The Salt Lake Community College basketball coaches might have to pick up second jobs just to pay for their cell-phone bills.
With 10 departing sophomores being courted by colleges around the country and that many open spots to fill for next year's roster, SLCC assistant coach Russell Beck said the staff's phones have been "blowing up" lately.
Almost all of SLCC's sophs, who helped the 32-4 Bruins take second in the NJCAA tournament in March, have signed national letters of intent with four-year programs. Sophomore guard Brian Green, who pledged to play for Utah State beginning in 2010-11, is among the five who landed Div. I scholarships. The sharpshooter from Davis High will go on an LDS mission first and return with two years of eligibility and a redshirt year.
Swingman Vassy Banny (Ivory Coast) is headed to Montana, big man Papa Samba Guisse (Senegal) signed with Cal State Fullerton, backup point guard Yahosh Bonner will head to Northern Colorado and reserve forward Aaron Smith is off to Stephen F. Austin State University. Center Marc Van Burck is leaning toward Denver, Portland State and Binghamton University.
Academics will likely keep DaVell Jackson, the SWAC player of the year and an NJCAA All-American, from a Div. I school. The flashy point guard is currently being courted by Div. II schools such as Tarlton State in Texas and Virginia Union, the former school of Ben Wallace and Charles Oakley.
Andy Palmer (Dixie State), Chris Medina (Carroll College) and Dan Stafford (Eastern Oregon) will also continue their college careers.
"It's really a great reflection on their character individually," Beck said. "Collectively, they really showed toughness and camaraderie. It's nice to see their investments in the team pay off for them in the future."
Two more players guard Rick Shoff and power forward Demetrius Crowell have signed to play for SLCC next season.
Shoff is the younger brother of former BYU player Jake Shoff. The American Fork product played at Dixie State before an LDS mission. SLCC coaches especially like his toughness.
Crowell could turn out to be a major pick-up for the Bruins. A 6-7, 240-pounder, Crowell was first-team all-state in Mesa, Ariz., his senior year. He signed at Idaho but then decommitted after suffering a knee injury. He has good range and can shoot with his back to the basket.
"We expect him to come in and be a force," Beck said.SLCC also recently added Viewmont's Davis Emery and Davis' Connor Van Brocklin to its roster.
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