Titans Receive First Verbal for 2003-04

Head coach Donny Daniels has received his first verbal for 2003-04 recruiting class. TitanCentral.com has learned that 6-5, 220 lb forward Hardy Asprilla has committed to the Titans and will sign during the early signing period (November 13-20).

Asprilla, who played for Lon Morris College as a freshman, has transferred to the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, for this coming season. At Lon Morris he averaged 10 points and 6 boards per game and shot 54.3% from field (made 75 FGs out of 138). Asprilla can play both forward spots.

Lon Morris was ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA for most of the year.

According to College of the Sequoias' second year head coach Rusty Smith, Asprilla "is a true warrior. He loves to battle, he loves to compete. He's very physical." When asked if he would be able to handle the defensive intensity which coach Daniels is sure to demand, Asprilla said, "Are you kidding me? That's the best part of my game." He said he loves lifting weights and he can also shoot the three.

According to Asprilla, other schools who were recruiting him were Montana, Montana State, Stephan F. Austin and Old Dominion.

Asprilla had a 3.4 grade point average his only year at Lon Morris and is an excellent student. He said he chose Cal State Fullerton because of its outstanding teacher credential program.

Asprilla is from Boucaramanga, Columbia and has lived there most of his life. He first came to the United States as a foreign exchange student attending La Serna High School in Whittier, CA., though he did not play basketball at the school.

Asprilla was also a member of the Under 21 and Junior National teams for Columbia.