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Brooklyn Basketball Duo to Play at STLCC-Forest Park

September 07, 2010

Brooklyn basketball players sign with Forest Park.  
Jamel Noel, Coach Milton Stith and
Dashawn Carter.

Two basketball standouts from Brooklyn, N.Y., will play for the Forest Park Highlanders this season.

Jamel Noel and Dashawn Carter, graduates of Paul Roberson High School, played in the Public Schools Athletic League in New York City, considered the best in the nation. During the past six years, 30 players from the PSAL have competed for NCAA Division I schools.

Noel, a 6-foot-3 guard, was named to the PSAL All-Conference first team, and averaged 20 points, seven assists and four steals per game. His game, according to new head basketball coach Milton T. Stith III, is built on explosive quickness and amazing ball-handling skills.

Carter, a 6-6 player, averaged double digits in points and rebounds per game his senior year.

“These are some of the most highly recruited players that I have dealt with so far in my career,” Stith said. “They will bring national notoriety to our program.”

Both players were impressed with Stith, who saw them play ball at Kingston Park in Bedford Styverson, a top basketball playground in Brooklyn.

“Coach Stith made a big impression on us when he came all the way to New York to watch us play. He is a good coach and a great recruiter,” Noel said.

Stith said Noel was "sensational – he finished with 42 points and dazzled the crowd with unbelievable moves and his spectacular ball-handling ability.”

In his first recruiting class, Stith also has signed four players from the St. Louis metropolitan area. Ronald Lawson, a 6-8 center from East St. Louis Senior High, was the Flyers' leading rebounder and shot-blocker his senior year. He joins Keon Griffin, a Lewis and Clark Community College transfer who played at Hazelwood West, Pariece McKinney of Oakville High, and Dylan Briscoe, who transferred from Meramec and played at Francis Howell.

Stith was named head coach in April to replace Preston Thomas, who resigned after eight seasons. In 2004, Stith was the associate head coach at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Ill., and helped lead the team to two Final Four appearances (2007 and 2009) in NJCAA Division II. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach at Harris-Stowe State University and Lindenwood University. He was named a top junior college recruiter by the Sporting News.

The men’s basketball season begins Nov. 2 at John Wood Community College. The first home game will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 against Kaskaskia College.