STEWART ANNOUNCES A PAIR OF MEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNEES FOR 2016-17
July 28, 2016
MARTIN, Tenn. – Kahari Beaufort and Mike Fofana have joined the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball program, Skyhawk head coach Anthony Stewart announced today. Beaufort will be a junior while Fofano will be a freshman for UT Martin during the 2016-17 campaign.
Beaufort is a 6-4, 185-pound guard out of Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas. He played for head coach Todd Neighbors, helping the Roadrunners post a 19-12 overall record in 2015-16.
A native of Hartford, Conn., Beaufort was the only player to start in all 31 games for Angelina last season. He averaged 16.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 steals per contest while shooting 44 percent (170-of-386) from the floor. He shot 37.3 percent (78-for-209) from three-point range and connected on 79.1 percent (87-of-110) of his free throw attempts. He played even better against conference opponents, tossing in 18.4 points per game on that stage.
Overall, Beaufort accumulated a dozen games of 20-plus points, including a 38-point outburst (on 14-of-18 shooting) against San Jacinto-Central on Feb. 17. He knocked down at least four 3-pointers on nine different occasions, including a season-best seven trifectas (in 12 attempts) at McLennan on Nov. 3. He also tallied 15 multi-steal performances, including 10 swipes against Cy Fair on Nov. 14.
Beaufort spent his freshman season playing under head coach Nathan Courtney at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill. Beaufort averaged 11.0 points per game on 45.5 percent shooting (86-of-189) for the Lakers in 2014-15, sinking 38.6 percent (32-of-83) of his three-point tries and 76.2 percent (48-for-63) of his attempts from the charity stripe.
As a freshman, Beaufort scored at least 15 points on six different occasions. He tossed in a season-high 29 points (on 10-of-18 shooting) in his collegiate debut against Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Nov. 1, 2014.
Beaufort attended East Hartford High School, where he was ranked as the No. 41 overall prospect in the Class of 2014 by MaxPreps. He was an all-state honoree for head coach Ed Lavoie, helping the Hornets to back-to-back 20-win seasons and deep runs in the state tournament in his final two years.
“Kahari brings toughness and intensity to our team,” Stewart said. “He is a big, skilled guard who can shoot and get to the bucket. He was waiting for the right program to believe in him as a person and not just as a basketball player. Our staff really connected with him and we are excited to welcome him into our program.”
Fofana is a 6-8, 190-pound forward from Whitehaven High School in Memphis. Playing for head coach Faragi Phillips, Fofana was named the No. 15 prospect in the state of Tennessee by BigShots.net.
Fofana was named an All-Region 8AAA performer and a Class AAA “Best of the Preps” selection by the Memphis Commercial Appeal following a senior season where the Tigers made the District 16-AAA semifinals. He went off for several big games against stiff competition, including tossing in a team-high 19 points against eventual state champion Memphis East on Jan. 12.
Before enrolling at Whitehaven, Fofana played for Phillips at Mitchell High School in Memphis. He was part of a Tiger squad that posted a combined 62-12 record and back-to-back Class A state championships during his sophomore and junior seasons, earning honorable mention All-Region 8A accolades in 2014-15.
“Mike is a very talented player who can play multiple positions – anywhere from the 2 through the 4,” Stewart said. “We have recruited him all year and he was very well-coached in high school. We are extremely pleased to have him as part of our program – once he puts on strength and adds some weight, the sky is the limit for Mike.”
Beaufort and Fofana join Dante Bailey (Chicago Ridge, Ill./Seminole State College), Jalen Jackson (Cleveland, Ohio/Neosho County CC), AJ Nywesh (Austin, Minn./Lake Region State College), Nehemiah Mabson (Lexington, Ky./New Mexico Military Institute) and Travaun Coad (West Lawn, Pa./Midland College) in this year’s signing class.
Photos courtesy of Angelina College/Ny2LASports.com