[UPDATE] Titans Begin a New Era in Recruiting

Cal State Fullerton no longer has restrictions on junior college recruiting and head coach Donny Daniels is trying to make up for all the lost years in his first "real" recruiting class. Thus far the Titans have received eight commitments from the JC ranks as well as one high-school baller.

Six of the Juco players went to high school on the east coast. Three went to Franklin High School in Philadelphia and the other three are from Brooklyn New York. Here is a breakdown of the current recruiting class for the 2002-03 season.

2002-03 Basketball Commitments
Late Signing Period (April 2002); Last updated 05-May-2002

Player Ht/Wt From Scouting report

Ralphie Holmes
Wing
Sophomore

6-3
190

Allan Hancock CC
(Santa Maria, CA)
Franklin High School
Philadelphia, PA

Slasher with 3 years of eligibility remaining. Averaged a double-double (22 points, 10.1 rebounds) and was an All-Conference selection only year at Allan Hancock CC. Also shot 51.2% from the field on 262/512, 41.4% from 3-point range on 41/99. A shooting guard who can bring the ball up the court. He has Pape-like talent and is probably the best recruit of the class. Sat out last year but schooled at Santa Monica CC. [Western State Conference stats]

Projected Starter at the shooting guard position.

Ronald Roundtree
Power Forward
Junior

6-8
225

Riverside CC
(Riverside, CA)
Franklin High School
Philadelphia, PA

Orange Empire League Honorable Mention last season at Riverside CC. He's a big guy with a nice shooting touch. He averaged 15.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and shot 40.7% from 3-point land. He was also a 74% free throw shooter in college. [more stats]

Projected starter at power forward or small forward.

Zakee Smith
Point Guard
Junior

5-11
165
Panola College
(Carthage, TX)
Franklin High School
Philadelphia, PA

Averaged 14.6 assists at Panola CC [Panola Stats]. Obviously an excellent ball handler, and an uncanny ability to spot the open man. Zakee was among the nations leaders in assists with a 14.58 average. He also averaged 13.4 points. [Game-by-game stats | Region XIV Stats]

Projected starter at point guard.

Jamal Forcheney
Power Forward
Junior
6-7
215
West Hills CC
(Coalinga, CA)
Prospect High School
Brooklyn, NY

First team All-Central Valley Conference selection. Forcheney made 161 field goals out of 239 attempted for a whopping 674 percent - the highest in the Central Valley Conference and his high game score was 30 points. He also had 30 blocks and 33 steals during the season. He averaged 14.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

Will back up Roundtree but should see significant playing time

Franck Essis
Wing
Junior
6-4
210
Chaffey College
(Rancho Cucamonga)
Brooklyn, NY
Essis was recruited last year but needed to finish some additional units before he could become eligible at CSF He averaged nearly 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists per game at Chaffey College. He was also listed as one of the Top 60 Junior College Sophomores by CNNSI.

Will contend for a starting spot at one of the wing positions

Bron Groomes
Wing
Junior
6-7
210
San Bernardino Valley College
Boys & Girls High School, Brooklyn, NY

Played for Ruth Lovelace at Boys & Girls HS. Their nickname was the 'Kangaroos'.

Found on the web: "Several New York-area players caught the eye of top JUCO scout Jerry Mullen at the San Bernardino (CA) Showcase on September 15. San Bernardino Valley also ended 3-0 and, according to Mullen, has an emerging big-time player in 6-7 Bron Groomes, whom he recalled as a freshman at South Plains (TX)."

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Ronald Allen
Power forward
Prop 48 Freshman
6-9
210
Artesia High School
Lakewood, CA

Will sit this coming year out as a Prop 48. Ronald is extremely athletic, and a prolific leaper who is not intimidated by older, more experienced players. He must sit out this coming year as a Prop 48, but we anticipate significant contributions from him in the 2003-2004 season.[More info on Allens verbal to CSF]

California nominee for McDonalds All-American

Gary Holmes
Wing
6-6
205
San Bernardino Valley College
Fontana HS

Walk-on who shot .396 (40-101) from behind the 3-point arc last season, finishing 48th in the state.

Initially signed with Eastern Washington and coach Steve Aggers (now at Loyola Marymount) but never played... He then played for North Idaho College in 1999-2000 before enrolling at San Bernardino College.

Scouting report (From a search on SoCalHoops):
A great leaper and tremendous inside-outside player...We also listed Gary as a three, but he can and will play the four at times, and can also cover the two. Gary is a very intelligent player with good knowledge of the game, an excellent handle. On his high school team and most traveling teams we've seen him play with he's mostly called upon to be an inside banger, boxing out well, and cleaning the class with his good hops. He can also step out and hit the outside shot, all the way out to three-point range with a great deal of regularity, and in college we'd project him probably as a combo two/three type player, using his good shooting skills as a sort of "power guard" and his ability to slash to the basket to grab boards or drive to the hole when needed. He plays very good defense, and he'll fit in very well with Agger's up-tempo and unselfish style of play.

Eric Alvarez
Point Guard
5-10
170
L.A. City College
Compton Centennial HS

Another walk-on first reported by Big Allpe Sports. First team All-CIF-SS: Boys Division III-AA who could help provide some much-needed depth at the point guard spot.

TitanCentral.com Spin: Let's be honest, most quality (and eligible) high school players are not going to come to Cal State Fullerton until we start putting some wins up on the board, so getting kids from the jc ranks is extremely important. If all these kids are here on October 12th (first day of practice) this will be one of the best recruiting classes since the Richard Morton/Henry Turner era (I.e. a very long time ago). When all is said and done we could have four new faces in the starting lineup to compliment All Big West player Pape Sow. This is good news considering the Titans have won only 10 games in the last two years.