The University of Maine men’s basketball program has added to its backcourt depth for the upcoming season.
Vernon Lowndes, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from South Carolina, has committed to play basketball for coach Bob Walsh’s Black Bears.
“First off I have to thank God for giving me this opportunity,” Lowndes said in the post. “I want to thank all the coaches that have recruited me this year and I also want to thank my parents, family and friends for all of their support through this process.”
Lowndes reportedly also had scholarship offers from South Carolina State, Presbyterian, Savannah State and Murray State.
Walsh is prohibited by NCAA rules from commenting on recruits until they have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the institution.
Lowndes comes to UMaine via the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie, a junior college. He played in 28 games last season for the Indians, averaging 19.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists.
The native of Charleston, South Carolina, shot 51 percent overall, including 33 percent from 3-point range, and 78.6 percent from the free-throw line. Lowndes earned a spot on the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I All-America Team.
The Bears have been reloading at the guard position this offseason after the departures of guards Troy Reid-Knight, Wes Myers, Austin Howard, Ryan Bernstein and Jaquan McKennon.
Lowndes’ participation at UMaine is contingent upon admission to the University and meeting NCAA Clearinghouse requirements.