Francis Marion University men's basketball coach Gary Edwards has announced the signing of 6-8 forward Zach Malone of Saline, La. Malone comes to FMU from Jones College in Ellisville, Miss., and will have two years to suit up for the Patriots.
Malone averaged 6.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season for a 20-7 Bobcats squad that reached the NJCAA Region 23 championship contest. He shot 53.4 percent from the floor and blocked a team-high 69 shots. As a freshman, he averaged 4.6 ppg and 4.2 rpg, while connecting on 61 percent of his field goal attempts as Jones posted a 21-7 mark.
Malone is a graduate of Richwood High School in Monroe, La., where he played for coach Terry Martin. As a senior, he earned honorable mention 2-3A All-District recognition, was his team captain, received his squad's Block Shot Award, and received the Rod Jenkins Award.
"Zach is a versatile and athletic forward, who will bring a wealth of experience to our front-line," Edwards said. "He plays hard at both ends of the floor, and is accustomed to winning. He is also a winner in the classroom and off the court – just a wonderful young man and a great addition to the Francis Marion family.
Francis Marion has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in two of the past three seasons, and loses only one senior off last year's squad.