2003 WAC Basketball Recruiting Overview
The spring signing period came to a close last month, and the basketball programs in the Western Athletic Conference have just about wrapped up their 2003 recruiting classes. There will likely be a few additions and/or subtractions throughout the summer, but the following list provides a comprehensive synopsis of each signee:
Kenneth Kelley, 6-1, 175 lb, Carter High School (Dallas, TX)
Kelley finished his senior season averaging 21.7 points per game, while shooting 59.7% from the field, 52.3% from beyond the arc, and 70.9% from the free throw line. He was the second leading scorer and fourth leading three-point shooter in District 10-5A, leading his team to a 28-6 record. Kelley was named MVP of District 10-5A, and was listed as Second-Team All-Area by the Dallas Morning News. As a junior, Kelley averaged 19.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game. He shot over 50-percent from the field and 80-percent from the free throw line. Kelley chose TU over offers from Baylor, TCU and UNC-Wilmington, and was also considering Oklahoma, SMU and North Texas. He is listed as an Honorable Mention FutureStars (Van Coleman) All-American and is rated as 22nd best player in Texas by Texas Roundball.
Mike Kunstadt of Texas Hoops rates Kelley as the 15th best player in Texas. “(Kelley) is a smooth player who can break down the defense off the dribble and finish at the rim,” he explained. “He can really stroke the threes and can create his own shot. He is a very good ball handler and passer and has a nice feel for the game.”
Brett McDade, 5-11, 165 lb, Ryan High School (Denton, TX)
McDade completed his senior season with per game averages of 26.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.7 steals, while shooting 52.8% from the field, 40.9% from beyond the arc, and 72.4% from the free throw line. He was the leading scorer and fifth leading three-point shooter in District 6-4A, leading his team to a 27-6 record. The cat-quick guard was named MVP of District 6-4A and was listed to the TABC 4A All-State Team and Dallas Morning News All-Area Third-Team. He was also a first-team all-district selection for the third year. McDade is rated as the 14th best player in Texas by Texas Roundball and was named to the rosters for the TABC 4A/5A All-star game and the Oil Bowl Basketball Classic. He is listed among the Hoop Scoop Top 200 national players and was named Honorable Mention FutureStars (Van Coleman) All-American. McDade chose TU over offers from Louisiana Tech, Houston, Drake and North Texas, and was also being courted by Oklahoma and St. Johns. As a junior, McDade averaged 21.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.6 steals per game while leading his team to a 20-9 record. He shot 53-percent from the field, 73-percent from the free throw line, and once again garnered District MVP honors. He was the District Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore when he averaged 16.0 points.
“(McDade) is very athletic with great leaping ability,” Mike Kunstadt described. “(He) has an excellent first step and great body control and knows how to get to the basket and finish or draw a foul. (He is) a nice three-point shooter, can handle and is a good passer.”
Charles Ramsdell, 6-10, 215 lb, Kingfisher High School (Kingfisher, OK)
Ramsdell finished his senior season averaging 20.2 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game. He is a member of the 2002-2003 McDonalds All-State Team, as well as being nominated as a McDonalds All-American. Ramsdell was also named Pre-season All-State, Clinton Shootout MVP, Kingfisher County MVP, and was included on the Northwest All-Star Team, the OBCA Class 4A All-Star Team, the Oklahoma Faith 7 Team and the Little All-City First Team. Coming into his senior year, Ramsdell was rated by Hoop Scoop as the 13th best prospect in his region, which included Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. He was also listed as a Top 5 player in Oklahoma. As a junior, Ramsdell averaged 16.2 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.4 blocked shots. He shot 60-percent from the field and 72-percent from the free throw line, while earning second-team Little all-city, and being named to the Lindsay Shootout all-tournament team. Ramsdell chose TU over offers from SMU, Colorado State and Wichita State, while getting heavy interest from OSU, and Kansas State. He is also a three-time state high-jump champion, clearing 6 feet, 10 inches, a mark reached by only four others since 1983.
“Charles is a real steal with his height and athletic ability,” said Tulsa head basketball coach John Phillips. “He will give us a solid inside-outside presence. Not only does he have good height, but is also a great athlete who fills an immediate need.”
Guilherme Teichmann, 6-9, 215 lb, South Plains College (Levelland, TX)
Teichmann, from Santa Cruz, Brazil, averaged 7.1 points and 4.4 rebounds while playing 31.2 minutes per game this past season. He also added 37 assists, 36 steals and 27 blocked shots, while shooting 42-percent from the field and 39-percent from three-point range in his sophomore season. He helped South Plains College post an overall 31-4 record and national ranking of sixth during the 2002-03 season. His team won the conference and regional titles in each of his two seasons, and advanced to the NJCAA national tournament. Teichmann is one of five South Plains players moving on to play Division I basketball. Texas, Florida, BYU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, New Mexico and Baylor were just a few of the schools that evaluated him. Tulsa eventually beat out offers from Wyoming, South Alabama and Central Michigan.
“Guilherme is very skilled,” said South Plains coach Steve Green. “He sees the floor well and has great instincts. He's a very good all-around player. He does all the things a guard can do, but he does it at 6-9. This is a great opportunity for Guilherme. Tulsa is a great fit for him.”
Oswaldo Gonzalez, 6-9, 240 lb, Jacksonville College (Jacksonville, TX)
Gonzalez, from Caracas, Venezuela, averaged 10.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks this past season for the Jaguars. He shot 52-percent from the field as a sophomore and had high games of 19 points vs. Trinity Valley College and 15 rebounds against Lon Morris College. A two-year starter, Gonzalez led his team to consecutive 17-14 records and two straight appearances in the Region XIV Tournament. He earned honorable mention all-region accolades in his sophomore season. Gonzalez played in the National JUCO All-Star Game for the USA All-Star team against the Region II All-Stars, tallying 9 points and 12 rebounds. He was rated as the #3 JUCO power forward by The Sporting News and as the #10 JUCO center by Van Coleman and Lindy’s. Gonzalez chose TU over offers from College of Charleston, New Mexico State and South Alabama. New Mexico and Nebraska were also in the hunt.
“Oswaldo is very athletic and strong,” Jacksonville head coach Brandon Curran stated. “He's a shot blocker, can rebound and is effective in the paint scoring. More importantly, he's a great person. He's the model of what kind of player we want in our program at Jacksonville. He'll fit in well at Tulsa.”
Omar Thomas, 6-5, 200 lb, Panola Junior College (Carthage, TX)
Thomas led the NJCAA Division I ranks in scoring last season, averaging 36.1 points, and ranked second in rebounding (17.0 rpg). He shot 55 percent from the field and 83 percent from the line, and also collected 1.5 steals per contest. He was named a first team Junior College All-American and was rated as the #5 JUCO small forward by Lindy’s. Thomas was also ranked as the sixth best JUCO small forward by Rick Ball and The Sporting News. He chose UTEP over offers from Southern Miss and Murray State, while also getting interest from Dayton and New Mexico State.
“Omar is the kind of guy who makes our team totally different,” said UTEP head coach Billy Gillispie. “He has an unbelievable ability to score baskets. He can score from the perimeter and in the post with his back to the basket. He is a great foul shooter and offensive rebounder. He can score in the halfcourt and in transition. He took some visits to other schools, but what sold him on UTEP is the tradition of the program and his desire to get the Miners back on top.”
Filiberto Rivera, 6-1, 165 lb, Southeastern Community College (West Burlington, IA)
Rivera led SCC to the National JC Title and was named tournament MVP, as well as First-Team JUCO All-American. He averaged 16.1 points and 6.7 assists, while shooting 49% from the field and 33% from the three point range. Rivera averaged 11.9 points, 5.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds as a member of a 25-10 team his freshman campaign (2001-02), while earning second team All-Region recognition. He was rated as the #8 JUCO point guard by Lindy’s and the #3 JUCO point guard by Rick Ball and The Sporting News. He was also named to the “Super Sophomores” fourth-team by Street & Smith’s College Basketball. Rivera averaged 20 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 2.5 steals as a senior at Mercy Soto High School in Puerto Rico. He led the team in scoring and steals en route to being chosen team MVP.
“Filiberto is a true lead guard,” said Billy Gillispie. “He continues to develop and get better every game. He does what it takes to win, whether it be making the big shot, making the big pass or making the big defensive play. His signing, combined with our returning players and other newcomers joining the team this fall, gives us a great deal of excitement heading into the season.”
Jason Williams, 6-5, 205 lb, Kilgore College (Kilgore, TX)
Williams will enter UTEP with three years of eligibility remaining. He averaged 13.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.2 steals last season. Williams shot 51 percent from the field and 62 percent from the line in starting all 32 games. He had season-highs of 27 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists. Williams seems to do most of his damage around the rim, as he only took six three-point shots. Other schools recruiting him were Boston College, Southern Mississippi, Louisiana Tech, Nicholls State and Stephen F. Austin. Williams was an All-Metro, All-District and All-West Bank pick as a senior at Higgins High School in Marrero, LA. He had senior averages of 17.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks, while being named MVP of the Orleans Parrish vs. Jefferson Parrish All-Star Game, collecting 24 points and 12 rebounds.
“Jason is a slasher-type guy who knows how to make plays when the game is on the line,” Billy Gillispie described. “One of the best things about him is he's a tough competitor who knows how to play. He just gets the job done. He plays hard all of the time, and he has a great knowledge of the game.”
Brent Murphy, 6-8, 245 lb, Lon Morris College (Jacksonville, TX)
Murphy averaged 11 points and six rebounds for a 26-9 team. He shot 60 percent from the field and 60 percent from three-point range. Murphy is a skilled player who moves well and has range beyond the three point line. Lon Morris’s squad also contained Diego Romero (Florida State signee) and C. J. Pigford (UNC-Charlotte signee). He will have 3 years of eligibility left. Murphy averaged 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks as a high school senior in Pflugerville, Texas.
“Brent has the chance to develop into a really good college player because of his work ethic and size,” said Billy Gillispie. “What is most appealing about him is his ability to shoot the basketball. He has a great stroke. Much like [UTEP freshman] John Tofi, he went to college and dropped 25 pounds, and has a burning desire to get better.”
Chris Reay, 6-9, 245 lb, Plano West High School (Plano, TX)
Reay averaged 15.8 points and 6.8 rebounds as a senior, shooting 59% from the field and 50% (71-of-142) from the free throw line. As a junior, he averaged 12.5 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks per game and shot 50 percent from the field. He is listed among the Hoop Scoop Top 200 national players and was named Honorable Mention FutureStars (Van Coleman) All-American. Reay was also rated as the #23 center prospect by Rivals and the 35th best player in Texas by Texas Roundball. Mike Kunstadt of Texas Hoops lists Reay as the 54th best player in Texas.
“Chris has a big, strong body and has been improving his perimeter game,” said SMU head coach Mike Dement. “He will give us an excellent screener and size to battle inside.”
Devon Pearson, 6-7, 225 lb, Northwestern High School (Miami, FL)
Pearson averaged 15 points and 8 rebounds as a high school senior, while being named Class 6A First-Team All-State in Florida. He was also named First-Team All-South in Florida by BreakDown.com. Pearson had 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5steals, and 1 block for Team Florida in an all-star game against Team Georgia, and was one of the top shooters at the Nike Camp last summer. As a junior, he averaged 17.6 points and six rebounds, while shooting 53 percent from the floor. He is listed among the Hoop Scoop Top 200 national players and was named Honorable Mention FutureStars (Van Coleman) All-American.
“Devon has the potential to become an outstanding versatile small forward/power forward,” said Dement. “He is one of the top rebounding forwards in the country and possesses a toughness and very good shooting touch.”
Demetric Bennett, 6-4, 190 lb, Monroe High School (Albany, GA)
Bennett averaged 20.1 points, 6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game as a senior. He was a First-Team All-State selection as a junior, averaging 24.5 points and 8.9 rebounds while connecting on 44 percent of his three-point attempts. Bennett is a good athlete with speed, and was also listed among the Hoop Scoop Top 200 national players and was named Honorable Mention FutureStars (Van Coleman) All-American. His other offers were from Georgia Southern, Murray State, South Alabama, UAB and Virginia Tech, while he was also looked at by Georgia and Georgia Tech.
“Demetric possesses the size and athletic ability to become an outstanding guard at SMU and has already proved himself as one of the top shooters in the country,” said Dement.
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Mike McFadden, 6-4, 195 lb, San Jose City College (San Jose, CA)
McFadden averaged 14.1 pts and 4 assists before being dismissed from his team during the winter. He has a strong build and is a good athlete. McFadden was an 81.5 percent free shooter in his two seasons at the community college level. As a freshman in 2002, he averaged 16.3 points a game and led all California Community College players in three-point field goal accuracy at 50.5 percent (47-of-93). Rick Ball and The Sporting News listed him as the #9 JUCO shooting guard. He prepped at De Anza High School in Richmond, California.
“Michael can have a lot of success in the WAC,” said San Jose State head coach Phil Johnson. “He can play a lot of different positions, which is the type of player we are seeking. He is a versatile player, a player who plays hard, and a good student. That’s a pretty good package.”
D.J. Brown, 6-6, 230 lb, Imperial Valley College (Imperial, CA)
Brown was fifth among California Community College players in scoring last season, averaging 21.1 points a game. He also nabbed eight rebounds and two steals per game, while shooting .488 overall and .673 from the foul line. Brown was named to the Pacific Coast All-Conference Team and ranked 39th among California junior college players in steals a year ago. The native of Anniston, Alabama played his freshman season at Arizona Western College. Hoop Scoop rated him as the 12th best wing forward coming out of high school in 2000. He originally signed with USF out of high school, but ended up going the junior college route as a non-qualifier. Brown chose SJSU over offers from San Francisco, Cal State Northridge and Boise State.
Ryan Miller, 5-10, 170 lb, Shasta Junior College (Redding, CA)
Miller suffered torn ankle ligaments and a broken fibula in a game during his sophomore season (early January), and is reportedly recuperating nicely. He averaged 17 pts, 3.5 assists and shot 51 percent from the field as a freshman. He also attended Shasta High School.
Aaron Watson, 6-5, 235 lb, Ventura Community College (Ventura, CA)
Watson averaged 12 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last season, shooting .607 from the field and .561 from the charity stripe. He was 23rd in the state and led his team in field goal accuracy, while garnering All-Conference honors. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, he played his freshman season at St. Catharine College in Kentucky. Watson chose San Jose State over an offer from Hartford.
Donell Allick, 6-4, 210 lb, Seward County Community College (Liberal, KS)
Allick averaged 19.5 points, 6.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game as a sophomore, helping the Saints to a 25-7 record. He previously spent two years at Providence, where he sat out the 2000-2001 season and played sparingly for the Friars in 2001-2002, after which he left. Allick was suspended from Seward County late in the season for a non-basketball related incident. He was also offered by Baylor and was listed as a top junior college sophomore to watch by PrepStars.
“Donell's addition also gives us a very good player who can play the point or off-guard position,” said Tech head coach Keith Richard.
Juemichael Young, 6-3, 200 lb, Chipola Junior College (Marianna, FL)
Young averaged 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists per game last season, leading Chipola to a 23-9 record and garnering First-Team All-Panhandle Conference honors. He transferred from LSU after two seasons, in which he sat out the first as a non-qualifier. He averaged 1.8 points and 0.6 rebounds in 12 games during the next season and was also involved in some off-the-court incidents. Young was also offered by Middle Tennessee State and was named to the “Super Sophomores” fourth-team by Street & Smith’s College Basketball. In high school, he played with Chris Duhon [Duke], Brandon Mouton [Texas] and the New Orleans Jazz traveling program. Young was listed as the #6 JUCO shooting guard by Rick Ball and The Sporting News and was rated as the #2 JUCO shooting guard by Lindy’s.
Fred Marshall, 6-2, 190 lb, Coffeyville Community College (Coffeyville, KS)
Marshall averaged 21.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game as a sophomore, while being named MVP of the Eastern Division of the Jayhawk Conference and First-Team All-Region. He is a very quick player that uses his penetration skills for both scoring and playmaking. He is also a solid defender. Marshall was evaluated by Auburn and East Carolina, and he also had an offer from New Orleans. In his two years there, he helped guide CCC to a 65-11 record and the National Junior College tournament.
Paul Milsap, 6-8, 210 lb, Grambling High School (Grambling, LA)
Milsap averaged 26 points and 12 rebounds as a senior for Class A Grambling. He was also offered by Ole Miss and was looked at by Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, LSU, Mississippi State, OU, Texas, Tulane and Tulsa. He participated in the 2002 Nike Camp and was one of the top players at the Kingwood Classic in April of 2002. Milsap was named an Eighth-Team FutureStars (Van Coleman) All-American and was listed among the Top 100 players in the nation by several sources (#28 by Hoop Scoop, #58 by ESPN.com, #49 by Foxsports.com and #55 by Prepallstars.com).
“Paul Millsap is rated as one of the top fifty players in the country by many services,” Richard said. “I'm extremely excited to get a player of his caliber and potential.”
Lorenzo Williams, 6-1, 190 lb, Ellison High School (Killeen, TX)
Williams averaged 20 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds per game as a senior on a team ranked #4 in the state with a 35-2 record. He was twice named Region MVP and is an excellent ball-handler and passer. Williams can create his shot over anyone because of his leaping ability and was also offered by Holy Cross, Southwest Texas State, UTEP and Colorado State. He is listed as the ninth best player in Texas by Texas Roundball and the twenty-second best player in Texas by Mike Kunstadt of Texas Hoops.
“Lorenzo is an athletic, talented, quick, smooth lefty than can score and distribute the basketball a lot of different ways,” Rice head coach Willis Wilson said. “He'll have an opportunity to play for us and he fits into that mode of what we've had recently here at Rice of young players contributing to a very good basketball team.”
Greg Killings, 6-10, 230 lb, Northwestern High School (Miami, FL)
Rated as the No. 46 senior in Florida by Break-down.com, Killings averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds. He is somewhat inconsistent, but has all the physical attributes and frame to be a great player. Killings is very bright, scoring 1140 on the SAT and ranking fourth out of 466 in his senior class. He was a high school teammate of SMU signee Devon Pearson and was also recruited by Stanford, Florida State and Rutgers. Van Coleman listed him as a Honorable Mention FutureStars All-American.
“Greg is a big-bodied post with a commanding presence and a lot of raw skills,” Willis Wilson said. “He is a good player who has a chance to develop into a tremendous basketball player. His best days are ahead of him, and I'm looking forward to working with him and help him reach his potential.”
Morris Almond, 6-5, 210 lb, McEachern High School (Powder Springs, GA)
Almond is a big time athlete that can really score off the dribble. He played against some tough competition in high school, averaging 21.6 points and 7.4 rebounds as a senior. As a junior, he was a First-Team All-State pick, averaging 24 points, 11 rebounds and three assists per game. Almond played for the Georgia Stars AAU team and was one of the standouts at the Kingwood Classic last year. He suffered a small crack in his left knee-cap in McEachern High's regional title-game. They lost the game, but Almond still scored 34 points. He was also offered by Stanford, Marquette, Indiana, Tulane, Virginia and Yale, and was rated as one of the Top 120 seniors in the nation by both Hoop Scoop and PrepStars.
Jason Okrzesik, 6-1, 190 lb, Fenwick High School (Chicago, IL)
Okrzesik averaged 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and 3.5 steals per game as a senior. He also proved to be a clutch shooter at the foul line, going 95 of 112 for the season. As a junior, he averaged 13 points and six assists on the way to first-team all-Catholic league honors. Other teams showing interest were Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, Holy Cross and William & Mary. Okrzesik was ranked as the 37th best player in Illinois.
Franco Harris, 5-11, 170 lb, Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, CA)
Harris averaged 18.2 points and 2.5 assists as a sophomore last season. He connected on 45 percent of his field goals, 41 percent of his 3-point shots, and 81 percent of his free throws, leading DVC to a 34-3 record. As a freshman, he led DVC to a 27-8 record while averaging 17.8 points per game. Harris is a silky smooth shooter and was a two-time All-Conference player at Diablo Valley. Despite his height, his natural position is the shooting guard, and he has a knack of getting his shot off quickly. Last season, he earned first team All-State honors and First-Team All-Bay Valley West Conference honors after leading his team to the quarter-finals of the state tournament. Harris was also named MVP of the 2002 Chevron Invitational and the Skyline Invitational, as well as the Delta Holiday Tournament. His other offers included Cal Poly, Sacramento State and Southwest Missouri State. Harris prepped at El Cerrito High School, CA.
“He is a very, very good shooter,” said Bronco head coach Greg Graham. “He comes from a program where they ended up 34-3 for the season and he had three games of eight or nine threes. He can really shoot the ball and that is something we need to add to the team.”
Mattias Johansson, 7-0, 250 lb, Yavapai College (Prescott, AZ)
Originally from Uppsala, Sweden, Johansson played in 30 games last season, averaging 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 55% from the floor, helping Yavapai to a 27-5 record, the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference championship, and a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament. As a freshman, he shot 50% from the field while averaging 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds. Johansson was also member of the Swedish Junior National Team. He needs to add some lower body strength and work on his one-on-one skills, but could develop into a good inside presence. Johansson can run the court for his size and plays hard. Other schools showing interest were Portland State and Northern Arizona.
“Mattias gives us some much needed size inside,” Graham stated. “He’s a low block player who has nice touch out to 17 feet. He plays hard, he can defend, and he runs the floor very well for his size. He gives us a guy with that big bulk and size that is needed to win the league championship.”
Eric Lane, 6-0, 170 lb, St. John Bosco High School (Bellflower, CA)
Lane averaged 19.7 points and 6 assists as a senior, while making 234-of-476 shots (49%), 71-of-153 three-pointers (46%), and 84-of-116 free throws (72%). He is a solid, skilled point guard that possesses quickness, good passing skills and good basketball sense. Lane was named Co-Player of the Year for CIF Division II-AA along with Ray Reed of Inglewood, CA. He was also recruited by Cal-Riverside, CS-Fullerton, East Carolina, Long Beach State, Nevada, Pepperdine, San Diego State, St. Mary’s CA and Washington.
“(Lane) just got the award for being the John Wooden 2A Player of the Year in California,” Graham explained. “He fills a big need for us, giving us a point guard in the program for the future. He is a point guard who can not only run a team but can score as well.”
Darius Harper, 6-1, 185 lb, Hebron High School (Carrollton, TX)
The son of former NBA player Derek Harper averaged 17.5 points and 6.8 assists last year, while shooting 78% from the free-throw line. He was named MVP of class 6-4A and Second-Team All-State. He played behind Tulsa signees Kenneth Kelley and Brett McDade on the Texas Top Prospects AAU team. Harper also had offers from Southwest Texas State and Colorado State and received interest from Drake, Evansville, Southern, UTEP and TCU. He was rated as the 43rd best player in Texas by Texas Roundball and as the 35th best player in Texas by Mike Kunstadt of Texas Hoops.
“(Harper) gives us a freshman guard who can play one, two, or three for us,” said Coach Graham. “He can play any spot and is a strong physical guard, so we stay big at the guard spot. He shoots the ball very well, too.”
Jermaine Washington, 6-5, 190 lb, South Plains College (Levelland, TX)
Washington averaged 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore, earning All-WJCAC and All-Region V honors. He shot 54.4 percent from the field, 31.9 percent from three-point range, and 76.5 percent from the charity stripe. Washington is a versatile player who can score inside and outside, using his quick leaping ability to score on the offensive glass and hit the mid-range jumper. He was a teammate of Tulsa signee Guilherme Teichmann and is originally from Columbia, South Carolina. Washington was also offered by Southwest Texas State and evaluated by Middle Tennessee State and Kent State.
“Jermaine is an extremely competitive young man and a very versatile player,” said Nevada head coach Trent Johnson. “He will be a valuable addition to our program.”
Nick Fazekas, 6-11, 205 lb, Ralston Valley High School (Arvada, CO)
Fazekas averaged 26.9 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 3.5 blocks as a senior, while being selected as the Rocky Mountain News/News4 Colorado Mr. Basketball. He was also named Class 4-A Player of the year as a junior, averaging 22.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game. He is a very skilled big man and shoots .755 from the free-throw line, but needs to improve his overall athleticism. His other offers were from Marquette, Utah and LSU.
“Nick has as many accolades of any player we have recruited to Nevada,” Coach Johnson explained. “He has the potential to be an outstanding player for our program.”
Kyle Shiloh, 6-2, 180 lb, Garces Memorial High School (Bakersfield, CA)
Shiloh averaged 14.1 points per game as a senior, leading Garces to their third-straight runner-up finish in the CIF So-Cal championships. In the past three seasons, he helped Garces to an overall record of 95-8. As a junior, Shiloh averaged 14 points and 9.8 assists, garnering Player of the Year in the Sequoia-Sierra Division of the Central Section. He was named First-Team All-Central Section in the Sequoia-Sierra Division and All-Division IV as a senior. Shiloh is a solid floor leader and a good athlete; however, he is also a streaky shooter. He was also recruited by Iowa State and Long Beach State.
“Kyle is a point guard in every sense of the word,” said Coach Johnson. “He is extremely quick, has great decision making skills and possesses excellent toughness.”
Francis Koffi, 6-8, 230 lb, Cowley County Community College (Arkansas City, KS)
Originally from Paris, France, Koffi averaged 13.1 pts and 6.0 rebounds per contest, while shooting 56.7 percent from the floor and 77.4 percent from the free-throw line. He averaged just over 18 minutes per game on a team that played a number of players, yet was still named Third-Team All-Conference in the Eastern Division of the Jayhawk Conference. He is a good athlete, has good skills for his size, shoots well from long range and has made great improvement over his freshman year. Koffi chose Fresno State over an offer from New Mexico State.
“We are happy to welcome Francis to our basketball family,” Fresno head coach Ray Lopes said. “His addition will add much needed depth to our front line. The thing I like best about Francis is that his best basketball is ahead of him. He comes from a tremendous junior college program where he's been well coached, and he's made great improvements from his freshman to his sophomore season. Francis has good athleticism and good skills for his size. He can shoot well from long range and consistently makes free throws at a high percentage. Above all else, he's a terrific young man who will fit in well with our players and program. And he's a good student who has a desire to graduate from our university.”
Dreike Bouldin, 6-8, 215 lb, Carl Albert State College (Poteau, OK)
Bouldin led the 13-team Region II in rebounding with 9.1 per game, to go along with his 14.2-point scoring average. He shot 43 percent beyond the three-point line and 80 percent from the charity stripe. As a freshman, Bouldin averaged 13.2 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting 47 percent from the floor, 78 percent from the line and 43 percent from the arc. Lindy’s rated him as the #8 JUCO small forward in the country, while Rick Ball and The Sporting News ranked him as the #4 JUCO power forward.
“Dreike is a very athletic combo forward that possesses a high skill level,” Lopes said. “He is an extremely competitive, tough individual who cares about only one thing, and that's winning. He has the ability to play both the power and small forward positions because of his talents on the block and on the perimeter. He has been committed to us since August and has always wanted to be a Bulldog, and for that I am ecstatic.”
Jack Marlow, 7-0, 315 lb, Salt Lake Community College (Salt Lake City, UT)
Marlow averaged 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per game as a sophomore after transferring from Oklahoma State, where he never seemed comfortable and was out of shape. He averaged 17.3 points and 8.4 rebounds as a senior at Union High School in Tulsa, OK. Other schools interested in him were Utah State and Oregon State. While considered a project because of his weight troubles, Marlow emerged toward the end of the Salt Lake Community College season, scoring a team-high 12 points in his last game.
“What I really like about Jack is that he has played Division I basketball,” Lopes explained. “He was a top 100 prospect out of high school and was highly recruited by many schools. Jack comes from a top Division I program where he was well coached, and I'm sure he gained valuable experience from that. He's also a smart player with an exceptional basketball IQ. Jack brings good size to the team and because he is a good passer could present match-up problems.”
Marcus West, 6-5, 185 lb, San Jacinto College (Pasadena, TX)
West averaged 16.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, shooting 43 percent (116 of 270) from the arc and 48.1 percent overall. He was named to the Region 14 All-Conference First-Team, and turned down offers from Alabama A&M and Florida A&M. In a game last season against Panola College, West made eleven 3-pointers. He started every game in his two seasons at San Jacinto, which lost in the national junior college championship in March. As a freshman, West averaged 14.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, finishing second on his team in three-pointers made and three-point percentage. He has a lanky frame and is not a great ball-handler, but he knows how to get open and is a terrific shooter.
“Marcus is a great addition to our basketball program,” Lopes said. “He’s a good shooter and has been a part of a very successful team the past couple of years. He knows what it's like to win, and he fills a void that we had at the shooting guard position.”
Julian Sensley, 6-9, 230 lb, Los Angeles City College (Los Angeles, CA)
Originally from Hawaii, Sensley averaged 13.4 points and 7.8 rebounds as a freshman at LACC, leading them to a 36-2 record and the California Community College Championship. He also collected All-State honors, while shooting 52.8 percent from the field. Sensley originally signed with Cal for the 2001-2002 school year but was not allowed to enroll when the NCAA denied his appeal of their partial qualification decision. He then enrolled as a part time student at Diablo Valley CC and was practicing with the team, bet decided to leave for Iona. While not joining the team at Iona, he was expected to transfer to Fresno State, but instead, ultimately landed at L.A. City College. During the early signing period last fall, Sensley signed a Letter-Of-Intent with San Francisco; however, he received his release this spring and signed a scholarship agreement with Hawaii. Sensley was a first-team All-State selection at Kalaheo High School in Hawaii as a sophomore and junior. He then attended St. Thomas More, a prep school in Connecticut, for the next two years. As a senior at St. Thomas More, he led his team in three-point shooting, averaging 18 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks per game. Basketball Phenoms ranked Sensley as the sixth best player in the class of 2001.
“We are excited that Julian is returning to Hawaii to become a part of the Rainbow basketball program,” head coach Riley Wallace said. “He is a versatile athlete who can play both forward positions and will add to an already talented frontline. With his size and athleticism, he is the kind of player who can help strengthen our program.”
Jake Sottos, 6-4, 175 lb, Southeastern Community College (West Burlington, IA)
Along with UTEP signee Filiberto Rivera, Sottos helped SCC win the NJCAA National Championship, going 37-1. He led the team in scoring with a 16.6 average, while shooting 41 percent from 3-point range and 82 percent from the free-throw line. He also averaged 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Sottos set a school record with 127 three-pointers last season, and was a first-team All-Region XI selection. The only other recruiting visit he made this year was to Eastern Michigan. Other programs showing interest were Colorado, New Mexico, Bradley, Texas-El Paso and Evansville. Sottos was a First-Team All-State pick as a senior at Monmouth High School in Monmouth, IL, averaging 26 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals per game. He was also named Peoria Journal-Star Class A Player of the Year as a senior. Sottos was Third-Team All-State as a junior, with per game averages of 25 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. He is Monmouth High’s all-time leading scorer, accumulating more then 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 500 assists in three varsity seasons.
“Jake is a lefty who has good range and has proven he can shoot the three,” Wallace said. “His style of play fits perfectly in our system and our guys felt he could fit in well. Jake is a good athlete and an even better student. He just felt overall (Hawaii) was a good package.”
Logan Lee, 6-2, 170 lb, South Plains College (Levelland, TX)
One of several South Plains players to sign with WAC schools, Lee averaged 9.9 points and 4.9 assists per game last season, while shooting .441 from the field, .323 from the arc and .840 from the line. He was also recruited by Colorado State and was evaluated by Tulsa as a high school senior at John Marshall High in San Antonio, Texas, where he averaged 17 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds per game. Lee was the district's most valuable player, and a second-team all-state selection.
“He's a true point guard and he can shoot the three,” Coach Wallace described. “And the best thing is he'll only be a sophomore.”
Jeff Blackett, 6-8, 210 lb, Salt Lake Community College (Salt Lake City, UT)
Blackett averaged 13.9 points and 6.3 rebounds this past season, shooting 48 percent from the field and 89 percent from the free-throw line, earning Second-Team All-Region XVIII honors. He played alongside Fresno State signee Jack Marlow. As a freshman, he averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds. Blackett played high school ball in Ogden, Utah, and is a Mormon that has already gone on an LDS Church mission, making him a little older than most junior college sophomores.
“Of the players we signed, he might be the one most ready to play right now,” Wallace said. “He can shoot it out to fifteen feet, but he can also post up and dunk. He'll help us in a lot of ways.”
Bobby Nash, 6-6, 190 lb, Iolani High School (Iolani, HI)
Nash averaged 14.5 points per game as a senior, while being named College Basketball News’ top player in Hawaii. He was also selected First-Team All-State as a junior and senior by the Honolulu Advertiser. As a junior, Nash averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 steals per game. He also had a very good sophomore season with per game averages of 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. Nash is listed among the Top 100 players in the nation by several sources (#76 by Hoop Scoop, #87 by ESPN.com and #95 by Rivals.com). He was also recruited by Baylor, UNLV, West Virginia and Boston University, but Nash was destined for UH, as his father is an assistant coach. Nash is not an overwhelming athlete, but simply does everything well and is an outstanding shooter.
“He's still young and growing,” Wallace explained. “But I have a feeling nobody will play harder than he will once practice starts.”
The above list is complete to our knowledge as of June 11, 2003. It only contains players that were signed as scholarship players during the 2002-2003 recruiting calendar.
Chris Harmon covers University of Tulsa athletics for Tulsa SportsWeb in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is also the Editor of the Hurricane Alert newsletter and contributes as a Recruiting Analyst to Sooner State Recruiting. Chris can be reached at Chris@TulsaSportsWeb.com.
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