Sunday, June 9, 2013

Portland State Signs Four Players

Last week, Portland State picked up four commitments for their recruiting class this year. Here is a quick rundown for the four, none of which will be freshmen:

- G DeShaun Wiggins - He is a 6'2'' guard who will be a junior, and PSU going the JUCO route is not something anyone should be surprised by. He originally committed to Seton Hall out of high school, but instead spent one year at the College of Eastern Utah (where he averaged 17.8 points) and one year at Howard Junior College (he averaged 8.2 PPG, but for a very good team). "DeShaun is an athletic wing and scorer who really has a knack for putting the ball in the basket," said Geving. "He fits our up-tempo style with the way he gets up and down the court. He is a guy that knows how to score and we need that."

- G Sebastian Suarez - He played the last two seasons at Western Nebraska Community College, and has a nice shooting stroke. As a freshman he averaged over 10 PPG, shooting 36% from downtown. His sophomore year, he played just half the season (because he fractured both wrists early in the year), but averaged 11 PPG and shot 32% from the three-point mark. "With the loss of (three-point specialist) Michael Harthun (to graduation), we felt we needed another shooter. Sebastian is a 6-4 kid that can rise up and knock down jump shots," said Geving. "We thought that was a missing piece that we needed as we move forward. The other thing we like about Sebastian is his athleticism. He can get above the rim and should flourish in our up-tempo style."

- F Tiegbe Bamba - Bamba is originally from France, and he will be a junior as well. He is 6'6'', and will be recovering from a torn Achilles that he suffered last year. Before the injury, he averaged 11.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per gamef or Midland College, after averaging 11.5 and 7.1 his freshman year at Snow College in Utah. He is a small power forward with excellent rebounding skills, and that type of players tends to do very well in the Big Sky. "Tiegbe is athletic and really plays above the rim. He is big-time rebounder who is a high-energy, high-motor guy. He can guard a lot of different positions and is a pure athlete. He has length at 6-6, and finding a guy like that at our level, he can be pretty special."

- F Kyle Richardson - Richardson is a transfer from Long Beach State, and he will have one year of eligibility remaining. Last year, he playing in 31 games, starting five, and he averaged 2.2 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. He shot 41% from the field, and had poor rebounding numbers, though he did some some potential as an offensive rebounder in his sophomore year. He is 6'7'', and was high school teammates with Tim Douglas, who plays for the Vikings.

These four are added to recruits Kyle Benton and Zach Gengler.

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