound goalkeeper Jamari Blackmon, He is a transfer from North Alabama 6-4, 185-pound Savion Galleon guard, transferred from South Plains College in Levelland, Texas; and 6-3, 190-pound guard, Devon Hancock, transferring from Milwaukee.

“These three goalkeepers add variety to our roster because each of them can play multiple positions as well as score goals in a variety of ways,” Richard said. “Jamari Blackmon is an experienced player, having started over 100 careers under his belt, and has also scored over 1,300 points at UNA. Savion Gallion has emerged as the second leading scorer in the highly talented South Plains College team and has demonstrated the ability to do the little things to help his team win games. Devon Hancock has a huge advantage as a player and his strength in shooting basketball.

“I’m really excited about the category of recruiting we’re gathering, especially in terms of adding more scoring options to the play rotation.”

Blackmon, who has one year of eligibility remaining, is the sixth all-time leading scorer in North American history with 1,346 points after starting 111 of 113 career games from 2018-22. He reached double figures in 68 career matches, including 14 attempts from 20 points. Blackmon has scored three of the top seven singles goal-scoring performances in the UNA since the Lions moved to the NCAA Division I prior to the 2018-19 season. His four-year career totals included 213 three-pointers, 288 assists, and 135 steals.

As a 2021-22 senior, Blackmon ranked third on the UNA scorers list with a score of 9.8 points per game while starting 26 of 27 competitions. Produce double characters in 11 matches, including a pair of 20 points. Blackmon scored a season-high of 24 points against Stetson while notching 9 of 12 fielding attempts, including 4 of 5 3-pointers. He delivered 7 of 12 shots off the ground at Lipscomb, including 6 of 10 from behind the 3-point arc, and finished with 22 points. Blackmon collected seven rebounds in the second season in the second game against Lipscombe and scored four best rebounds of the season against Alabama A&M and six assists at Alabama State.

As a junior in the 2020-21 season, he started all 24 matches, led the Lions’ team in 53 assists and assists, and finished second in the team’s top scorer, averaging 10.1 points per match. Blackmon hit double digits with 13 goals, including two 20-point games. He scored 21 points, the highest level of the season, in the second game of the road swing at Kennesaw Stadium, while he shot 8 out of 16 from the field. Blackmon made 6 out of 10 out of 3 field goal attempts and finished with a game-high 20 points in Game 2 of the Domestic Series against Stetson. He had the best six assists of the season in a UNA win in the ASUN Championship in the semifinals over FGCU.

As a sophomore in 2019-20, Blackmon started all 30 competitions and was the second highest scorer in UNA with 12.4 points per game. He produced double figures 17 times, including a six-match best of 20 points. Blackmon finished the season with consecutive 22-point runs in the FGCU (shooting 7 of 14 FG) and of Stetson (shooting 8 of 14 FG including 5 of 8 3 throws). He made 9 of 15 field goal attempts in Jacksonville, including 5 of 8 3s, and 4 of 4 free throw attempts for a career best 27 points — the highest goal-scoring total in a single game since the UNA move to the NCAA Division I., Blackmon scored a game-high 21 points in the NJIT, connecting 5 of 11 shots from the floor, including 3 of 5 3 throws, and 8 of 9 from the free throw line. He scored 26 points each in back-to-back road games at South Dakota (9 of 17 FG shots including 4 of 8 3s) and at Louisiana Tech (9 of 11 FG shots including 5 of 6 3s). Blackmon scored nine assists in his opening run against Carver 2019-20.

He was awarded ASUN Freshman of the Year honors in 2018-19 after leading the UNA in scoring (14.6 ppg.), assisting (87) and stealing (56). His average score is ranked seventh overall in ASUN. Blackmon, who was the only unanimous pick on the ASUN All-Freshman Team, started 31 of 32 games and reached double figures 27 times, including four 20-point attempts. He went 5 of 11 off the field and 10 on 10 of the 22-point free-throw line at the end of his court against Lipscomb. Blackmon scored a season-high 23 points in Jacksonville (8 of 17 FG shots including 4 of 8 3 pitches). He scored 22 on-team points against Jacksonville State, with 14 of those points from the charity strip (14 of 15 FT shots). Blackmon contributed 13 points and seven assists this season in Pittsburgh. He posted double figures in 11 consecutive games to open the 2018-19 season, including 22 points in his first home appearance against Blue Mountain College.

Blackmon scored over 1,500 career points for coach Charles Burkett at Hoover (Alabama) High School while helping lead the Boss to back-to-back area championships and an Elite 7A Class 8 appearance in 2017 and 2018. Birmingham Tip-Off was named Associate Player of the Year He was named a finalist in Alabama Mr. Basketball after averaging 25.4 points, five rebounds, and four assists per game when he was a top player in the 2017-18 season. As a rookie, he was named to the 2016 Class 7A All-Tournament Team.

Galleon, who remained eligible for two years, averaged 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game in 2021-22 for coach Steve Green at South Plains College, helping the Texans with an overall record of 21-12, including Including the 5th District Championship and a trip to the NJCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Appeared in 32 games, including 12 games, ranked second on the team in average scoring, scored 3 points from field goals (50), and 3 points field goal percentage (.368) and steals (25). Galleon raised his average score to 10.3 in the Western Junior Conference Athletics Games. He has hit double digits in his scoring 18 times, including three 20-point games. Gallion made no less than 3 pointers in 26 competitions, including a streak of 12 consecutive games during one stretch.

He scored 20 points against Frank Phillips (3 of 5 and 3 throws). Galleon scored 8 of 16 field shots on his way to a best 22 points of the season against Snow in the Fiesta Bowl Junior College Shootout. He came off the bench to score 21 game-highest points against Dallas Northlake. Galleon scored in double digits in five consecutive games during the mid-season period. He scored five assists each for Monroe, at Clarendon and against Midland. Galleon collected five steals on his debut in Texas against the Northern Oklahoma-Enided.

Born in Washington, D.C., Galleon began his college career at University at Buffalo where he earned two letters after appearing in 29 games over two seasons (2019-21).

He previously averaged 13.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game in a season at Mount Zion Prep in Baltimore, Maryland.

Letterman was a three-year at Thurgood Marshall High School, averaging 22.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game as a lead. He was an honorable choice for the Washington Post All-Met in 2017-18, and is listed among the region’s leaders in scoring average goals (10) and 3-point field goals (7th with 78). Galleon scored 20 or more points in 21 first-team games, including eight 30-point performances, and scored four doubles (points and rebounds). He turned in one of his best all-around games against DuVal, finishing his career with best 35 points (4 making 3 throws; 19 from 21 FT shooting), 10 rebounds and six assists. Galleon scored more than 20 points in six consecutive games during one stint (27.7 dpi). He finished his career at Thurgood Marshall with 1,163 career points, including 26 games of 20 points.

Hancock, who has three years of eligibility remaining, has seen activity in 46 games for Milwaukee over the past two seasons (2020-22) and has averaged 3.2 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.

As a red jersey freshman in 2021-22, he appeared in 27 competitions, including starting assignments in six of his last seven games, averaging 3.4 points and 1.2 rebounds per game while making nearly 38 percent (22 out of 58) Of his attempts to shoot the field, consisting of 3 points. Hancock, who has scored in 17 games, joined the bench against St. Xavier (Chicago) to score 6 of 11 throws and three-pointers to set a career high of 18 points in 27 minutes. He played over 20 minutes in three matches. Hancock contributed seven points (3 out of 5 FG Shooting) while setting career highs for assists (3) and minutes played (31) at IUPUI. Hancock went 3-for-3 from the 3-point range and added nine points against Detroit Mercy. He has buried at least 3 out of 10 of his last 12 games.

As a first-year player in 2020-21, he came off the bench in 19 games and averaged 2.9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 10.1 minutes. Hancock played 15 minutes or more in six games. He has scored in 12 games, including eight points per season against Purdue-Fort Wayne (Game 1) and at IUPUI (Game 2). Hancock added four points and a career best five rebounds while playing the season’s highest for 20 minutes in the first game of the Domestic Series against IUPUI. He made at least one 3-pointer in seven straight games early in the season.

Dallas-born Hancock earned all-around honors from the first team after averaging 14.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.0 assists per game as a senior at Horne High School in Mesquite, Texas. He made 83 three-pointers while helping the Jaguars win their first-ever District 11-6A express tournament.

ULM’s 2022 recruitment chapter now features seven newcomers such as Blackmon, Gallion and Hancock joining 6-5 rangers Jalen Bolden, of Zachary (Louisiana) High School; 6-0 goalkeeper Tyreke Locure, transfer from UAB; 6-10 striker AD Diedhiou (pronounced DEE-juu; juu rhymes with who), another UAB transition; and 6-10 Victor Buffto Center, transfer from Mercer.