The Chippewas appear to have found a replacement for one of their two vacant guard spots after the departures of Marcus Keene (NBA Draft) and Braylon Rayson (graduation.)
Shawn Roundtree, a six-foot-one guard out of Edwardsville, Missouri, signed with the Chippewas Thursday morning. The Mineral Area (MO) Community College guard averaged 10 points, two rebounds and three assists per game, and was instrumental in leading Mineral Area to a top-ten national NJCCA ranking.
Roundtree was formerly a Missouri State signee, logging 30 appearances and two starts with the school as a true freshman before transferring.
Roundtree was known as a good all-around shooter, making 50 percent of his overall shots and shotting at a 38.8 percent clip from three-point range. Roundtree was also a 77 percent free-throw shooter, per the NJCAA.
Roundtree was named to the all-region team and was first-team All-Missouri Community College Athletic Conference.
Coach Keno Davis compared Roundtree to current NBA D-League prospect Chris Fowler and fellow Missourian and JUCO product Rayshawn Simmons, who had a Summer League tryout with the Washington Wizards this past offseason, in the school’s official release.
Roundtree was one of Edwardsville (MO) HS’ all-time best players, setting the school record for assists and scoring over 1,000 points in his prep career. Roundtree was also named Class 3-4A Player of the Year in his senior season at Edwardsville by two state papers.
Roundtree will likely play the point guard position for the Chippewas in the 2017-2018 campaign and is eligible to play immediately. He joins current guards Corey Redman, Janeau Joubert, Josh Kozinski and Matty Smith.