From Murray State Athletics...
Murray State head men's basketball coach Matt McMahon announced the signing of 6-8 forward Darnell Cowart out of Cowley County Community College.
Cowart, originally from Chicago, will be a junior with the Racers in the 2017-18 season.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to coach Darnell at Murray State," said McMahon said. He is a really good basketball player who will bring tremendous skill level to our team. He has great hands, great feet, and can score in a variety of ways. Darnell is coming off a terrific sophomore season at Cowley County and we can't wait for his arrival on our campus this summer."
Cowart played for Cowley Coach Tommy DeSalme in Arkansas City, Kansas.
"Off the court, he's an incredible kid," Coach DeSalme said. "He's good to everyone, he's a special young man that gets it and he's a tremendous communicator. On the court, Darnell is more than a post player, because he can do a lot of things; he's a great passer, but he can shoot it well and he's a competitor. I think the Racer fans will love him. Darnell is as skilled a player that I've ever had. Coach McMahon and his staff did a great job in recruiting him and he's right where he needs to be at Murray State."
In the 2017-18 season, Cowart appeared in 31 games to average 15.9 points per game and haul in 7.7 rebounds in only 22.3 minutes per game. Both of his totals for points and rebounds was tops on his team. He had several games of double-double performances including: 28 points and 10 rebounds against Garden City, 27 points/15 rebounds against Neosho County, 22 points and 15 rebounds against No. 6 Hutchinson and 27 points and 10 rebounds against Pratt. Cowart had nine games of 20-point scoring in the season. Cowart was named First Team All-Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) and Second Team All Region-6 of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
As a freshman in the 2016-17 season, Cowart played at Glendale Junior College in Arizona where he averaged 12.0 points and 8.1 rebounds per game and played for Coach Damin Lopez.