Basketball Roster Shaping Up

With the late signings of Anthony Bolton and Federic Holm-Hadulla, both of whom have been accepted into school, it appears the 2002-03 roster is set. Of the previously announced commitments, five of the nine have qualified and are now attending Cal State Fullerton.

Ronald Roundtree and walk-on Gary Holmes were not able to qualify academically and Franck Essis had immigration problems and could not be admitted. Walk-on Eric Alvarez will not be attending school but the reason was not known at the time this article was published.

All the others stuck, including Philadelphia playground legend Ralphie Holmes, a 6-3 wing player, and 5-10 point guard Zakee Smith, both of whom should significantly bolster our guard play. He may not know it yet, but returning big man Pape Sow will be the biggest benefactor of this news.

To help with our inside game, the Titans signed two 6-7 forwards in Jamal Forcheney and Broom Groomes and both have completed the necessary coursework to get into school.

6-9 forward Ronald Allen, a Prop 48 casualty, was admitted as well but he will have to wait a year before we get to see him in a Titan uniform. Early indications are he will definitely be worth the wait.

That's six quality new faces (not including Allen) we hope to see once the season starts.

Of the returning players expected back, only Chris Alexander (academics) will not be back but his loss is overshadowed by the fact that Brandon Campbell is in school. There were some early indications he may forgo his senior season and concentrate on professional track. Thankfully, this was not the case.

2002-03 Basketball Roster
(as of Sep. 4, 2002)

No Player Pos HT WT YR Hometown (Previous School)
5 Derick Andrew G 6-1 190 Jr. Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Rancho Cucamonga HS)
21 Amir Bar-Netzer F 6-6 215 Jr. Woodland Hills, Calif. (Santa Monica CC)
Ê Anthony Bolton G/F 6-6 200 Jr. Vista, Calif (Palomar CC)
12 Babacar Camara C 6-11 240 Sr. Dakar, Senegal (Cheickantadiop Univ.)
25 Brandon Campbell G/F 6-4 205 Sr. St. Louis, Mo. (Cardinal Ritter HS)
Ê Jamal Forcheney F 6-7 215 Jr. Brooklyn, NY (West Hills CC)
Ê Bron Groomes F 6-7 210 Jr. Brooklyn, NY (San Bernadino CC)
Ê Federic Holm-Hadulla G 6-2 185 So. Heidelberg Germany
Ê Ralphie Holmes G 6-4 190 So. Philadelphia, Pa. (Allan Hancock CC)
44 Denver Lopez G 6-1 175 Jr. West Covina, Calif. (CSU Dominguez Hills)
13 Daniel Ryan G 6-1 165 Sr. Montclair, Calif. (Chaffey College)
Ê Zakee Smith G 5-11 165 Jr. Philadelphia, Pa. (Panola College)
11 Pape Sow F 6-10 240 Jr. Dakar, Senegal (Chaffey College)

HEAD COACH: Donny Daniels (Cal State Fullerton, 1977), 3rd season
ASSISTANT: Rob Orellana (Regents College, 1998), 3rd season
ASSISTANT: Jason Levy (Cal State Northridge, 1993), 3rd season
ASSISTANT: Mark Maki (Wyoming, 1997), 3rd season
ASSISTANT: Tom Gorrell (Long Beach State '93), 2nd season
Student Manager: Wes Miller