South Carolina State men’s basketball coach Murray Garvin announced the signing of Elaffayette Stone to a national letter of intent for the 2019-20 season.
A 6-9, 280-pound forward from Clinton, Stone graduated from East Coweta High School in Georgia. He spent his first two years at Northern Oklahoma Community College in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, where he started in all 31 games during his sophomore season, averaging 4.7 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 61% from the floor.
"Stone adds an element to our roster that we haven't had since Alex Taylor. He provides something you can’t teach, which is size,” Garvin said. “We want to get him here during summer school and get him acclimated to our system and S.C. State. Out of high school, he averaged a double-double, and with more playing time and an opportunity, we feel we can get the same production.”
Northern Oklahoma Community College Coach Donnie Jackson said Stone is a great teammate who brought consistent effort.
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"To watch his progress over two years has been phenomenal. His best basketball is ahead of him and I personally feel South Carolina State got a steal in signing him."
Garvin said, “We have more great news coming out in the coming days about some more new additions we are adding to our program.”