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TMC adds four recruits

Men’s basketball team welcomes three freshman, one college transfer

Posted: July 17, 2009 9:50 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
When The Master’s College men’s basketball team loses players such as Ryan Zamroz, Jeremy Haggerty and Matt Sowa, people take notice.

After all, 40.8 combined points per game is not easy to replace.

Yet, head coach Chuck Martin sees aspects of his team being the “best ever.”

“We will have balance that we haven’t had before,” Martin said.

A big reason for that are the Mustangs’ four incoming recruits, which include three players fresh out of high school and one junior college transfer.

Six-foot, one-inch shooting guard Devin Dyer brings his 22.6 points per game from Temecula Valley High to Bross Gym, and he is expected to make a splash from the get-go.

“We think he has a great chance to come in and start at the two-guard spot,” Martin said of the incoming freshman. “Losing Zamroz, you lose 18 points per game, which, 18 is quite a bit to lose in (the Golden State Athletic Conference). Devin is capable and not a lot of freshman are able to come in and make an impact in our league. He’s a strong kid, mature kid.”

Fellow newcomer and shooting guard Leif Karlberg joins TMC’s ranks out of Grace Christian High of Anchorage, Alaska, where he won state 3A Player of the Year honors.

“We are going to find out pretty early if he is physically ready to play,” Martin said. “He adds depth to the team. We feel like he is going to be a really good player in a couple of years.”

The Master’s added another backcourt reinforcement in Brandon Bibbins, who comes to the Santa Clarita Valley from Bishop Montgomery High of Torrence.

Projected to back up incumbent point guard Joey Fuca, the 5-foot-9-inch guard will alleviate the returning starter’s 29.3 minutes per game.

That has Martin excited.

“For the first time since I’ve been here, we feel like we won’t only be good at the point, but have good depth at the point.” he said.
The three freshmen are joined by lone junior college transfer, Richard LaFleur, a 6-foot-8 forward out of Palomar College in San Marcos.

LaFleur comes off his sophomore season having posted 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Comets.

His addition to the low post will not only ease the transition after losing Sowa, but give the team another much-needed scorer on the low block.

“I think for the first time since I’ve been at The Master’s, what I think you will see is that we can finally throw the ball inside and play inside out,” Martin said.

With the personnel to lock down on defense, and the ability to spread the floor and be effective down low on offense, there is little wonder as to why the Mustangs’ coaching staff has high hopes for the future.

And with three potentially four-year players, Martin gains another advantage — consistency.

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