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Nick Stover to Join USA Men's Basketball Program

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Loyola Marymount sophomore Nick Stover will transfer to the University of South Alabama men's basketball program for the 2014-15 season, USA head coach Matthew Graves announced Tuesday.

He will sit out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

"I'm extremely excited that Nick Stover is going to be joining the Jaguar basketball family," Graves said. "He brings a great deal of experience, having already played two years at the Division I level and we're excited to help develop and expand his game in the year he has to sit out in transition."

In two seasons with LMU, Stover averaged 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 62 games. As a freshman he averaged 3.7 points and 1.3 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per contest, including 7.3 points in the Lions' run to the West Coast Conference Tournament championship game.

This past season Stover started 14 times-all during conference play-and in the final three games of the season, averaged 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 48.0 percent from the floor. He came off the bench at San Francisco to pour in a career-high 15 points and added a personal-best four steals.

"Nick brings a lot of versatility to our team," Graves said. "I believe he'll have the ability to be an all-league defensive player and offensively, with his size and length, he'll be able to score inside and outside and that will be a big key in helping our team moving forward."

As a prep Stover was a three-time All-Alpha Conference and All-California Interscholastic Federation honoree at Windward School in Los Angeles. He led the Wildcats to state titles in 2009 and 2011, and averaged 21.7 points and 9.1 rebounds in leading Windward to a state final appearance in 2012.

He also earned all-state recognition twice and received the CIF "Pursuing Honor with Victory" award on two occasions.

"Nick is a good student that works hard in the classroom," Graves said. "He has a lot of character and we like his overall package as a player both on and off the court, and his ability to help us compete for championships."