Cal State Fullerton basketball head coach Bob Burton has announced the addition of two players who are transferring from four-year universities. Scott Cutley, a 6-6, 230 pound forward from Kent State, and Ray Reed, a 6-1, 175 pound guard, have signed scholarships to play for the Titans. Per the NCAA. both players must redshirt one year and both will then have two years of eligibility beginning in the 2006-07 season.
According to Burton, Cutley, who has been mentioned as a possible transfer to Cal State Fullerton on the TitanCentral.com message boards, can play either the three or the four. "He is an extremely versatile player," said Burton, "Scott is similar to Yaphett King. He is strong, can post up and has very good handles. He really understands how to play the game. He simply knows how to win."
Cutley started in 32 out of 33 games for the 20-13 Golden Flashes of Kent State. He averaged 7.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 28 minutes while making 49.5% of his shots. The sophomore was also second on the team in steals with 44.
Obviously playing time and competition were not a problem at Kent State but Cutley wanted to play closer to home. Cutley, who played high school ball at Westchester, is extremely close to former Comet and current Titans' point guard Bobby Brown. He is also good friends with John Clemmons (another Westchester pal) and Frank Robinson.
Reed, who played at Inglewood High School, is another player who has close ties to players on the Titans' roster (Bobby Brown, Robinson, et al) and he is also happens to be very good friends with Cutley.
"Ray is extremely athletic," says Burton, "He plays really hard and will fit in nicely in our up-tempo style."
Reed averaged averaged 3.1 points and 1.7 rebounds over 58 games as a Hoya. Coincidentally, the Titans were eliminated by Georgetown in the NIT this past season. Reed played 16 minutes, scored 3 points and had 3 assists.
Reed, who was granted his release back in May, also wanted to play closer to home. In addition, new Titan assistant coach Marlon Morton has had a very good relationship with Reed that goes back to his high school playing days. Cal State Fullerton's offense played a factor as well. The Hoya's use the Princeton style of play and Reed's game is better suited in an offense that runs the ball up and down the floor.
"These are high-level players and we are extremely pleased they chose to play basketball for Cal State Fullerton," said Burton.