The Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball team has announced the signing of four players who will suit up for the Warriors in the 2013-14 season.
Three are transfers, and one is an incoming freshman, and their addition brings the total of recruits for LCSC head coach Brandon Rinta to seven.
The new players include Gavin Kauffman of Foster, Ore., Marquez Jackson of Phoenix, Keenan Williams of Olympia, Wash. and E.J. Farris of Newark, Calif.
They join Trea Thomas (East Wenatchee, Wash.), Brady Bagby (Spokane, Wash.) and Ryan Page (Las Vegas, Nev.) in Rinta’s third recruiting class at LCSC.
Kauffman, a 6-foot-4 junior guard, comes to LCSC from Chemeketa Community College in Salem Ore. Kauffman averaged 14 points and five rebounds per game for the Storm in 2012-13, helping them to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges title.
He was an All-Southern Region selection that shot 42 percent from 3-point range.
At Sweet Home (Ore.) High School, Kauffman led the OSAA 4A classification with 24 points per game as a senior and was his conference’s Most Valuable Player as well as an All-State selection.
“Gavin is a very skilled guard that has the size and athleticism to get his shot off quickly,” Rinta said. “He is a proven scorer that has a great feel for the game and was one of the main reasons that Chemeketa was the most successful program in the NWAACC over the past two seasons.”
Jackson is a 6-foot-6 forward that will be a sophomore at LCSC after one season at Phoenix (Ariz.) College. He largely came off the bench for the Bears, but appeared in 29 of the team’s 39 games, making five starts.
He averaged five points, five rebounds and three blocked shots per game for Phoenix, which advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II national tournament.
Prior to his season at Phoenix College, Jackson starred at Fairfax High School, averaging a double-double for the Stampede.
“Marquez is a very long and athletic forward who plays with a lot of energy. He has already proven himself as a rebounder and shot blocker at the college level, but he has a tremendous upside on the offensive end as a scorer,” Rinta said.
Williams, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 15 points and three assists per game at Capital High School in Olympia, Wash. last season.
Williams was a two-time All-Evergreen Conference selection for the Cougars.
“Keenan had a great career at Capital and has the tools to become a very good player at this level,” Rinta said. “He is a versatile guard that can do a little bit of everything. He has a tremendous upside and the work ethic to go along with it.”
Farris will be a senior at LCSC after transferring from Utah State University of the NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference.
Farris did not play for the Aggies last season, but was a part of the team’s 30-win, NCAA Tournament season as a sophomore in 2010-11 and a 21-win campaign as a junior in 2011-12. He averaged a combined three points per game in his two USU seasons.
He came to Utah State from College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif. and was a prep star at Newark Memorial High School, earning conference player of the year honors as a senior.
“E.J. is a very quick and explosive guard that can score the basketball,” Rinta said. “He will fit right in to our up-tempo style of play with his ability to attack and create off the dribble.”
Lewis-Clark State College finished the 2012-13 season with a record of 26-6, and advanced to the NAIA Tournament for the first time in five seasons. The Warriors graduated four seniors from that history-making squad.