Jordan Loyd, Keith Belfield and Dominic Early have signed national letters of intent during the November signing period to join the Furman men’s basketball program for the 2011-12 season along with Saint Joseph’s transfer Bryant Irwin, who will sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules, it was announced on Wednesday by head coach Jeff Jackson.
“We are excited about the addition of these young men to our program,” said Jackson, who is entering his fifth season as Paladin head coach. “In our tenure at Furman, this is as talented a group as we have been able to bring in at any one time. We expect these young men to impact our program immediately. We are excited about not only their ability as athletes, but equally the type of students and people they are.”
Loyd plays point guard for head coach David Boyd at Milton High School. The 6-foot-3 Atlanta, Ga., native helped lead Milton, currently ranked No. 2 nationally, to the Georgia AAAAA State Championship as a junior while leading the team in assists.
Belfield, a 6-foot-6 wing, is a senior at Davidson Day School where he plays for head coach Ron Johnson. As a junior, the Concord, N.C., product earned NCISAA All-Conference and All-Cabarrus News first team honors after averaging 20 points and six rebounds per game at The Cannon School.
Early, a senior for head coach Ed Morris at Hillgrove High School, guided the Hawks to the Elite Eight of the Georgia AAAA playoffs in 2009-10 while garnering 7-AAAA All-Region honors. The 6-foot-5 wing averaged a team-leading 21 points per game as a junior.
Irwin, a 6-foot-7 forward, has enrolled at Furman after transferring from Atlantic-10 Conference member Saint Joseph’s University. The Bridgeport, W.Va., native was the 2008 Gatorade State Player of the Year and a first team AAA All-State pick as a senior at Bridgeport High School after averaging 31 points and 11 rebounds per game. He appeared in 61 games over two seasons for Saint Joseph’s.