LCSC men's basketball team announces recruiting class
Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball coach Brandon Rinta has announced the signing of seven players. The new recruits include one area high school standout and six junior college transfers.
“We are really excited about the players we have added for next season,” said Rinta who is now in his second year with the program. “These guys have all worked extremely hard to get where they are and I know they are excited to be a part of the program here at LC State. Just about all of these guys coming in have the ability to shoot the basketball at a high percentage, which was a priority for us. We know we need to become a more consistent shooting team and these guys will enable us to do that without compromising how good we want to be on the defensive end of the floor.”
Forrest Baker, a 6-foot-6 forward, comes to the Warriors after earning first-team all-Greater Spokane League honors at Mead High School last season. He averaged 15.5 points and six rebounds per game.
“Forrest is a very skilled forward who can post up inside and step out and play on the perimeter,” said Rinta. “We look forward to him being able to stretch defenses out with his ability to step outside and shoot the three.”
Alongside Baker, the recruiting class includes juniors Jon Humphrie of Seattle, Derrick Wofford of Stockton, Calif., Petar Joksimovic of Couer d’Alene, Idaho, Jacob Champoux of Seattle, Joseph Moquino of Albuquerque, N.M., and Travis Van Diest of Boise, Idaho.
Humphrie, a 6-foot-2 guard, was named MVP of the North Region of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges at Bellevue CC last season as a sophomore. He averaged 18 points and five rebounds a game and was also named to the NWAACC all-defensive team. He spent his freshman year at Washington State University.
“Jon is a physical guard that has the ability to impact the game on both ends of the court. He is a high level defender and has proven himself as a great scorer. He played a big role in helping BCC go 23-7 this past season. He has been a two sport athlete as a pitcher in baseball his whole life so we are excited to see him continue to improve as he focuses in on basketball for his last two years of college.”
Wofford is a 6-foot-2 guard from San Joaquin Delta College where he earned honorable mention all-league honors in the Big 8 Conference. He averaged 16 points and seven rebounds per game.
“Derrick is an extremely athletic guard that will help us continue to play an up-tempo style,” Rinta said. “He is a very good on-ball defender and was very efficient in scoring the basketball this past season at 56 percent from the floor and 42 percent from the 3-point line.”
A 6-foot-5 wing, Joksimovic played two seasons at North Idaho College. He averaged 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game to help the team finish at 24-8 last year.
“Petar is a very tough and competitive wing who has a great feel for the game of basketball. He is a complete player that has played a big role in helping NIC go 46-17 over the past two years.”
Champoux is a 5-10 guard out of North Seattle College where he averaged 18 points, seven rebounds, and three assists per game last season. His efforts earned him first-team North Region NWAACC honors.
“Jacob is a very heady point guard who has the quickness to get into the lane and score for himself or create for others. He is one of those point guards that has the ability to control the game and make his teammates better.”
Also a 5-10 guard, Moquino comes the Warriors from Southwest Oregon College. Last year he averaged 20 points, four rebounds, and three assists a game and earned first-team Southern Region NWAACC honors. He also was named to the league’s all-defensive team.
“Joseph is a quick combo guard that is able to score the basketball in bunches. He can shoot the ball from deep and has the ability to attack the basket and create scoring opportunities.”
The seventh newly added recruit is Van Diest, a 6-foot-7 center from Wenatchee Valley College where he averaged 17 points and nine rebounds per game.
“Travis took huge strides this past season at WVCC and we look for him to continue that here at LC. He is a really aggressive rebounder and is great at getting position around the basket to create easy shots.”
The 2012-13 recruiting class joins a Warrior program that returns nine players after finishing 16-13 last season.