Men's basketball recruiting class announced
When Russ Caton took over as the new coach of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men's basketball team, the first order of business was to evaluate the team he had inherited. The second was to augment that core.
Caton announced his inaugural recruiting class Thursday which included eight freshman and one junior college transfer.
"The newcomers will fill the holes around a solid foundation of returning players," said Caton. "Several of these players will be expected to come in and contribute immediately."
The immediate area of need was at point guard, a spot so glaringly deficient a season ago that interim coach Doug Schakel took to having power forward Patrick Hannaway bring the ball up the floor. Caton's filled that void with Nic Fuller, a transfer from Otero Junior College.
Unlike previous years when the UCCS roster was full of junior college transfers, the 5-foot-11 Fuller was the only JUCO among Caton's signees.
Also at point guard will be Ben Feilmeier, a 6-foot freshman from Colorado Springs' Liberty High School. A three-time academic all-state honoree, Feilmeier averaged 14 points, 3.8 assists. 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game as a senior for the Lancers and was named honorable mention all-area by the Gazette.
Having addressed the point guard void, Caton turned his eye to perimeter shooting in hopes of strengthening a UCCS offense that was 12th in the 14-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in field goal percentage a year ago and 10th in 3-point percentage. He found one of the best in Nick Taylor.
Taylor was the player of the year in San Diego's Grossmont South League after averaging 27.3 points per game for Granite Hills High School. He was also named first-team all-Division I for the San Diego area, which regularly produces dozens of NCAA Division I players each year. The 6-foot-2 guard led the San Diego section in 3-pointers made with 132, 51 better than the next best total.
Another shooter added was Joe Scott, a 6-foot-4 swingman who averaged three 3-pointers per game as a senior at De La Salle High School in Minneapolis. Scott was named Class 3A all-state after averaging 17 points per game and leading his team to a state title. He also averaged six rebounds, four assists and three steals per game.
With those needs addressed, Caton looked to the future. Hannaway and center Bly McGuire, the stars of the 2005-06 Mountain Lions, will both be entering their senior season. With that in mind, Caton added slasher Kyle Perkins and post man Eric Davis.
Perkins, who averaged 21.9 points per game at Montezuma-Cortez High School, was named Class 4A honorable mention by the Rocky Mountain News. While his season rebounding statistics were not available, he averaged 7.1 boards over the first 10 games of the season when that stat was recorded.
Davis put up impressive numbers at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho, averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per game. An all-High Country Conference selection in both basketball and football, he made 66 percent of his field goal attempts and 86 percent of his free throws.
Adding post depth will be another Colorado Springs player, Chris Mayerl, a 6-foot-8 freshman from Palmer High School.
Other recruits include: Jason Nye, a 6-foot-6 wing from Golden, and Aaron Cain, a 6-foot guard from Falcon.
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