LCSC men's basketball team adds three recruits
Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball coach Tim Walker recently announced the signing of three players from the Pacific Northwest for the 2010-11 season.
The three are Shane Miller, a 6-4 guard/wing from Moscow, Jeray Key, a 6-1 guard from Longview, Wash., and Spencer Drury, a 6-foot point guard from Spokane.
Miller was a standout for Moscow High in basketball, where he earned two letters, and football, where he was a safety and wide receiver. He was the North Idaho Player of the Year and a first-team All-State selection in basketball in 2007 as well as the Inland Empire’s Player of the year. He averaged 20 points per game his senior year and helped the Bears finish third at State for the second straight season.
He played his freshman year at Treasure Valley Community College where he averaged 22 points per game and had a season-high 39 points in a game. He earned first-team Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges All-Region honors.
Miller then transferred to Central Washington the following year but was forced to redshirt because of transfer rules. He played in 20 games last season, averaging 10.4 minutes per outing. He finished the season averaging 6.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. He shot 48.3 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from the 3-point line.
“We are happy to add Shane to our program,” Walker said. “He’s a local guy that is really happy to be back close to home. Shane has the ability to score in bunches and can really get it going. It will be fun to watch him develop even more this year.”
Key played two seasons at Lower Columbia Community College and will be a junior this season for the Warriors. He earned first-team all-NWAACC during his sophomore year and also made the all-NWAACC Tournament Team. He scored 21 points in the first half of a game against Walla Walla Community College and finished with 25 points.
During his freshman season, Key was named Most Inspirational at the NWAACC Tournament and scored 24 points in the championship game, which Lower Columbia lost by two points in overtime.
Key earned three letters in basketball at Mark Morris High and was captain of the team his senior year in 2008. He also played on the football and baseball teams and also was a team captain in both sports his senior year. He earned league MVP and Best Defensive Player honors his senior year as well as first-team All-Area and All-State honors. Led team to 24-5 mark after a 26-1 record his junior year when the team’s only loss came in the state championship game. He also earned All-Area and team MVP honors in baseball, and led his football team in interceptions.
“We needed to add a tough, strong point guard, and we think we found that in Jeray,” Walker said. “He really guards well, can push the ball, and score when he gets in the paint. Jeray is a great competitor that likes to win. We should get great leadership from Jeray.”
Drury, a freshman, comes to LCSC from University High School where he played point guard and served as the team captain this past season. Drury averaged nearly 12 points a game and helped the squad qualify for the Washington state 4A Eastern Regional tournament. He wound up earning honorable mention all-Greater Spokane League honors.
“We are excited that Spencer has become a Warrior!” Walker said. “He has a tremendous upside because of his strength and athleticism. Spencer can shoot the ball and get to the paint as well. We think he is ready to play defense at the college level also.”
The Warriors play exhibition games at the University of Montana, Washington State, and the University of Idaho on consecutive days Nov. 4-6 this season and then play their season opener on Nov. 9 at Portland Bible College. LCSC, which has only six non-Frontier Conference home games this season, will play its home opener on Nov. 12 against Southern Oregon University at 7:30 p.m.