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November 14, 2012

CMU signs three for 2013 in early signing period

Keno Davis has announced the signing of three thousand-point scorers to National Letters of Intent during his first early signing period as head coach of the Chippewas. Nick Carlos (Ashland, Mo.), Josh Kozinski (Edwardsburg, Mich.) and Braylon Rayson (Mesquite, Texas) have committed to playing at Central Michigan next fall.

The three-member signing class is comprised of two guards and a forward, all three of whom have scored over 1,000 points and earned all-state honors through their junior seasons.

"These are three very talented student-athletes we targeted because they have what it takes to thrive at Central Michigan both academically and on the court," said Davis.

Carlos is a 6-foot-7, 180-pound small forward who averaged 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 1.5 three-pointers, 3.3 steals and 2.3 assists per game as a junior. He earned first-team recognition on the All-Mid-Missouri Conference list after helping Southern Boone High School to a 24-4 record and an undefeated league record. He was named to the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association All-State Second Team and the KRES All-Star Basketball Team after accumulating 1,214 points and 131 blocks through his junior year.

"Nick is a versatile threat who can not only score from the perimeter but can use his athleticism to score around the basket," said Davis.

Kozinski, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard, led Edwardsburg High School with averages of 20.6 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and two blocks last year, recording the second-best scoring average in southwest Michigan. He shot 75 percent from the free throw line and was one of the state's top three-point shooters, knocking down 43.7 percent from long range. The first-team All-Lakeland Conference guard is a two-time league MVP and two-time Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Class B All-State Team selection who has scored 1,104 points through his junior year. Kozinski was named to the McDonald's Michiana High School All-Star Team and is a member of the National Honor Society. He also plays on the golf and tennis teams.

According to Davis, "Josh is one of the best shooters to come out of the 2013 recruiting class and we are looking forward to utilizing his ability to stretch defenses out beyond the three-point line."

Rayson (5-11, 165 pounds) averaged 16.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.8 three-point field goals per game last season as the starting point guard at West Mesquite High School. The District 15-4A Offensive Player of the Year shot 91 percent from the free throw line en route to all-district and all-state first-team honors. He scored 1,038 points through his first three season, leading the team in scoring, three-pointers and assists each of the last two years.

"Braylon is an extremely quick floor leader who fits right into our fast-breaking style and our pressure defense."

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