NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College men's basketball head coach Tim Cluess announced the addition of Tre Bowman (York, PA / St. Thomas More (CT) / Midland College) and Shawn Jackson (Live Oak, FL / North West Florida State College / Melody Christian Academy) to the program for the 2012-13 season. The two newcomers have been enrolled in classes at Iona and will be eligible to compete for the Gaels this season.
Tre Bowman is a 6-5, 185 lb wing from Southeastern Pennsylvania. He will retain junior eligibility in 2012-13. Bowman played his freshman season at Penn State University, appearing in 16 games while recording 12 points and six rebounds. He transferred to Midland College in Texas for his sophomore season where in 22 games he averaged 11.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Bowman's scoring average and 19 three-point field goals ranked third on the team.
Bowman committed to Penn State from St. Thomas More School. He averaged 17.0 ppg in one season in Oakdale, CT and earned second-team NEPSAC Class A honors. Bowman helped lead the school to the semifinals of the National Prep Championships. He drained a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer to lead St. Thomas More to a one-point, overtime victory in the quarterfinals. Bowman posted 36 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in a victory over Worcester Academy. He also out-dueled Will Barton - the nation's top rated shooting guard, current Portland Trailblazer and former Memphis standout - posting 21 points to Barton's 12 during a season meeting. Bowman was a standout at Central York High School averaging 21.6 points per game as a senior in 2008-09. He shot 57% from the floor and posted 123 rebounds, 26 assists and 28 steals. Bowman posted a 14.4 ppg average with 45 assists, 38 steals and 15 blocks as a junior and 18.0 points per game with 54 assists as a sophomore. He was the leading scorer in York/Adams County in 2009 and earned York/Adams County All-Star Team selection. Bowman participated in the 2009 Reebok All-America Camp and earned All-Tournament team selection at the HoopGroup Summer Classic and at HoopGroup West Virginia. He was named to the York Daily Record YAIAA Division I second-team.
"We're excited for Tre to come on board," said Cluess. "He is a long wing that gives us more size to the position this season. He has great strength, athleticism and leaping ability for the position and will compete for time right away."
Shawn Jackson - a 6-9, 230 lb post player - comes to New Rochelle from Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, FL where he spent one season. Jackson averaged 10.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He had seven double-digit point efforts including a season-best 16 points on two occasions. Jackson also had a season-high seven rebounds in four separate games. He will also be a junior in 2012-13.
Prior to Northwest Florida State, Jackson spent his freshman year at Murray State University. He played 26 games off the bench for the 23-9 Racers while averaging 3.9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 9.3 minutes per game. Jackson posted a season-high 12 points vs. SIU Edwardsville on Dec. 30, 2010. It was the middle game of a three-game stretch where he averaged 10.0 ppg.
Jackson played scholastically for Melody Christian Academy in Live Oak, FL. As a senior in the 2009-10 season, he averaged 20 points and 13 rebounds per game in addition to eight blocked shots per game for head coach Mike Raines’ Eagles. As a junior, Jackson scored 19.5 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and recorded eight blocks per game. One of his top performances in 2008-09 came against Florida 3A State Tournament runner-up Orlando Jones HS. Jackson posted a triple-double with 10 points, 21 rebounds and 19 blocked shots. At the end of his junior season, he was named MCA Player of the Year and conference tournament MVP as he helped lead the squad to the semifinals of the National Christian School Athletic Association National Tournament in Nashville, TN.
“Shawn adds needed size to the lineup and we look forward to his contributions to the lineup,” said Cluess. “He is a strong, physical post performer that will strengthen our interior defense.”
The 2012-13 season begins for Iona on Nov. 9 when they host Denver at the Hynes Center for a 9:00 pm tip-off.