Put 'em on the board: Letter of Intents

The early signing period is here and runs through November 18th. On the first day Cal State Fullerton basketball coach Bob Burton announced the signing of three players. TitanCentral.com readers will recognize two of the names but the other marks the sixth early signing commitment received by the Titans.

Brian Marks, a 6-8, 270 lb. center out of Palo Verde high school in Las Vegas, NV has signed a Letter of Intent to attend Cal State Fullerton on a basketball scholarship.

"Brian is a big, strong kid who can run the floor extremely well and has very good hands," said Titan head coach Bob Burton. "He has a tremendous upside and we are really happy to have him in our program."

According to Burton, Marks fell under the radar because he played football and he didn't play in a lot of the high profile basketball events. "This is the first year he is going to concentrate exclusively on basketball," said Burton, "We feel like we got a real good player and a real good person."

Marks has not yet taken the SAT but is on track to graduate.

Two other players also made it official today. 6-10 forward/center Manuel Montano (Palomar College) and 6-9 forward Chris Minardo (Citrus College).

"Chris Minardo is another kid with tremendous upside," says coach Burton. "I was high on him from day one and he will have three years with the program. He is a very skilled big man, extremely athletic and just needs to add some strength and bulk."

Burton has similar thoughts on Montano. "He also needs to get stronger but he is one heck of a shot blocker, plus he can shoot it. Another big kid who runs the floor well and is very athletic. All of these kids are great kids and will fit in well, which was real important to us."

NCAA rules state coaches can not comment on players who have not signed LOIs so there is no official word on other possible recruits.

Scout.com, however, has previously announced three other players who have committed to Cal State Fullerton: 6-8 center Gary Nunez from Ventura College and Westchester high school teammates Jerard Moret, a 6-4 wing player, and 6-7 forward Jarrel Lake.

The signing of six players during the early period is unprecedented in the history of Cal State Fullerton basketball.


In other news, Llyod Walls has suffered a concussion, his second such event in the past six months and he will be out indefinitely. Walls suffered the concussion during practice on Tuesday. This is particularly bad news as Burton said Walls was just starting to play well. He was basically the difference in winning the scrimmage this past Saturday versus Loyola Marymount with his stellar defense against the Lions.

His status for the remainder of the year is unknown at this point until he undergoes a full examination.