LITTLE ROCK -
UALR head men's basketball coach Steve Shields
announced the addition of 6-5 guard/forward Leroy Isler
(Brooklyn, N.Y./Lee College) on Thursday as the Trojans' 13th scholarship player for the 2012-13 season. Isler, who originally committed to the Trojans after the spring signing period ended, comes to UALR after two seasons at Lee College in Baytown, Texas.
"Leroy is a guy who can guard the best perimeter player night-in and night-out, and fills a need on our team from that standpoint," said Shields. "He brings toughness to the floor and has the ability and willingness to do that on an everyday basis."
As a sophomore, Isler averaged 11.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game to earn honorable mention All-Conference accolades. He shot 47 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range to help the Rebels to a 19-12 record.
"Leroy is one of the toughest players, by far, that will be on the floor any given night," said Lee College head coach Roy Champagne. "He is a premier on-ball defender. He's a guy that, when a play needs to be made, he is not afraid to make it."
Isler was a prep standout at Boys & Girls in Brooklyn, N.Y., averaging 17.8 points and 13.7 rebounds as a senior during the 2009-10 season to lead the Kangaroos to the program's first city championship in 31 years. He received Second Team All-City honors from the New York Post, and was a First Team All-Star selection by the New York Daily News. Following his senior year, Isler scored 15 points in a Jordan Brand Classic regional game. He moved to Brooklyn following his sophomore year at Rutland High School in Macon, Ga., where he played football and basketball.
The addition of Isler was not the only roster activity for the Trojans with the start of the fall semester on Thursday, as UALR added two junior college walk-ons for the 2012-13 season in 6-5 guard Jalen Washington (Austin, Texas/Kilgore College) and 6-8 forward Michael Evans (North Little Rock, Ark./North Arkansas College). Washington will not be eligible to play this year and will sit out the 2012-13 season as a redshirt.