May 11, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - John A. Logan College sophomore center Tamas Bruce has accepted a scholarship offer to play basketball this fall at Arkansas State University.

Bruce averaged 10.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this past season for a Vols team that finished 24-8 overall.

A native of Osceola, Ark., Bruce will now get the opportunity to close out his collegiate hoops career much closer to home.

"That definitely factored into my decision," he said. "It means a lot to me that my family and friends can come and see me play."

The 6-foot-8 post player shot 61 percent from the field, which ranked 18th best in the country. His 106 offensive rebounds ranked him 29th nationally.

Bruce is the third Logan player to sign a national letter of intent this spring. Previously, guard Devontavius Payne signed with East Tennessee State and forward Ranell Crossland signed with Eastern Illinois.

“First and foremost, Tamas is a fine young man. He has been a solid performer for us these last two years and is going to be sorely missed,” said Vols head coach Kyle Smithpeters. “He was a steady rebounder for us on both the offensive and defensive boards and scored some big baskets for us this season when we really needed them.”

Bruce’s best game was most likely at Southeastern Illinois. He scored 18 points, yanked down 17 rebounds, blocked four shots, and had the game-winning steal and go-ahead basket with 15 seconds to play to secure a win on the road.