Fullerton Inks Four During Signing Period

FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton first-year head coach Dedrique Taylor announced the signing of the 2014 recruiting class on Monday.

The class, which includes two Southern California natives, will enroll at Cal State Fullerton for the 2014-15 academic year.

"I could not be happier and more satisfied with this group of young men that will be joining the Titan family next year," Taylor said. "The future of Titan basketball is bright and filled with high-character student-athletes that provide our ball club with talent, versatility and depth.  I am anxious to see this group in Titan uniforms."

Jamar Akoh | F | 6-7 | 240 | Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. | Los Osos HS

Averaged 12.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game for Los Osos High School…recorded 21 double-digit games and five 20-point games during his junior season leading the Grizzles to a 19-9 record and 6-4 mark in the Baseline League…scored a season-high 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 76-65 win vs. Alta Loma (01/25/13)…named to the 2013 All-Valley second team.

Cal State Fullerton Head Coach Dedrique Taylor: Jamar is a young man that adds quality to our character quotient and provides our ball club with versatility. He has a very high skill set that we are anxious to use all over the court.  His size and basketball IQ make him very unique to our conference.

Los Osos High School Head Coach Dave Smith: "Jamar has been a great addition to our program and we are looking forward to his senior season.  We feel that he has not yet reached his full potential and think that his best basketball is yet to come.  Jamar is a great young man and student. I think Fullerton has found a diamond in the rough."


Ron Freeman | F | 6-6 | 180 | Gardena, Calif. | Serra HS
Rated by ESPN as the No. 15 recruit in the state of California overall…scored 16 points and helped Serra High School to the CIF Southern Section Division 4AA championship in a 70-52 win over La Verne Lutheran High School…the Cavaliers finished the season with a record of 26-7 and a Del Rey League championship.

Cal State Fullerton Head Coach Dedrique Taylor: "Ron is oozing with potential. He has great length and is a high-level athlete. We are getting a young man with high character that gives us a chance to build toward a very successful future."


Malcolm Henderson | F | 6-8 | 260 | Chatequguay, Quebec, Canada | Missouri State West Plains JC
Played in 20 games last season as a freshman at Missouri State West Plains Junior College…a 2012 graduate of Vanier College (Sainte-Croix, Montréal, Québec)…in his second year with the program helped Vanier to the provincial championship and a seventh-place finish at nationals…in 2012 was evaluated as the No. 5 center in Canada by HoopStars Canada.

Cal State Fullerton Head Coach Dedrique Taylor: "Malcolm is the gentle giant. He is an awesome young man that we are very excited to have for three years.  He provides us with size and athleticism that he uses to rebound the ball outside of his area.  He can defend and will add to our ability to score in the paint."


Missouri State-West Plains Head Coach Yancey Walker:
"Malcolm is a great young man who is the entire package. He will be great in the classroom along with being a leader on and off the floor. More than any other player I have ever coached, Malcolm is exceptional at being himself and executing his role. He uses his body very well in the post on both offense and defense."

 

Lanerryl Johnson | PG | 6-1 |Atlanta, Ga. | Central Arizona JC
Spent the 2012-13 and 2011-12 (redshirt) seasons at Tennessee Tech University before transferring to play his sophomore year (2013-14) at Central Arizona JC…as a redshirt freshman at TTU averaged 7.6 points and 1.4 assists per game…at Walton High School averaged 24.0 points per game during his senior season...was a first-team all-state selection and the leading scorer in Cobb County...named first-team all-county and all-region en route to helping his team to a regional title...named MVP of the Rainier Beach Tournament and was a member of the all-tournament team at the Glaxo Smith Kline Invitational.

Cal State Fullerton Head Coach Dedrique Taylor: "Lanerryl is a young man that has a chance to have an immediate impact on our team. His experience having been in college three years gives him a different perspective.  He has a unique combination of speed, athleticism, shooting, passing and play-making ability.  He has the ability to score in bunches and put up big numbers. His leadership will be paramount to our success."

Central Arizona College Head Coach JD Pollock: "Lanerryl is a very gifted player, and certain things on the floor come completely natural to him. He was born to score and attack defenses to give them fits; while some people have to try and work at becoming an offensive weapon for years. I have not been around very many players that can put up points as easily as "Ro" can at times. He is really working at developing a more well-rounded game and has taken some big strides doing that in his time at Central Arizona. I know he will be a huge asset for Coach Taylor and his program at Cal St Fullerton, and look forward to following his career. He is a great student-athlete who really enjoys being part of a team."