OGDEN, UTAH - Weber State head men’s basketball coach Randy Rahe has announced the signing of four new players who will join the program for the 2007-08 season. They are: KYLE BULLINGER (6-6, 200 Forward) from Mountain View, Wyoming, JOSH COTTLE (5-9, 160 Guard) from Heber City, Utah, DARIN MAHONEY (6-8, 215 Forward) also from Heber City, Utah and TREVOR MORRIS (6-9, 230 Center) from Nampa, Idaho.
Bullinger and Morris are both seniors in high school this season. Cottle and Mahoney are each currently serving two-year LDS Church missions and will return next Summer.
“We are very excited about the four players who have decided to attend Weber State. All four of these players are exactly what we want our program to be about. They are excellent students, are high character individuals and extremely competitive on the court and will be great players and even better teammates,” said Rahe. “We thought that it was very important that after signing ten players last Spring, seven of them junior college ranks, that we built a little stronger foundation with high school seniors. That was our goal. We went out and tried to recruit a certain type of player for the positions we needed them and we feel we really got it with these individuals.”
Bullinger averaged 23 points and 10 rebounds last season under Coach Kevin Lueck. He helped his team to a third place finish in the state 3A tournament.
“Number one, Weber State is not only getting an outstanding player, they are getting an outstanding student and individual,” said Lueck. “Both of Kyle’s parents are teachers so he knows the value of getting a good education. He’s probably one of the four or five top players in the state and I know he will become a solid player on the collegiate level.”
Rahe echoed Lueck’s comments.
“Kyle is everything a coach could expect or want in a player. He’s tough, he’s competitive, he’s unselfish and is a complete team player. He’s been well coached and knows how the game is supposed to be played. We are extremely excited that he’s going to become a Wildcat.”
Cottle played his freshman season at Utah Valley State College in 2004-05 after a sterling prep career at Wasatch High School in Heber City, Utah. He played his freshman season at Utah Valley State College where saw action in all 28 games. He averaged 5.5 points and 2.8 assists per game and faced the Wildcats twice that season. He did not score in Ogden but had eight points in 21 minutes in UVSC’s win over the Wildcats in Orem. At Wasatch, he helped guide the Wasps to the 2003-04 Utah Class 3A state championship where he was teammates with Darin Mahoney.
“Josh is the ultimate competitor,” said Rahe. “He is a pure point guard. He knows how to pass the ball and when to pass the ball and doesn’t give ground on the defensive end. He contacted us last Spring about transferring so he kind of fell into our lap. Our fans will really enjoying watching him play.”
Mahoney originally signed with the Wildcats in April of 2005 but left to serve a mission in August of 2005 and thus his letter became null. He was the 2004-05 Class 3A Player of the Year and led the Wasps to the finals of the 3A tournament under Coach Lonnie Magnusson. He averaged 17.0 points and 9.4 rebounds shooting just over 65 percent from the field.
“Darin has the ability to bang inside or go out and take the 15-18 footer,” said Rahe. “He is a tough competitor, a good defender and excellent rebounder. He will probably play the four spot for us but is capable of playing both post positions.”
Morris was highly sought after by the likes of Bradley, Wichita State and Wyoming. This Summer at a camp in Kansas City with over 90 players he was named “the sleeper of the year” by the camp committee.
He plays at Nampa High for former Boise State University head coach, Bus Connor. Last year as a junior he averaged just over 18 points and 10 rebounds per game.
“Trevor is as skilled as any player I’ve had the pleasure of coaching on the high school level,” said Connor. “He’s obviously the target of a lot of zone defenses and mobbing man to man defenses in high school but he still plays within himself and doesn’t let it faze him. He comes from a tremendous family and is an excellent student. Having been in the coaching ranks on the collegiate level I’ve seen a lot of good high school players and Trevor ranks right up there with the best,”
Rahe says finding a good high school post player for the future of the program was a priority and getting Morris is really coup for the Wildcats.
“There aren’t a lot of high school players out there with the size and skill which Trevor possesses so getting a player of his caliber really gives us a solid base for the next four years.”