JC All-American First Teamer Dwayne Shackleford Signs With USC

April 28, 2004

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Dwayne Shackleford, a JC All-American first teamer from Washington D.C., has signed a letter of intent with USC, Trojan men's basketball head coach Henry Bibby announced today.

'We are very excited to add Dwayne to what is already a great recruiting class,' Bibby said. 'We feel Dwayne's maturity level and winning mentality will provide on-the-court leadership to the team. He has an uncanny ability to score points in big games and is also able to involve his teammates in the offense with his passing skills. He is a very exciting player and I know Trojan fans will enjoy watching him play.'

Shackleford, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound guard, averaged 21.4 points for Allegany College in Cumberland, Md., as a sophomore in 2004, earning NJCAA Division I All-American, All-Region XX Division I and All-Maryland JUCO first team honors.

He led the Trojans, coached by Robert Kirk and ranked among the top schools in the country, to their 17th Region XX championship and the Maryland JUCO regular-season title last year. Shackleford made a school record 114 three-pointers in 2004 and had 61 steals and 171 assists.

He scored a season-high 40 points against Lon Morris in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament and made a season-high 10 three-pointers against College of Southern Maryland earlier in the season.

As a freshman reserve in 2003, Shackleford averaged 11.9 points with 43 steals and 117 assists in 26 games. He shot a team-best 37.5% from three-point range and scored at least 20 points four times, including a season-best 27.

Shackleford prepped at Anacostia High in Washington D.C., earning Washington Post and All-DCIAA Conference first team and USA Today All-American honorable mention honors as a senior, averaging 26 points, including a Washington D.C. area best 79 three-pointers.

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