Louisiana men's basketball head coach Bob Marlin announced Thursday his recruiting class for the 2010-11 season.

Marlin and his staff have added transfers Matt LeBato (Denver) and David Perez (Centenary); Odessa College teammates Josh Brown and Scottie Farrington; and high school recruits Bryant Mbamalu and J.J. Thomas. Also joining the Ragin' Cajuns is Donovan Williams, a preferred walk-on.

"We are excited about the guys that are joining our program," Marlin said. "Josh (Brown), Scottie (Farrington) and David (Perez) give us additional experience and the freshmen are quality athletes that we expect to be a cornerstone for the future.

"Most importantly, these guys are winners based off their previous success and have a chance to develop into fantastic players at the University of Louisiana."

LeBato, a 6-foot-7 guard from Sulphur High School has transferred from the University of Denver. LeBato signed with Denver in April, but left the school over the summer after receiving a release from his letter of intent. He must sit out the 2010-11 season per NCAA transfer rules and will have four years of eligibility remaining starting in 2011-12.

As a senior, he led the Tors to a 30-6 record, which included a 20-game winning streak, and a No. 4 ranking. LeBato averaged 14.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.1 blocked shots and was named to the Class 5A All-State team. He was a two-time All-District 3-5A first team selection.

Perez, who prepped at nearby Catholic High of New Iberia, has transferred from Centenary. He is immediately eligible to play due to Centenary's multi-year reclassification process to Division III. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard has two years of eligibility remaining.

Perez led Centenary in scoring last season, averaging 15.1 points per game. He scored in double figures in 22 of 29 games played, made 65 triples and shot 84 percent (97-of-115) from the free throw line.

A three-time All-District selection, Perez scored over 1,000 career points at Catholic High. He was selected to the All-State team and the All-Acadiana team twice.

Brown was a two-year starter at Odessa College. As a sophomore last season he averaged 17.4 points and pulled down 6.8 rebounds per game on his way to a first team selection on the WJCAC All-Conference squad. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 12.8 points as a freshman.

Brown, a product of Ruston High School, was rated the nation's 30th-best prep shooting guard by ESPN.com. He was a first team All-State pick after he averaged 24.6 points and 8.7 rebounds as a senior in 2008.

Farrington, originally from the Bahamas, was Brown's teammate at Odessa College in 2009-10. The 6-foot-7, 195-pound power forward made 55.7 percent of his shots and averaged 4.0 points and 4.3 rebounds last season.

Farrington, who attended Christian Life Center Academy in Houston, spent one season at NAIA Division I Rogers State University before going to Odessa. Prior to college, he played for the Bahamas FIBA Americas Under-18 championship team in 2006.

Mbamalu earned first team All-District and All-Region honors as one of the top guards in the Houston area as a senior at Dulles High School. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 17.3 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the floor.

Thomas is a 6-foot-5, 225-pound forward from Scotlandville High in Baton Rouge. As a senior, he was named the Class 5A Most Outstanding Player. He averaged 24.2 points and 14.5 rebounds per game for the Class 5A runner-up Hornets. Thomas was named to the 2010 Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team.

Williams is a 6-foot guard who attended nearby Cecilia High School. He scored 22 points per game as a senior and was named the District 6-4A MVP, second team All-State and first team All-Acadiana. His brother, Alphonso Williams, previously walked-on at UL and was a member of the Cajuns roster from the 2003-04 through 2006-07 season.

2010-11 Louisiana Men's Basketball Recruits

Player Pos Ht Wt Cl Hometown/HS (Previous School)
Josh Brown  G 6-3 190 Jr. Ruston, La./Ruston (Odessa College)
Scottie Farrington  F 6-7 195 Jr. Nassau, Bahamas/Christian Life Center Academy (Odessa College)
Matt LeBato  G 6-7  175  Fr. Sulphur, La./Sulphur (Denver)
Bryant Mbamalu  G 6-2 180 Fr.  Houston, Texas/Dulles  
David Perez  G 6-3 195 Jr. New Iberia, La./Catholic High (Centenary)
J.J. Thomas  F 6-5 225 Fr. Opelousas, La./Scotlandville  
Donovan Williams  G 6-0  170 Fr. Cecilia, La./Cecilia  

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