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Menlo College men's basketball announces incoming freshmen class

 

Serra High grad Jeremiah Testa heads an all-star list of incoming freshmen for the Menlo College men's basketball team as announced by Oaks coach Kaniela Aiona.

Testa is one of four freshman and one sophomore transfer who look to make an immediate impact as Menlo seeks to build on their second year in the Golden State Athletic Conference.


Jeremiah Testa
Here is what you need to know about the newest members of the Oaks family:

Jared Wall is a graduate of Folsom High School. He played three years on the varsity team at Folsom High as a guard and appeared in 98 games for his father and Head Coach, Mike Wall. During the three-year span he averaged 10.1 points per game with an average of 3 rebounds and 1.6 steals.

He was a large contributor to back-to-back San Joaquin Section titles, the NorCal Division II title, and a state championship qualifier. In 2016 he was awarded All-Metro First Team.

John Paine III comes to Menlo from West Linn, Oregon as a graduate of Central Catholic College Prep High School where he played under Head Coach David Blue.

Size certainly plays into the strength of his game as he stands 6'6" and weighs 190 lbs while playing the shooting guard and power forward positions. His versatility was on display while at Central Catholic and he helped his team to a 20-6 record his senior year.

Jeremiah Testa is a native of Belmont. A graduate of Junipero Serra High School in 2016 he was a decorated basketball player who played the guard position for Head Coach Chuck Rapp. His junior year was just the beginning of his success where he received All-WCAL honors and the Scholar-Athlete Award at Junipero Serra.

He followed that up in 2016 with more All-WCAL honors, All-League CCS, and was the leading scorer on his team that won the California Division II State Championship and tied the school record for most wins (26) in a season.

Michael Hauser is the final freshman in the recruiting class and is a native of Alamo, California. A graduate of Bishop O'Dowd High School where he played for Head Coach Lou Richie, Hauser adds some height to the team with his 7-foot frame.

As a junior he was a California Basketball Open State Champion and ranked in the top ten in the country with his team. He followed that up with his senior year where he was a 2016 McDonald's All-American Nominee and an All-League Honorable Mention selection.

Colton Wirth is the sophomore transfer of the bunch transferring over from the University of La Verne. Prior to his time at La Verne, Wirth played his prep basketball at San Marin High School under head coach Craig Pitti. During his lone season there he was named to the SCIAC All-Academic team and the ULV Dean's List.

A native of Redmond, Washington, he went to San Marin High School and was the captain of the team his senior year. At the guard position he was named Second Team All-League and Honorable Mention All-Metro, helping his team advance to the NorCal Division II state quarterfinals.

"Our coaching staff is very excited about this year's recruiting class," Aiona said."They are a great group of young men who come from excellent high school programs and are proven winners. As players, each one of our newcomers bring a unique skill set to the table. Most importantly they all fit the high standards of Menlo Basketball both athletically and academically. We are looking looking forward to helping these young men grow to the best of their abilities here at Menlo."

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