King University bolstered its perimeter shooting by signing a couple of Science Hill products on Thursday.
Former Hilltopper Hunter LeVeau, who played this season at Massanutten Military Academy (Va.), and Science Hill senior C.J. Good signed to play for King on Wednesday.
LeVeau signed at Science Hill at 3 p.m. and then went to watch Good sign at Memorial Park Community Center at 4 p.m. They’ll reunite while playing for coach George Pitts, who won three state titles at Science Hill in the 1990s.
Good made 363 career 3-pointers for the ‘Toppers, which is third all-time in the TSSAA behind Taurean Moy (506) and former East Tennessee State player Corrie Johnson (487). The 5-foot-11 guard made 147 treys as a senior this season while shooting 45.4 percent behind the arc. He shot 88.5 percent (69-78) at the foul line.
Good finished with 1,869 career points, fifth all-time at Science Hill behind Omar Wattad (2,285), Jovann Johnson (2,188), Shane Williams (1,967) and Demetric Stevens (1,906).
Good said it was difficult choosing King over Tennessee Wesleyan, where former Science Hill head coach Mike Poe now coaches. Good’s father, John, played for Pitts and worked under Pitts one year at King after being an assistant with Poe at Science Hill.
“He said somebody was going to be, I guess, heartbroken,” C.J. said, “but happy for me at the same time. … It’s a big burden off my back, because I get to go to school for free and I get to play close to my family and I get to play with Hunter again for four more years.”
The 6-foot-5 LeVeau shot around 39 percent from the 3-point range during a season at Massanutten in which minutes were scarce. Massanutten went 30-4, tied Oak Hill (90-90) in a scrimmage and reached the prep school final four after entering as the No. 1 seed. Its backcourt featured players going to Kansas (Frank Mason), Miami (Deandre Burnett), Utah (Ahmad Fields) and Boston College (Garland Owens).
“Hunter played behind four high-major kids all year,” Massanutten coach Chad Myers said. “I thought there were days in practice when those guys couldn’t stop him. The level of play next year will be an easy transition because of playing against those guys every day.
“He can really shoot it. I think he shot 39 or 40 percent from three and he was about 83 percent at the free throw line. When teams play zone he can really stretch the floor. I think he’ll be a guy who can do a lot of things – inside and out – at King.”
LeVeau scored 819 points while averaging 17.1 minutes per game in three seasons at Science Hill. He missed 12 games his senior season and played with pain in the other 25 due to a back injury, but was a key cog in Science Hill’s run to the state semifinals. He had 89 career blocked shots.
LeVeau said he received lukewarm interest from Hofstra, Kennesaw State and Gardner-Webb.
“I thought Hunter was a low Division 1 player,” Myers said. “At that level (NCAA Division II), though, I think he’ll be able to have an immediate impact.”
LeVeau was impressed by the numerous five-hour drives Pitts and King assistant Nick Pasqua made to monitor him this season. He said King also stayed with him during his injury-riddled senior season at Science Hill.
LeVeau looked up and smiled at the large banner of Pitts hanging above the Science Hill gym.
“You’ve just got to look at that and you can tell he’s a legendary coach,” LeVeau said. “And I’m just lucky and grateful to be playing for him next year.”
Science Hill coach Ken Cutlip is happy to see two ‘Toppers reunite.
“King is getting two, what I consider, great Science Hill players,” Science Hill coach Ken Cutlip said. “What they both accomplished while they were here, record wise and their influence on the community, has been amazing. C.J. will definitely stretch defenses with his shooting ability, and he’s so intelligent. … Hunter always had a knack for filling a stat sheet and has a great basketball IQ.
“I’m looking forward to seeing both of them play … and having two of them playing together.”