Hoffman Signs Phillip Leonard to NLI

5:45 PM, Apr 30, 2013   |    comments
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MACON, Ga. (School Release)- Mercer University men's basketball head coach Bob Hoffman added depth to his 2013-14 backcourt on Tuesday, inking Phillip Leonard of Northern Oklahoma Tonkawa College to a National Letter of Intent.  Leonard is set to join the squad with three years of eligibility in the 2013 fall semester.

"He's a tremendous student-athlete who has ability to be on the floor at a high level," Hoffman said.  "As a great passer, he's got a knack for finding open players.  We're excited about Phillip joining us for next season."

A 2012 graduate of Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Leonard spent last season helping lead the Mavs to a 27-4 record while averaging 7.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.  During the campaign, Leonard also shot 51.2% from the field and registered a 2.9 assist-to-turnover ratio.

In high school, the six-foot-two, 190-pound guard helped lead Union to an unblemished 29-0 record and state championship season as a senior.  He joins guard D.J. Brooks (Simpsonville, S.C.) as the second member of Hoffman's current recruiting class.  Brooks and Leonard aim to fill a void left by departing senior guards Chris Smith and Travis Smith.

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