Posted by Matt Sullivan on 1999-11-10
Samford University men's basketball coach Jimmy Tillette announced Wednesday the signing of two players for the 2000-2001 season during the first day of the early signing period.

Signing with the Bulldogs are Tyson Dorsey of  Brantford, Ontario, Canada and Eddie Harper of Laurel, Miss.

Dorsey, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard, averaged 25.5 points, 4.1 assists and shot 43 percent from behind the 3-point line last season at Assumption High School. He was an Ontario Top Five All-Star and ranked the seventh-best player overall in Ontario and scored over 1,500 points his last two seasons. He selected Samford over Princeton, Yale, Brown, Siena, Central Connecticut and Belmont.

Harper, a 6-5, 175-pound guard, averaged 24.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and shot 47 percent from behind the 3-point line last season at Northeast Jones High School. Harper selected Samford over Southeastern Louisiana.

Samford opens its 1999-2000 season on Monday when it hosts VASDA USA in an exhibition at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs tip-off the season on Nov. 19 when it faces St. John's in the first round of the CoSIDA Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.
 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.