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Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Signs Five Players For The 2009-10 Season

Bears ink Zack Allen, Kameko Walls, Alex Watkins, Will Carpenter and Matt Kunz for next year

Head L-R MenHead L-R Men's Basketball Coach John Lentz signs five players for the 2009-10 season

Hickory, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Basketball Team and Head Coach John Lentz have announced the addition of four players for the 2009-10 season. The Bears signed Zach Allen, Kameko Walls and Alex Watkins, Will Carpenter and Matt Kunz for the upcoming year.

Allen started four years at John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington, N.C., as a point guard and shooting guard. As a senior, Allen averaged 12.4 points, 3.4 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals in being named the 2008-09 Mideastern 3A/4A Conference Player Of The Year.

Allen was also a three-time Wilmington Star-News All-Area selection, a two-time all-conference pick and an all-district honoree. In addition, Allen was a four-time NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete and the school's Wendy's High School Heisman Winner and J.T. Hoggard's all-time leader in games played (119), games started (112), assists (365) and steals (136).

Walls, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., played at North Forsyth High School where he was a Central Piedmont 4A All-Conference, All-Northwest North Carolina, all-city and All-Forysth County honoree. Walls averaged 17.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.7 blocks per game as a senior.

Watkins played and started three seasons at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, N.C., where he was the school's all-time leader in points (811), rebounds (372), assists (177) and steals (91). An All-Southwestern 4A pick, Watkins averaged 10.0 points and 4.5 rebounds for his career and 11.3 points and 4.7 rebounds to go along with a 48 percent field goal percentage as a senior.

Carpenter played at R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, N.C., and scored exactly 1,000 points for his career. Carpenter averaged 14.0 points as a junior and 15.6 points per contest as a senior and was a two-time All-Northwest North Carolina and All-Forsyth County honoree and earned all-league honors once.

Kunz played his senior year at R.J. Reynolds as well where he averaged 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and two blocks per outing while earning All-Central Piedmont 4A Conference honors. As junior at East Forsyth High School, Kunz scored 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds per outing. As a prep, Kunz totaled over 1,000 points for his career.

"We look for all of these young men to help continue our basketball success here at Lenoir-Rhyne University," said Lentz. "All five have the ability to contribute on the court and earn a college degree."

Lenoir-Rhyne finished the 2008-09 campaign with a record of 18-11 and a 12-4 mark in league play. The Bears also won the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship for the second straight year and qualified for the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the second consecutive season as well.

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