The Titans' men's basketball lands a slam dunk recruiting class

10/21/2010 12:04

LCC adds recruits from three states

Alan K. Fox -THE TORCH
Issue date: 10/21/10 Section: Sports
Media Credit: Eugene Johnson

Men's basketball will have a lot of new faces on the court this year. Head coach Bruce Chavka has added players from Texas, California and Oregon to this year's squad.

Sophomore transfer Ethan Guiles is a 6'5" inside player from Grayson County Community College in Denison, Texas. He can play either the power forward or center position.

"He is a big strong player who plays with a lot of intensity and works really hard," Chavka said. "I expect big things from him and should grab a lot of rebounds for us. What a great find for us."

The Titans recruited heavily California Bay Area in the offseason.

One of many players highlighting that recruitment effort is 5'9" point guard Matt Juillerat from Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, Calif.

"Matt is a very strong point guard who is very mature," Chavka said. "He is a great leader and we expect a lot from him."

Alfred "Justice" Thomas, from Freemont High School in Oakland, Calif, is a 6'5" player who can play both forward and center for the Titans this year. He also was a First Team OAL All-City team member.

"Justice is a physical force inside and knows how to use his body and is a great rebounder," Chavka said. "I think he has a really bright future."

DeShawn Washington, from Castlemont High School in Oakland, Calif, is a 6'2" guard who will be new to the team, as well.

"DeShawn is a great slasher, who can really jump and is very coachable," Chavka said.

Other California recruits include two more Oakland natives. Darrell Breazell, another Freemont grad and Tyree Newman from Castlemont also join the Titans this year.

Breazell is a 5'7" point guard and Newman is a 6'6" bigman who can play both forward and center.

"Darrell is a quick penetrating point guard and has great ball handling skills. I am really excited for his future," Chavka said. "Newman is a long and athletic player who will block a lot of shots for us."

LCC also added players from throughout Oregon.

Two players from the Eugene area added to the team are Ellis McNulty, from Springfield High School and Nick Lindsay from South Eugene.

McNulty is a 6'3" guy that can play both shooting guard and small forward for the Titans.

"Ellis is very athletic and can get to the rim," Chavka said. "I am really glad his is a Titan."

"Lindsay is a 6'5" forward who is well coached and came from a good program," Chavka said. "He is a slasher who can really shoot the ball.

Brendan Schumacher, from Marshall High School in Portland and Devin Harvey from Westview High in Beaverton also join the Titans. Both players are 6'5" and will add size to the LCC lineup.

Chavka also added two players from Medford.

Josh Pecktol is a 6'2" guard from North Medford High.

"He is a strong player, jumps well and is a great competitor," Chavka said.

Gonzalo Duran from South Medford is a 5'9" guard who will ad depth to the roster.

"He is a great defender and a good leader," Chavka said.

Rounding out the class is three-point shooter Daniel Ketchum, a 6 -oot guard from Sisters High.

Daniel is a strong, athletic, three-point shooter aho can handle the ball, " Chavka said. "I am very happy with the class of guys we brought in this year. We have some local guys and we also reached out and got some guys from other areas."