USD Men's Basketball 2003-2004


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USD Athletics

USD General Information School Name University of San Diego Location 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492 Year Founded 1949 Enrollment 7,200 Conference West Coast Affiliation NCAA Division I Colors Columbia Blue, Navy, White Nickname Toreros Media Relations Associate AD for Media Relations Ted Gosen, MBB Contact E-Mail Office Phone (619) 260-4745 Home Phone (858) 486-3284 Asst. Media Relations Dir. Nick Mirkovich E-Mail Office Phone (619) 260-7930

President Mary E. Lyons, Ph.D. NCAA Faculty Representative Mi tch Malachowski Vice President for Student Affairs Robert Pastoor Asst. VP for Student Affairs & Athletics TBA Direclor ofAthletics/SWA Jo-Ann Nester Associate Director ofAthlelics Dan Yourg Director ofDevelopment for Student Affairs and Athletics Brian Fogarty Asst. AD/, Marketing & Promotions Wendy McReynolds Assistant Director Athletic Development Erin Sheehan Associate ADfor Facilities & Operations John Martin Assistant AD/Facilities & Operations Andy Fee Associate AD/Compliance & Administration Mike Matoso Assistant AD/Academics Shaney Fink Director ofJenny Craig Pavilion Josh Lawrence Asst. JCP Director/Events Manager Derek Hill estad Athletic Ticket Manager Tony Valle Head Athletic Trainer Caro lyn Greer Assistant Athletic Trainers Suzi Higgins, Paul Signore ll i, Wil Filamor, Penny Goldberg Strength & Conditioning Coach Dean Aresco Ass/. Slrength & Conditioning Coach Jimmy Goins Head Team Physician Paul Murphy, MD Associate Team Physicians Jerry Hizon, MD; Rich Uhl er, DO; Calvin Wong, MD; Ken Anderson, DO Table ofContents I 2-1 5 Misc. In formation Th is is USD Basketball

USD Basketball Quick Facts 2002-03 Overall R ecord: 18-12 WCCFinish/Place: 10-4/lnd place Home Record: 9-5, Away: 8-6, Neutral: 1-1 Head Coach: Brad Bolland (10th Season; UCLA, 1979)

Record at USD: 144-111, 9 Seasons Career Record: 167-142, 11 Seasons Associate Head Coach: Brian Fish, 2nd Year; Marshall, '89 Assistant Coaches: Steve Flint, 4th Year; UC San Diego, '84 Sam Scholl, 4th Year; USD '01 Head Team Manager Nick Earnest, 1st Year; Texas Chri.stian '01 USD Men's Basketball Phone: 619/260-4829 Starters/Lettermen Returning: 116

Student Assistants Adam Carney Amanda Piechowski Alex Anella Megan Doroba Stephanie Rockwell Media Relations Fax (619) 260-2990 JCP Press Row

FRONT COVER CREDIT: A special thank you to Mr. Al Nuness of Jostens, along with JeffLee, Chris Gavenda and Lorie Rufi, for the front cover artwork of last year's WCC Tournament Championship & NCAA Tournament Ring. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 2003-2004 USD Men's Basketball Media Guide Produced by the USD Athletic Media Relations Office Design, Edit & Layout: Ted Gosen Photography: Brock Scott, Scott Photo Printing: Kings Printing Corporation Inside Front Cover ofDowntown San Diego, Photo by Dale Frost, Port of San Diego

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2003-2004 Prev iew USD Coaching Staff Team Photo/Roster Torero Biographies Opponents Section Torero Record Section 2002-2003 Statistics 2002-2003 Season Review West Coast Conference WCC Tournament NCAA Compliance USD Administration/Staff Radi o/TV In formation Medi a Outlets/US O Webcast Radio/Telev ision Roster 2003-2004 Schedule

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"The greatest challenge to a Divi– sion I athlete is to balance the demands ofsport while taking full advantage of theeducationalexperience offered. The purpose of our program is to assist student-athletes in meeting this chal– lenge by offering tutoring, advising, mentoring and a quiet environment to study. The academic supportprogram is designed to assist students in adjust– ing to life at USD anddevelopingsound academic and career plans. By pro– moting a philosophy of individual re– sponsibility, which encourages each student-athlete to value their educa– tional experience, the academic sup– port program assists each athlete to realize their full potential "

Men's Basketball wee ALL-ACADEMIC

2002-2003 Jason Blair Matt Delzell 2001-2002 Jason Blair Matt Delzell

2000-2001 James Borrego Matt Delzell Cameron Rigby 1999-2000 Matt Delzell Cameron Rigby 1998-1 999 Cameron Rigby 1996-1997 Brian Bruso Sean F lannery

ACADEMICSUPPORT CENTER The USD Athletic Academic Support Program is designed to promote the academic development ofstudent-athletes. The primary objective is to offer the necessary resources for the academic success ofstudent-athletes as they work to earn their degree. Academic Support Services are designed to enhance the student-athlete's overall collegiate experi– ence and encourage development and attainment of academic and career goals. All USD student-athletes have access to advising, tutoring and mentoring services. The mentoring program, Access, was developed in 1999 and teams a graduate student in the Counseling program with an athlete who would like to enhance study skills, learn about campus resources and receive guidance on goal development and attainment. Student-athletes also have access to a quiet area where they can study or work in the computer center. I n addition, student-athletes are encouraged to utilize the campus learning centers including the Writing, Math and Logic Centers as well as to take advantage ofthe resources available to them in the Career Center, Counseling Center and Computer Labs.

1995-1996 Brian Bruso 1994-1995 Brian Bruso 1993-1994 Brian Bruso 1990-1991 Keith Colvin

WHERE ARE THEY NOW ? A sampling ofjust a few of our graduates - Brooks Barnhard, '94 Dir. of Christian Youth Sports Camps inSan Diego Michael Brown, '93 Assistant NBA Coach, San Antonio Spurs Michael C.ourtney, '98 Teacher/Head Basketball Coach, Woodside HS Nick Greene, '01 Financial Planner, Phoenix, AZ Brock Jacobsen, '99 Teacher/Asst. Basketball Coach, Glendora HS Nils Madden, '87 Regional Marketing Development Manager, Hewlett Packard In San Diego Mike Whitmarsh, '85 Professional Beach Volleyball Player Ryan Williams, '99 Accountant at Considine and Considine In San Diego

DID YOU KNOW? The family of Donald and Darlene Shiley made the largest donation in its long history of phi• lanthropy in 2002, a $10 million naming gift for what will be known as the Donald P. Shiley Cen• ter for Science and Technology. Construction for the 150,000-square foot Center began in 2001. The new Center, which opened this Fall, con– tains 73 state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for chemistry, biology, marine science and environ– mental studies, biochemistry, physics and re– lated sciences. Additionally, the building will include aquari• ums, an astronomy deck, an aviary, a green– house, and conference areas to accommodate gatherings of science-related groups and orga– nizations.

ATHLETICS The University of San Diego is a member of the West Coast Conference for nearly all sports and competes in 16 intercollegiate sports on the NCAA Division I level. The football team is in its tenth season in the Pioneer Football League . Women's sports include: basketball, cross country, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming, ten– nis and volleyball. Men's sports include: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, football, rowing, soccer and tennis. Since 1990 USD teams have made 38 NCAA post-season appearances; garnered 35 All-America selections; had 32 Conference Coaches of the Year; 25 Conference Players of the Year; 14 Conference Freshmen of the Year; won 13 conference championships; and 4 wee Scholar Athletes of the Year. Last year saw the men's basketball program win their first WCC Basketball Tournament Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in sixteen years.


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Head coach Brad Holland enters his 10th year at the helm of the Torero men's basketball program and his 2003-04 lineup will have quite a different look from the team that won last year's West Coast Conference Basketball Championship and advanced to the NCAA ,.._._.. Tournament. Gone from last year's 18-12 club are four senior start– ers that accounted for 73.4% of the team's scoring punch - center Jason Keep (18.0 ppg), forward Jason Blair (17.1 ppg), guard Roy Morris (12.3 ppg) and team captain and point guard Matt Delzell (8.0 ppg). Despite the loss of four starters, Holland has consis– tently proven over the past decade that he can mold his club into a cohesive group that plays well together as a team, and that will be r-• 111111111 competitive game in and game out. THE RETURNING CLASS:

USD's lone returning starter is junior wing Corey Belser who was named the team's Best Defensive Player this past year. Look for the athletic Belser, who averaged 4.1 ppg and 4.5 rpg, to be asked to increase his offensive output, something he was not expected to do this past year. Two other returners that were in the team's eight-man rotation include junior guard Mike McGrain and sophomore forward/center Nick Lewis. McGrain was the team's first guard off the bench this past season and is projected as the team's starting point guard. Lewis, who

gave the Toreros instant offense off the bench and was named the team's Most Improved Player after averaging 8.6 ppg, will play a key role again in USD's plans at both ends of the floor. Other re– turners back that will be counted on to produce include senior for– ward-center Abdou Sane, senior shooting guard Brad Lechtenberg and sophomore guard Travis Smith. The Toreros will also have the luxury of getting the services ofjunior shooting guard Brett Melton. Melton, a transfer from the University of Illinois who sat out last season, should give the Toreros one of the league's most dangerous three-point threats. He'll be counted on to supply a lot of offense that USD will be missing from the loss of their four seniors. THE NEWCOMERS: The Torero coaching staff, which has concentrated on getting more athletic through their recruiting efforts, have a trio of incoming recruits who will be expected to contribute immediately - junior foward Brandon Gay (Missouri City, TX), junior forward/center Brice Vounang (Dschang , Cameroon) and freshman guard Michael Hubbard (Los Angeles, CA). Gay, a 6-8 forward from Seward County CC in Kansas, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Jayhawk West Conference after averaging 14.9 ppg and 8.4 rpg; Vounang averaged 18.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg at Eastern


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Oklahoma State Junior College while earning All-Bi-State Confer– ence honors; and Hubbard, who sat out last season at Fullerton Jun– ior College after he suffered a MCL injury to his right knee, will compete for playing time at the point guard slot. Avi Fogel, a 6-2 point guard out of nearby Torrey Pines High School, will walk-on this year with the Toreros after a stellar high school career with the Falcons. THE REDSHIRT CLASS: The Torero coaching staff has brought in three players that will sit out the upcoming campaign and won't be eligible until the 2004-05 season. This trio will play a key role in helping USD continue its winning ways with their everyday play in practices. Floyd North, III returns to San Diego after two years with the Oregon State pro– gram. He started 33 of 57 games with the Beavers and last year averaged 5.3 ppg and 3.6 rpg. He prepped at Saint Augustine HS where he concluded his prep career with 2,039 points after averag– ing 23.6 ppg his senior year. He was tabbed the San Diego Union– Tribune Player of the Year. Also joining the Toreros is 6-9 center Andrew Zahn, by way of the University of Arizona and Biola, and 6-1 guard Ross DeRogatis, a transfer from Oklahoma State.


The Toreros will once again play a very demanding and tough schedule with just four nonconference games slated for the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion. USD will open their season at the Dell BCA Classic (Nov. 15- 17), an 8-team tourney which will be hosted by Xavier University. The Toreros will open with Oakland, and play

either UC Irvine or Illinois-Chicago in the second game. They'll fol– low that up with a trip to Creighton (Nov. 22) before hosting South– ern Methodist (Nov. 28) and San Diego State (Dec. 3). Other tough road opponents include trips to Utah, UC Santa Barbara, Northern Arizona, Southwest Missouri State and New Mexico. The Toreros will also compete in the Arizona Holiday Classic (Dec. 29-30) and will face the host Sundevils in the first game. West Coast Confer– ence play begins Jan. 15th at home with LMU and culminates with a tough trip to the Pacific Northwest against Gonzaga (Feb. 26; ESPN2 telecast) and Portland (Feb. 28). This year's WCC Tournament will be played at Santa Clara University (March 5-8, 2004).

Final 2002-2003 West Coast Conference Standings Team wee Overall Gonzaga 12-2 24-9 SAN DIEGO 10-4 18-12 San Francisco 9-5 15-14 Pepperdine 7-7 15-13 Saint Mary's 6-8 15-15 Santa Clara 4-10 13-15 Portland 4-10 11-17 Loyola Marymount 4-10 11-20 wee 1st Team - Jason Keep & Jason Blair


Page 18 10th year Two-time WCC Coach of the Year

The 2003-2004 season is Brad Holland's tenth at the helm of the USD men's basketball program. Holland has guided USD to 88 victories over the past five seasons, including a personal-best 20 win season in 1999-2000. This past year he guided USD to an impressive 18-12 mark; to the 2003 West Coast Conference Basketball Championship title; and to the program's fi rst trip to the NCAA Tournament in sixteen years. This past season was highlighted early on by the team's 86-81 overtime win at UCLA. The Toreros would go on to tally a 10-4 2nd place finish in the WCC standings. With the 2nd place mark the Toreros earned a double-bye into the WCC Tournament semifinals; they knocked off San Francisco in the semi– final , then beat Gonzaga in front of a national TV audience in the title game to earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. They gave the Stanford Cardinal a battle before fall ing 77-69 in NCAA I st round action. Senior center Jason Keep became the program's first ever I st Team selection for District 15. Two seasons ago, for the second straight year, Holland guided the Toreros to a 16-13 mark and a semifinal appearance in the WCC Championships. The Toreros earned quality nonconference wins over UC Irvine and San Diego State (4 1h straight year), along with key WCC wins over Santa Clara (on the road) and San Francisco (twice). Senior guard Andre Laws became the first Torero since 1987 to earn District 15 honors (2"d Team). Four seasons ago he guided the Toreros to a 20-9 overall mark and I 0-4 WCC fin ish. The 20 wins and

----------------- 10 WCC victories were the school ' s most since the 1987 season. For hi s efforts, Holland was named the WCC Coach of the Year by his peers for the second straight season. The Toreros won seven of their final ten games to finish strong again, a trait of Holland coached teams. The season was highl ighted by WCC wins at Gonzaga (82-70), and at home over WCC champion Pepperdine (73-62). The Toreros finished 11 -2 at home, and were 9-7 on the road, including an excellent 5-2 WCC road mark. He earned his first WCC Coach of the Year honor during the 1998-99 campaign when he directed USD to an 18-9 record and a second place finish in the West Coast Conference race (9-5). Highlights from the 1998-99 squad included the team ' s victory over Texas in the Torero Tip-Off, and the team' s upset over then No. 25-ranked Gonzaga (75-59). In 1997-98 Holland guided USD to a 14-14 overall record and a third straight semifinal appearance in the West Coast Conference Tournament. The Toreros won five of their final eight contests and earned sol id victories over WCC champion Gonzaga, and two wins over WCC runner-up Pepperdine. Holland owns a ten-year mark of 144-111 at USD - including his two-year stint at Cal State Fullerton, his career coaching record sits at 167- 142. He has strung together five straight winning campaigns, and eight straight seasons with .500 or better records. Seven seasons ago he directed the Toreros to a 17-11 record; the 17 wins were a personal-best for Holland in six years as a collegiate head coach. The Toreros advanced to the semifinals of the WCC Tournament after defeating Gonzaga in the opener. They finished the season on a strong note, winning seven of their fi nal nine. Included in the team's 17 victories were solid nonconference wins against San Jose State, Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine. Although they came up short, the Toreros played Kansas to seven points in Lawrence (72-79) and Stanford to two (70-72) at the San Diego Sports Arena. The 1995-96 club, hit with a variety of injuries throughout the year, finished strong and ended the year at 14-14. In his first year at USD Brad gu ided the Toreros to an 11-16 overall record and a fifth place finish in the West Coast Conference. The season was highlighted early-on when the Toreros downed visiting Notre Dame, 90-76, on December 3rd before 6,522 fans at the San Diego Sports Arena. Prior to USD Holl and won rave reviews for the manner in which he revitalized the Cal State Fullerton men ' s basketball program. During the 1992- 93 season, his first as a head coach, theTitans finished 15-12 and posted the school' s first winning record in four years while going 10-8 in the Big West Conference. Along the way they beat every team in the conference except New Mexico State, capping the year with an exciting one-point home victory over nationally ranked UNLV. His 1993-94 team, which lost three players to season-ending injuries prior to the start of the season, fin ished 8-19 overall and eighth in Big West play. They did have some memorable victories - they won at Nevada and UC Santa Barbara' s Thunderdome; they won for the third year in a row at UC Irvine; and they knocked off UNLV with a 84-75 victory at the Thomas and Mack Center. Prior to his appointment at Cal State Fullerton, Holland was an assistant coach on Jim Harrick' s staff at UCLA from August, 1988 to March , 1992. He helped the Bruins return to national prominence while compiling a ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


93-35 record that took them to four NCAA tournaments. Success as a head coach is merely the latest positive mark Holland has made on Southern California basketball. He was a basketball and football star at Crescenta Valley High School. He was a four-year basketball letterman at UCLA and played with the Los Angeles Lakers and two other National Basketball Association teams before retiring in 1982 due to a knee injury. He entered private business and also was a broadcaster for Prime Ticket from 1985 to 1988. Holland was the last player recruited by Coach John Wooden and became a part of four Pac- IO championship teams at UCLA from 1976 to 1979, two under Coach Gene Bartow and two under Coach Gary Cunningham. The Bruins went 102-17 during Hollands' s play ing career and he was honorable mention All-America and second-team Academic All-America as a senior. That year he averaged 17.5 points and 4.8 assists and had a .598 field goal percentage, the best ever by a Bruin guard. He graduated in 1979 from UCLA with a in Sociology. The Lakers drafted Holland in 1979, the 14th playertaken in the first round, and went on to win the 1980 NBA championship. The rookie guard scored eight points in the decisive sixth game at Philadel– phia. He fini shed hi s playing career in 198 1-82 with Washington and Milwaukee. Holland and his wife, Leslie, reside in Carlsbad. They have three children - twins Kri stin and Lisa, fourth -year students at USD, and a son, Kyle.


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, BRAD HOLLAND YEAR-BY-YEAR RECORD School Yr. Recor d San Diego 02-03 18-12 San Diego 01-02 16-13 San Diego 00-01 16-13 San Diego 99-00 20-9 San Diego 98-99 18-9 San Diego 97-98 14-14 San Diego 96-97 17-11 San Diego 95-96 14-14 San Diego 94-95 11-16 CS Fullerton 93-94 8-19 CS Fullerton 92-93 15-12 USD Record 9 Yrs. 144-111 Career Mark 11 Yrs. 167-142 Two-Time WCC Coach ofthe Year 1999-2000 & 1998-1999

Brad starred for the UCLA Bru– ins between 1976-79, with those teams ac– cumul ating a four-year record of 102-17 and winning four straight Pac-IO titles. As a senior, Brad was honorable mention AJI– America and 2nd Team Academic All– Amer ica afte r averagi ng 17.5 ppg and shooti ng .598 from the field .

Boise State

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Notre Dame Occidental Oklahoma

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Brigham Young Cal Poly - SLO

CS Dominguez Hills Cal State Fullerton Cal State Long Beach Cal State Northridge

Oklahoma Baptist

Oregon State

Pacific, U. of the


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Pomona Pitzer


Chicago State




Portland State

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Colorado State



Sacramento State Saint Mary's-CA Saint Francis-NY San Diego State




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Eastern Illinois

San Francisco San Jose State


Eastern Washington


Elon College Fresno State

Santa Clara

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Southern Methodist Southern Oregon

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Southern Utah

Holy Names

Southwest Texas State



Ida ho State Iowa State


Texas-El Paso

IUPUI Kansas Lehigh

Troy State UC Irvine


Loyola Marymount


UC Riverside UC San Diego


Miam i-Ohio Monmouth Montana State

UC Santa Barbara

Brad was drafted by the Los An– geles Lakers in 1979, the 14th player taken in the first round, and went on to win the 1980 NBA champ ionship. The rookie guard scored eight poi nts in the decisive sixth game at Phil adelphia. He finished his playing career in 1981-82 with Was h– ington and Mi lwaukee.

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Nevada-Las Vegas

Utah State Washington

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Northern Iowa

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BRIAN FISH Associate Head Coach 2nd year Brian Fish enters his second year on staff where he is coach Brad Holland's top assistant. He begins hi s first season in the capacity ofAssoc iate Head Coach. The 37-year-old Fish came to

USD from Texas Christ ian Uni versity where he was an assistant coach on Billy Tubbs' staff since 1996. At TCU Brian's ch ief responsibil ities were as recru iting coordinator and in over– see ing academ ics for the basketball team. Recogni zed as one of the finest you ng ass is– tant coaches in the co llege ranks, his input in recuiting helped build the TCU program into a national contender for six seasons with the team compili ng an overa ll record of 125-68 and advancing to postseason play three times. Prior to Texas Christian he gained

coac hing experience with stops at Creighton University ( 1994-96), Kansas State ( 1992- 94) and Marshall Un ivers ity (1989-92). A 1989 graduate of Marshall Un ivers ity (B.A. in Sports Management), Fish played two seasons for the Thundering Herd where as team captain he helped the squad to 25 and 26 wins, respectively. Fish began hi s collegiate play at Western Kentucky ( 1984-86) before transferring to Marshall. A native of Seymour, Indi ana, Fish was a first-team a ll-state selection at Seymour High School. Brian and hi s wife, Me lyssa, are the parents of two children - Caryssa and Jordan . STEVE FLINT Steve Flint is entering hi s fourth year as assistant men 's basketball coach at the Un iver– sity of San Diego. He will again work closely with the Toreros big men, as well as play a leadi ng ro le in the team's recru iting and scouting efforts. He played a major role in Jason Keep's develop– 4th year

ment and success the past two years at USD. The 42-year-old Flint came to USD from Valparaiso University where he was an assis– tant coach for five stra ight seasons. At Valparaiso, Flint was the primary coac h for post players and was instrumental in VU's last six championship seasons in the Mid-Con– tinent Conference and five straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Involved with the Crusaders' recruiting, Flint helped assemble the team that became the Cinderella story of the 1999 NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.

Prior to Valparaiso, Fli nt ga ined extensive experience as a coach and player. He served as the genera l manager of th e Columbus (Ohio) Basketball Club from Febru– ary -August, 1995. While in Co lumbus, Flint was a lso the co-d irector of the Krider Basketball Camp and the Adidas Summer Shootout. A native ofHayfork, Cal ifornia in the northern part of th e state, Fli nt was head coac h of basketba ll and footba ll at Hayfork HS from 199 1-93. A 1984 draft choice of th e Portland Trailblaze rs, Fli nt played for Jerry Tarkanian at UNLV from 1980-82 before earn ing a degree in Politi– cal Science from UC San Diego in 1984.


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4th year

Sam Scholl enters his fourth season on the Torero men's basketball coaching staff as an assistant, and his third as a full-time assistant to head coach Brad Holland. Scholl was the team's student assistant three years ago. Schol l, along with top assistant Brian

Fish, will work closely with the Torero guards. He also has the responsibility for film ex– change; he is the team's academic coordina– tor for the players; and together with the rest of the staff, Sam works with scouting, recruit– ing and the other day-to-day operations of the program. Scholl , the Toreros' lone senior on the

team' s 20-9 squad from 1999-2000, played guard for San Diego for two straight seasons. Prior to USD he played two seasons at Tacoma Community Co ll ege in Tacoma, Wash– ington. From Gig Harbor, Washington , Sam completed his undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of San Diego in 200 I. During the summers he oversees and runs the USO Boys Basketball Camps and this coming summer will be assisted by Nick Earnest. This past August Sam and his wife Heather were married. They reside in Del Mar, California. NICK EARNEST

1st year Head Team Manager

Nick Earnest begins his first season on the USO Toreros coaching staff as the Head Team Manager. He'll assist head coach Brad Holland and the rest of the staff with the daily operations of the basketball program, and oversee the student managers. Earnest will also assist Sam Scholl with all of the boys summer camp programs. Prior to USO Nick was at the University of Wyoming (2002-03) in the pos ition of Ad– ministrative Assistant Basketball Coach for the Cowboys program . He he lped prepare and organize home visit booklets and itineraries for the official campus visits; he created a recruiting database with information on over 1,000 prospective student-athletes; he developed scout tapes for more than 15 games ; and he composed and distributed letters to prospective student-athletes.

Before his one year at Wyoming Nick earned additional experience with stops at Stephen F. Austin (2001-02) as the administrative assistant for the men's basketball program, and at Texas Christian University (1999-2001) where he was Head Manager. He was also a basketball teacher and coach at various U.S. campuses for youth basketball camps between 1998-1999. During his time at Stephen F. Austin he was an instructor for the university where he taught basketball , tennis, softball, jogging and weight training courses. He also substituted for numerous other kinesiology courses at the university. He earned his B.S. degree from Texas Christian in Health and Human Services in May, 200 I where his major was Sports and Recreational Leadership. He went on to earn his Master of Science degree in May, 2003 from Wyoming where hi s major was Kinesiology and Health.


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Sitting 1-r:

Avi Fogel, Brad Lechtenberg, Head Team Manager Nick Earnest, Asst. Coach Steve Flint, Head Coach Brad Holland, Asst. Coach Brian Fish, Asst. Coach Sam Scholl, Brett Melton, Ross DeRogatis. Travis Smith, Mike McGrain, Floyd North, Abdou Sane, Nick Lewis, Andrew Zahn, Brandon Gay, Brice Vo unang, Corey S eise,; Michael Hubbard. 2003-2004 UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO MEN'S BASKETBALL ROSTER Standing l-r:


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WT 192 200 200 185 220 190 250 175 2 12 170 215 255 235 220


Brett Melton Abdou Sane Travis Smith

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Campaign, IL/U. of Illinois Dakar, Senegal/Erie CC





3 4 5


San C lemente, CA/Santa Margarita Catholic HS

Brad Lechtenberg

Walnut Creek, CA/Grossmont JC

Brandon Gay



Missouri City, TX/Seward County CC (KS)


Michael Hubbard Brice Vounang Ross DeRogati s Mike McGrain Corey Belser Andrew Zahn Nick Lewis Floyd North , 111 Av i Foge l



Los Ange les, CA/Bellflower HS




Dschang, Cameroon/Eastern Oklahoma St. JC

14 #


Mansfield, TX/Oklahoma State

20 23 32

Portland, OR/Jesuit HS

San Diego, CA/Torrey Pines HS


Tacoma, WA/Bethel HS Hermosa Beach , CA/Biola

33 #




6-1 0


Paradise Valley, AZ/Brophy College Prep

44 #



San Diego, CA/Oregon State

Head Coach:

Brad Holland ( I0th Year) Brian Fish (2nd Year)

Associate Head Coach:


Steve Flint (4th Year) , Sam Scho ll (4thYear)

Head Team Manager:

N ick Earnest ( 1st Year)

* Denotes players that sat out the 2002-2003 season ; # Denotes players that will sit out 2003-2004 year.


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6-2 Senior Guard

Walnut Creek, CA

NOTEWORTHY: One ofjust two seniors (with Abou Sane) ... will compete for playing time at the shooting guard slot, but could see action at the point as well ... last year gave USD a big boost with his three-point shooting ab ility. 2002-2003 AT USD: Sharp-shooter played some key minutes for Toreros last season ... he scored 14 points and 13 points in back-to-back road losses at Nevada (Dec. 28, 2002) and Southern Methodist (Jan. 2, 2003) ... he made four three-pointers in the first half at

Pepperdine (Jan. 18, 2003) in helping the Toreros earn a key 88-73 West Coast Conference road win .. . he then poured in 3-of-6 treys at home against San Francisco (Jan. 25 , 2003) a week later in helping the Toreros to a 74-69 victory ... he tallied five games where he made at least 3 three-pointers ... he played a personal-best 27 minutes twice against Nevada and Pepperdine.

2001-2002 AT USO: Sat out the 2001-02 season after transferring from Grossmont Junior Col lege.

JUNIOR COLLEGE: Three seasons ago earned Ist Team All-Pa– cific Coast honors with team going 18-13 ... he led the Pacific Coast Conference in three-point percentage, three-pointers made and free throw percentage. HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Northgate High in Bay Area ... did not play during his senior season .. . junior year averaged 19 points per game and earned Ist Team All-Bay Valley Athletic League hon– ors with team going 23 -8 ... also lettered in volleyball, cross country and tennis ... Student Body President senior year in high school. PERSONAL: Born on May 6, 1981 in Provo, Utah ... chose USD for its basketball program and location ... also recruited by Portland State, Northern Arizona and Montana .. . History major; Communica– tions minor.

BRAD LECHTENBERG CAREER STATISTICS -- 2002-2003 TOTAL 3PT YEAR G-GS MIN FG-FGA PCT FG-FGA PCT FT-FTA PCT A PF STL TO BLK PTS AVG REB-AVG 02-03 20-0 8.2 27-74 .365 24-61 .393 3-5 .600 8 17 3 13 1 81 4.1 8-0.4


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ABDOU SANE 6-9 Senior Forward-Center


Dakar, Senegal

NOTEWORTHY: Thi s past season was just his thi rd year of pl ay ing organi zed basket– ball ... thi s season he will compete fo r pl ay ing time at both fo rward and center.

2002-2003 AT USO: Appeared in 16 games last season ... played a season hi gh 17 minutes at Gonzaga Uni versity (Jan. 30, 2003) and responded w ith a season-best 4 po ints and 3 rebounds ... he totaled a personal-best 5 rebounds in the team' s 78-77 win at Port- land (Feb. I, 2003) ... he scored

in eight contests last season fo r the Toreros and ta llied 3 or more rebounds in fo ur games ... he tota led 2 blocked shots twice (at LMU; at Sa in t Mary's) . COLLEGE: Pl ayed hi s first two yea rs of organi zed basketball at Erie Community Co ll ege in Buffa lo, New York ... during hi s second year (200 1-02) he averaged 7.4 po in ts per game and 8.0 rebounds per game whil e lead ing the conference in blocked shots (4 .0 bpg) ... he converted 55. 7% (73 -for-1 3 1) of hi s overall shots from the fi eld ... duri ng hi s freshman year (2000-0 I) he averaged 11 .0 points, 8.0 re– bounds and 4 .0 blocked shots ... at the Juni or Co ll ege Nati onal Tour– nament he averaged I0. 0 ppg and 11 .0 rpg ... ea rned Most Improved Playe r award from the Western New York Athletic Confe rence.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Delafosse Hi gh Schoo l in Senega l but di d not play organi zed bas ketball.

PERSONAL: Born on April I, 1978 in Dakar, Senega l ... chose USO fo r qua lity basketball program ... also recruited by N iagara, Bu ffa lo, Tennessee-Mart in, and a few others .. . speaks fo ur languages fluentl y ... Business major.





YEAR 02-03


16-0 7.1

8-22 .364

0-2 .000



0 23


12 8

18 1.1

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6-7 Junior Forward

Tacoma, WA

NOTEWORTHY: Enters third year with Toreros... earned Best Defensive Player award last year, as we ll as Recruiting Award (given by coach ing staff) ... last season was usuall y assigned opponent's top scorer ... in WCC Tourney title game held WCC Player of the Year Blake Stepp to IO po ints ... started last 24 games of season with team go ing 15-9 ... named to Mid-Major All– Defensive Team (co ll ege 2002-2003 AT USO: Averaged 25.2 minutes a game whi le earning 24 starts and playi ng in all 30 games ... averaged 4.1 ppg and 4.5 rpg (3rd on team) .. . at Southern Methodist totaled a double– double with 12 points and 13 rebounds; also had 5 ass ists and 3 steals in the game ... totaled 8

points and 8 rebounds in road win at Portland ... scored 9 points in home wi n over Portland, making all 3 shots from floor, including a trey.

2001-2002 AT USO: Freshman year played in 27 games and earned one start at Saint Mary's College where he pl ayed a season-best 19 minutes ... scored in double digits once netting 11 points in home victory over Portland ... against the Pilots made 3-of-5 shots from the fie ld ( 1-3 in treys) and 4-of- 7 free throws ... scored 8 points against the Un iversity of Wash ington, and 7 points at home against Santa Clara .. . also grabbed a personal-best 7 boards at Portland, and tallied 2 steals in three contests (UC San Diego, Boise State, at Saint Mary's) ... against Santa Clara at home made 3-of-4 shots from the fie ld, finish ing with 7 points and 4 rebounds in 16 minutes of acti on . HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Bethel Hi gh School where he lettered in both basketball and footba ll , and was team captain in both sports .. . as a senior averaged 19.4 points per game and 9.0 rebounds with team going 22- 7 ... converted 75% of hi s free throw attempts and 40% from three-point range .. . team advanced to 4A state tou rnament and fini shed wi th a No. 8 state ranking ... named Tacoma News Tribune Al l-Area Player of the Year ... First Team All -State and District ... South Puget Sound League Most Valu– ab le Player ... a McDonald's All-American candidate and a High School Wendy's Heisman candi date, he was se lected to participate in three all-star games - he played against current teammate Mike McGrain in the Oregon– Wash ington All -Star game ( 19 points) ... summer after seni or year pl ayed with George Karl's Friends of Hoop .. . as a junior he averaged 13 points and 6 rebounds per game as team fini shed 23 -6 ( Ist in league; 2nd in District and State) ... played receiver and safety in football, earning First Team All– League honors ... team pl aced 2nd in State Playoffs senior year. PERSONAL: Born on November 22, 1982 in Nuremberg, Germany ... chose USO for strong academics, location and weather, and basketball pro– gram ... also recruited by Oregon, Oregon State and Rutgers ... parents are Aaron and Charlotte Belser of Spanaway, Washington ... brother Chris is a wide receiver at University of Idaho ... Urban Studies maj or; Commun ica– tions minor.

COREYBELSER CAREER STATISTICS -- 2001-2003 TOTAL 3PT YEAR G-GS MIN FG-FGA PCT FG-FGA PCT FT-FTA PCT A PF STL TO BLK PTS AVG REB-AVG 01-02 27-1 215 15-53 .283 .3-17 .176 16-28 .571 9 43 11 12 7 49 1.8 52-1 .9 02-03 30-24 757 39-96 .406 8-29 .276 37-59 .627 56 82 29 39 19 123 4.1 135-4.5 TOT 57-25 17.1 54-149 .362 11-46 .239 53-87 .609 65 125 40 51 26 172 3.0 187-3.3


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6-3 Junior Guard Portland, OR NOTEWORTHY: Last season was the first guard in off the bench ... excel lent floor leader at point guard position .. . played just 4 minutes through first five WCC contests, then started at Portland and played 31 minutes in leading Toreros to a key 78-77 road win with 6 points and 5 assists .. . played 27 minutes in NCAA Tournament game against Stanford with 5 points and 6 rebounds. 2002-2003 AT USO: Averaged 16.8 minutes a game playing in 27 games ... worked his way into team's 8-man rotation ... averaged 2.0 points per game and 2.8 assists ... scored

7 points in back-to-back games against BYU and UC San Diego .. . totaled 5 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds in home win over UC Riv– erside ... dished out 8 assists in home win over Portland . 2001-2002 AT USO: Team's starting point guard the first 21 games before going down with a foot injury ... returned to play 4 minutes against USF in WCC Tourney opener, but did not play in semifinal contest ... averaged 4.2 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game and 2.9 assists per game ... reached double digits once in the scoring col– umn finishing with 11 points against Southern Oregon (made 3-of-3 three-pointers, and 2-of-4 free throws) ... also tallied personal-bests of 8 rebounds (vs. Troy State) and 7 assists (vs. Santa Clara at home) ... in road win at Cal State Northridge, scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds; he also made 5-of-6 from the charity stripe ... although he struggled from the free throw line the first half of the season, over the fina l six games he appeared in he converted 15-of-21 (.714). HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Jesuit HS in Portland, Oregon where he lettered in both basketball and football ... senior year helped team to 22-4 mark and final ranking of7th in state ... averaged 12.0 ppg, l 0 assists and 6 rpg while earning 1st Team All-Metro and 2nd Team All -State honors ... junior year averaged 15 ppg, 8 assists and 6 re– bounds with team finishing 25-3 overall and 3rd in the state playoffs ... selected 1st Team All-Metro, 3rd Team All-State ... sophomore campaign averaged 6 points per game and 9 assists per game with team going 26-2 overall and winning the state championship ... also had successful footba ll prep career ... a 3-year letterman, Mike was selected l st Team All -Metro and Ist Team All-State as a quarterback. PERSONAL: Born on June 18, 1982 in Fairfax , Virginia ... chose the University of San Diego for strong academics and basketball pro– gram ... also recruited by Illinois, Utah, Oregon State and Nevada ... was offered footba ll scholarships from Texas and Washington ... par– ents are Robert and Miche le McGrain of Portland, Oregon ... History major.

MIKE McGRAIN CAREER STATISTICS -- 2001-2003 YEAR 01-02 02-03 TOT G-GS MIN 22-21 512 27-02 453 49-23 19.7 TOTAL 3PT FG-FGA PCT FG-FGA PCT FT-FTA PCT A PF STL TO BLK 27-69 .391 6-1 8 .333 33-62 .532 63 45 20 54 1 93 4.2 13-42 .310 3-12 .250 25-37 .676 75 44 19 43 1 54 2.0 40-111 .360 9-30 .300 58-99 .586 138 89 39 97 2 147 3.0


73-3.3 49-1.8 122-2.5


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NICK LEWIS 6-10 Sophomore F-C


Paradise Valley, AZ

NOTEWORTHY: Selected team's Most Improved Player ... one of the top freshmen in the West Coast Conference last season ... named to the AII-WCC Tournament Team ... scored 14 points in WCC title victory over Gonzaga ... scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds against Stanford in NCAA first round tournament game.

2002-2003 AT USD: First forward/center off the bench ... was rangy player with so lid inside moves and three-point range ... averaged 8.6 points per game and 3. 7 rebounds per game ... scored in double figures in IO games with a season-best 19 points vs. Cal State Northridge ... r=====~=====~=~=====:i

tossed in 18 points in road win at Portland ... totaled IO points and 4 rebounds in w in at UCLA ... missed four straight games with knee sprain then returned to sco re 8 points at San Diego State. 2001-2002 AT USD: Appeared in three games last season before sitting out the year with a hip injury ... played 8 minutes in win over UC San Diego finis hing with 4 points and 2 assists ... a lso saw action against BYU and Washington . HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Brophy College Preparatory ... senior year averaged 20 points per game, IO rebounds and 3 blocked shots as team finished 21 -7 and were state runner-up ... Ist Team A ll-State, First Team A ll- Desert Valley Region and named All -Tourney at McClintock Tournament ... junior campaign he averaged 19 points per game, 6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots with team go ing 20-8 and reaching the state quarterfinals ... sophomore season he averaged 6 points and 2 rebounds as team finished 22-6 overal l and reached the quarterfinals of the state championships ... also played for the Phoe– nix Catholic "Pump and Run" club team where he averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots .. . as a member of the high school volleyball team he earned First Team All-State honors and helped lead his club to the State Championship . PERSONAL: Born on April 20, 1983 in Portland, Oregon ... chose USO for its great location, and an opportunity to continue his educa– tion and basketball career ... also recruited by Gonzaga, Rutgers , Utah, Arizona State, Richmond and Santa Clara ... parents are John and Melodie Lewis of Paradise Va ll ey, Ari zona ... his dad , John , played baseball at the University of Nevada, Reno ... International Business maJor.



G-GS MIN 3-0 13 26-3 485 29-3 17.2

YEAR 01-02 02-03 TOT




TO BLK 0 2

PTS AVG REB-AVG 5 1.7 2-0.7 224 8.6 96-3.7 229 7.9 98-3.4

A 2


.200 .455 .448


.000 .304 .288


.750 .738 .738


0 8 8

81-178 82-183

17-56 17-59

45-61 48-65

15 17

60 61

59 21 59 23


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6-3 Sophomore Guard

San Clemente, CA

NOTEWORTHY: Will compete for playing time at the point guard position ... last season as a freshman started the first 7 games at point guard with the Toreros w inning three of those games ... he played a major role in the team' s 86-8 1 overtime upset of the then No. 14-ranked UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on November 26, 2002 - in that huge upset Trav is played a season-best 32 minutes and ran the offense while di shing out 4 assists and committing just 2 turnovers.

2002-2003 AT USO: Played in 22 games w ith 8 sta rts ... season-best IO points in team's 84-64 road win at UC Riverside (Nov. 30, 2002) making 2-of-6 three pointers and dishing out 4 assists ... personal– best 8 ass ists in 74-69 home win over San Francisco (Jan. 25, 2003) ... played a season-best 32 minutes in 86-81 overtime wi n ove r No. 14 UCLA .. . had one start in WCC play on Jan. 11th at home aga inst Santa C lara and responded with 8 points, making 3-of-5 shots from the fi e ld including 2-of-3 treys ... he converted 5-of-6 free throws in 14 minutes in road loss at Gonzaga. HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School where in his seni or year (200 1-02) he averaged 14 ppg, 7 rpg and 7 ass ists with team go ing 24-5 ... named All-Tournament Big Time (adidas) .. . jun ior year (2000-0 I) averaged 11 ppg, 6 rpg and 5 assists with team going 23-4 ... named Most Valuab le Player at Cal Poly SLO Tournament ... sophomore year team went 23-4. PERSONAL: Born on August 29, 1983 in Huntington Beach, CA ... chose USO fo r basketball program, academi cs and location ... a lso recruited by LMU, Portland State, UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine .. . played for Southern Ca li fo rni a A ll- Stars club team ... Business maj or; Leade rship minor.

TRAVIS SMITH CAREER STATISTICS -- 2002-2003 TOTAL 3PT YEAR G-GS MIN FG-FGA PCT FG-FGA PCT FT-FTA PCT A PF STL TO BLK PTS AVG REB-AVG 02-03 22-8 13.5 14-45 .311 5-23 .217 7-15 .467 35 35 4 27 1 40 1.8 19-0.9

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6-5 Junior Guard

Champaign, IL

USD: Sat out th is past season after transferring from the University of Illinois . Is pro– jected to start at shooting guard for the Toreros where he wi ll supply the team with out– standing outside shooting abil ity.

COLLEGE: Played two years at the Uni versity of Illinois (2000-02) with the team going a combined 53-17, winning two Big Ten Championships, and reach ing the Elite Eight (2000-01) and Sweet Sixteen (200 1-02) ... during hi s sophomore season (2001-02) with the Fighting Ill ini, Brett appeared in 7 contests, making 4-of-8 three-po inters and 5-of-11 shots from the field ... during his freshman year he saw action in 18 games ... he scored 8 points against Kansas State and scored 7 points in win over Michi gan. HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Mahomet-Seymour where he averaged 18 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3 assists for hi s hi gh school career ... averaged 24 .9 points during his senior year with team going 18-11 ... was a Top- I00 pick by Bob Gibbons ... named Champaign-Urbana News Gazette 1999 and 2000 All-Area Player of the Year ... Ist Team All-State seni or year; 2nd Team All-State junior season ... as a junior set News-Gazette Holiday Tournament record with 112 points in 3 games, making 22 of 35 three pointers ... during his junior campaign he averaged 24 .0 ppg with squad going 22-7 .. . sophomore year averaged 22.0 ppg with team finishing 18-10. PERSONAL: Born on May 15, 1981 in Champaign, Illinois .. . parents are Mike and Cindy Melton of Mahomet, Illinoi s ... chose USO for the opportunity to help program continue to build, and for a great education ... out of high school was recruited by all the Big-] 0 schools, and numerous other top programs in the country ... club team (I ll inois Warriors) won Nike Nat ional Championship ... played on AAU team that consisted of three players that have reached NBA and five other players that reached the major col lege level ... hobbies include playing video games, li stening to music and go lf ... Commu– nications major.

BRETTMELTON CAREER STATISTICS -- 2000-2003 TOTAL 3PT YEAR G-GS MIN FG-FGA PCT FG-FGA PCT FT-FTA PCT A PF STL TO BLK PTS AVG REB-AVG 02-03 DNP 01-02* 7-0 44 5-11 .455 4-8 .500 3-5 .600 2 2 0 1 0 17 2.4 3-0.4 00-01 * 28-0 157 15-59 .254 8-40 .200 5-8 .625 7 13 3 10 1 43 1.5 23-0.8 TOT 35-0 5.7 20-70 .286 12-48 .250 8-13 .61 5 9 15 3 11 1 60 1.7 26-0.7 • denotes University of Illinois statistics


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BRANDON GAY 6-8 Junior Forward


Missouri City, TX

NOTEWORTHY: Named Most Valuable Player in Jayhawk West Conference this past season while playing at Seward County Community College in Kansas.

JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played this past season at Seward County Community College where he was MVP of Jayhawk Conference, Ist Team All-Conference and All-Region VI ... played in 31 games (25-6) where he averaged 14.9 ppg and 8.4 rpg while shooting 49.4% from the field ( l 59x322), 35.9% from three-point (28x78) and 83.5% from the charity stripe ( l l 6x 139) ... added 34 blocks and 24 steals.

COLLEGE: Started career at Southern Mississippi where he redshirted his freshman

year (2000-0 I), then played half of the season in 2001 -02 before deciding to transfer out.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Stafford HS in Houston where he played four years of varsity ... senior year averaged 21.0 ppg and 13.0 rpg while shooting 51 % from field and 87% from free throw line, and team (26-6) winning District ... earned the following honors after senior year - team MVP, District MVP, 1st Team All-District, Ist Team All-Region, and 1st Team All – State honors .. . junior year averaged 16.0 ppg and I 0.0 rpg. PERSONAL: Born on August 8, 1982 in Houston, Texas ... parents are Donald and Beverly Gay of Houston, TX ... his father, Donald, played basketball at Sam Houston State University .. . chose USO for basketball program on the rise , campus and quality education .. . was also recruited by Oklahoma State, Houston and Kansas State .. hobbies include playing video games, relaxing and working out ... Sociology major.

#12 Dschang, Cameroon


NOTEWORTHY: Expected to add inside presence at power forward and center ... strong post-up player ... plays well with back to the basket.

JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played two seasons at Eastern Oklahoma State Junior College (Wilburton, OK) ... th is past season he earned All-Bi-State Conference and All-National Junior College Athletic Association Region 2 honors ... averaged 18.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg while shooting 63% from the field and 68% from the free throw line ... team went 25-7 and were Region 11 runner-up ... freshman year averaged 12.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg .

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Lycee of Dschang in Dschang, Cameroon ... played three years of high school basketball where he was the MVP of the conference ... senior year averaged 25.0 ppg and 12.0 rpg .

PERSONAL: Born on December 3, 1982 ... chose USD for basketball program, coaching staff, and beautiful city and weather ... also recruited by Arkansas State, So. Mississippi , Mississippi State ... Business Administration major.

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