Friday, September 28, 2012

SSU definitely added some talent

Sonoma State University has quite the incoming class on campus so we talked with Associate Head Coach Rich Shayewitz about the six newcomers on the Seawolves' roster.

Here you go:
Michael Avery is the sole non northern Californian. A 6-foot-5 prep backcourter out of southern California. "Michael is an amazing athlete who can jump out of the gym and also has a great feel for the game," according to Shayewitz. "He'll play a lot of positions for us (backup point and wing in addition to being a two) because he shoots it well and can get by guys and take it to the rim. He played inside as a four in high school last year and showed he can rebound, bang and defend taller opponents. He plays hard."

Emmanuel Bradford comes in as a 6-foot-1 junior point by way Antioch High and Los Medanos College. Shayewitz said "he is really talented and ultra tough. Emmanuel is a good shooter with excellent quickness and he'll defend all 94 feet. He played with cracked ribs in 75% of his games last season" -- this in 20 contests in which he averaged 19 points per game. Shayewitz added, "he has fit right in as he molds his game around the players surrounding him. He will open up the court and is also a really good student." Bradford shot 51%, 59% and 75% respectively last season.

Isaiah Brown was the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League Most Valuable Player, an honor earned despite playing on a team winning but one game last season. Shayewitz offered, "Isaiah has a ton of raw talent and ability and is very gifted offensively. He has a great body and is a dynamite kid." At 6-feet, Brown scored over 27 points a game for the Richmond High Oilers.

Nathan Molony-Benjamin is the big man of the group.He has Shayewitz excited because "Nathan is super athletic, long and our fastest guy up and down the floor." Molony-Benjamin, out of Analy High and a All-Sonoma County League honoree, measures 6-foot-8. "He rebounds and finishes above the rim and is becoming more aggressive and assertive. Nathan has no idea how good he can be. Call him a baby colt growing into a thoroughbred. Guys missed on him"

Andre Mattson is a 6-foot-4 wing moving over from Merced Junior College. Per Shayewitz, "He fits the mold of what we are about, a blue collar worker." Mattson scored 10.2 points per game in 2011-12 on 43% overall shooting, 36% from long distance and 82% from the foul line.

Andy Luttringer stands 6-foot-5 and played at Maria Carrillo High last season. "We'll be redshirting Andy," Shayewitz said.

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