CONWAY, SC Coastal Carolina mens basketball has signed Mario Sisinni (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) and Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) to National Letters of Intent, new head coach Buzz Peterson announced today.
"We are very happy to have Mario and Joseph as our first two signees at Coastal," Peterson said. "They both know what it takes to win, as they have been a part of very successful programs in Florida and North Carolina. Having players who have been a part of winning programs is key when trying to take a program to a new level. We believe they will be important players for us, both next season and for the next four years."
Sisinni was a four-year varsity letterwinner and three-year starter at Dr. Phillips, averaging 18.2 points, 4.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals a game while hitting 37 percent from the three-point arc. After his senior season, Sisinni was named Class 6A Honorable Mention All-State by the Florida Sports Writers Association, recognizing the top 30 players in the class. He also earned Orlando Sentinel First-Team All-County honors, as well as First Team All-Metro honors after leading the Panthers to the district semifinals this season.
The 6-2 guard led the Panthers to a 63-20 mark the last three years. Sisinni also paced Dr. Phillips to a 37-4 mark in conference play with one Metro Conference title, going undefeated in 2004, and two runner-up finishes. He wrapped up his career as Dr. Phillips career leader in assists with 438 and steals with 213, while finishing fourth in career scoring with 973 points. He was also nominated for the McDonalds All-American High School Basketball team.
Harris averaged 21.2 points, 14.2 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game his senior season, leading Lejeune to a 24-5 mark and a No. 3 ranking in the final state poll. For his efforts, the 6-4 forward was named the Coastal Plains 1A Player of the Year for the third consecutive year, as well as earning The Daily News Player of the Year honor. He also was the Coastal Plains 1A Tournament MVP and the squads MVP after hitting on 61.3 percent of his shots from the floor.
Harris ended his career at Lejeune with 1,845 points and 1,264 rebounds. He had a career high of 33 points against Richlands High during his senior season and career-highs of 22 rebounds twice in his career. In his four years, the Devilpups went 96-16, including a 46-game home winning streak. Harris was also a wide receiver on Lejeunes football team during his high school career.