Point Park signs transfer T.J. Lanier, a 6-6 guard/forward from Seton Hill
July 12, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. ET
T.J. Lanier, a 6-6 guard/forward from Warren, Ohio, has transferred from Seton Hill. Photo by SHU athletics.
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University men's basketball program has added transfer T.J. Lanier, a 6-6 guard/forward from Seton Hill University. Lanier, a native of Warren, Ohio, was an all-state player at Warren Howland High School, and he spent his freshman season of 2011-12 at Seton Hill. He will be a sophomore at Point Park for the upcoming 2013-14 season.
Lanier led Trumbull County in scoring each of last two years of high school including 22.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game as a senior in 2010-11. That earned him recognition as All-Ohio Division I Special Mention all-state as well as first-team honors on the all-county, all-district and all-conference levels.
Lanier played in seven games as a freshman at Seton Hill in 2011-12. After not playing college basketball in 2012-13, he will return to the hardwood for the Pioneers next season.
"T.J. Lanier fits in great with our system, which is focused on offense and creating mismatches on both ends of the floor," said Point Park head coach Bob Rager, who is in his 25th year at his alma mater. "He is long and athletic at 6-6 and can really score the basketball. He can play big or small on defense, and everyone in our system is a guard."
Another Warren, Ohio, native related to Point Park basketball is assistant coach Gabe Bubon, who played a big role in signing Lanier. Bubon is familiar with what Lanier did in high school and knows he can be a talented player at Point Park.
"T.J. is getting a fresh start at Point Park, and it will be up to him how he takes advantage of the three years he has left," said Bubon, who mainly works with the team's guards. "He has all the abilities and the size to be a strong player for us and a really prolific scorer."
Point Park is used to high scoring as a team. The Pioneers have led NAIA Division II in scoring each of the last two seasons, including a school-record 93.2 points per game a year ago. Point Park has been in the top 5 in the country in scoring six of the last eight seasons.
The Pioneers have two of five starters returning from last year's team, which was 14-11 overall and 8-7 in its first year in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Lanier joins current Point Park player Matt Noszka as a player who has transferred from Seton Hill. Noszka and Lanier both arrived at Seton Hill at the same time, the fall of 2011. Noska came to Point Park midway through the 2011-12 season and averaged 12.1 ppg and 6.8 rpg in 2012-13, his first year eligible to play for the Pioneers.