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Large hoops recruiting classshould keep Menlo competitive

 

Menlo College men's basketball coach Jon Surface officially introduced his latest recruiting class, which will need to fill some shoes this season. Six true freshmen, and one sophomore transfer, look to help the Oaks reload after the graduation of seven seniors.

"I'm really excited about this group of guys," Surface said. "We're going to be extremely young this season with 10 total freshman, but everyone here is a hard worker and they are meshing well as a group. I think there a lot of these new guys who will be battling for minutes right away."


Incoming players include:

Six-foot-1 freshman guard from Kamuela Hawaii, Kalan Camero played at Hawaii Preparatory Academy. He helped HPA to an undefeated Big Island Interscholastic Federation (BIIF) regular season averaging 18 points, five rebounds and five assists as a senior team captain.

Six-foot-1 freshman guard from Sydney, Australia, Ben Graham has proven himself as a multi-sport athlete having played high level baseball and European Handball during his prep career.

Coming in as the tallest member of the recruiting class, Jordan Lingard (6-7), a Colac, Australia native, will add height and depth at the forward position. Lingard played at Trinity College Colac, where he averaged 14.8 points per game in his final two seasons. He has trained under Australian-born basketball legends Sedale Threatt and Lanard Copeland.

Providing size to the freshman class, Jonnythan Munkholm joins the Oaks as a 6-4 forward from Sierra High School. A two-sport standout at Sierra, Munkholm competed in both track and field and basketball. On the hardwood, Munkholm helped Sierra to three consecutive 20+ win seasons and two Div. III San Joaquin runner-up honors. He was also named the most valuable field athlete on the Track and Field squad.

Brad Sawin, a multi-position prospect, brings a list of accolades and honors. An Arizona Section I Division I 5A First Team selection, District Player of the Year, and District Academic Player of the Year, Sawin averaged 15 points, four rebounds and three assists per game as a senior. Additionally, he helped lead Ironwood High School to back-to-back trips to the Division I state tournament.

Sophomore transfer Skylar Sexton (6-4) comes to the Oaks after two years with former Cal Pac foe William Jessup. Sexton appeared in 17 games for the Warriors a season ago. As a prep standout, Sexton was named 1st team All-CCC in 2012 and was also named a Six-County All-Star for a season in which he averaged 13 points.

A 6-4 guard/forward from Reno, Nev., Zachary Wurm played at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School where he was named Second Team All-League as a senior, averaging 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists per game. His favorite sports memory is playing basketball for his dad up until his junior year of high school.

— Menlo College Athletics

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