Class of 2008: Wagner College

Our class of 2008 series on New York colleges takes a swing down to Wagner College. Four recruits will be joining former Marquette coach Mike Deane's 08-09 Seahawk roster.

All recruits are from the prep ranks, no jucos here, with two coming from top South Jersey prep programs St. Augustine and Apex Academies. Apex, best known for Kansas freshman Markieff and Marcus Morris, started operations and was certified by the NCAA last season. Another is from Canada where secondary schools generally are five years.


Chris Martin CG 6-0, 190 Sicklerville, N.J. Signed in spring after a post-grad year at Apex Academies, averaged 15.7 points and 6.2 assists for the 26-2 top 10 prep program; averaged 19.6 ppg as a senior at Winslow Twp. HS
Tyler Murray SG 6-4, 190 Toronto, Ont. Averaged 15.3 points, 6.2 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game at 38-5 Eastern Commerce; had 17 points and 5 assists in Jordan Canadian All-Star Game which features top 20 Canadian seniors; played with Toronto Mission AAU program.
Ryan Schrotenboer C 6-9, 200 Fort Myers, Fla. Averaged 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds at Bishop Verot; could use 2008-09 as for developmental redshirt as Coach Deane did for Brian Szczepanski last season.
Josh Thompson F/G 6-4, 195 Bridegton, N.J. Likely to have the most impact; averaged 15.7 points per game at St. Augustine Prep; third team All-State; Vineland Daily Journal player of the year; also recruited for football by the likes of Rutgers, Boston College and Penn State.

The Seahawks were 23-8 last season, second in the Northeast Conference (13-3) with an extremely balanced lineup: all five starters averaged in double figures.

Three were seniors. Forwards Durell Vinson, who averaged a double-double of 13.6 points and 11.5 rebounds, and James Ulrich (10.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg) signed pro contracts this summer. The third, guard Mark Porter, led Wagner with 16.3 points and 5.5 assists and was, along with Vinson, named All-NEC first team. Both. who played at St. Augustine too, were also named All-Metropolitan NYC second team.

Returning are forward Jamal Smith (11.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and guard Joey Mundweiler (10.3 ppg, 1.8 apg). Forwards Justin Drummond and Llewchean Radford saw +14 minutes off the bench.

Mike Deane, a former Marquette head coach and a Long Island native, is entering his sixth season at Wagner. Coach Deane has a 417-291 career mark and is now 74-73 at the Staten Island school.

Those 23 wins in 07-08 set a school record. But, WC was eliminated in NEC semis by Sacred Heart and didn't see postseason action.

The Seahawks' toughest test on the non-conference schedule is a New Year's Eve Eve (12/30) trip to Kansas State. Their 11th and final NEC-prep contest may feel a little like home: KSU is in Manhattan, Kan.

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