UCCS men's basketball signs three more

By Doug Fitzgerald published May 1, 2007

Three players signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, men's basketball coach Russ Caton announced Tuesday.

Joining the Mountain Lions for 2007-08 will be Abram Ziemer form Faith Christian High School in Lakewood, Clint Napolean from McCook (Neb.) Community College and Tommy Klousner from Weld Central High School near Fort Lupton.

The three join two fall signees as UCCS' incoming class. Rob Howe, a 6-foot-7 forward from Trinity Christian High School in De Soto, Texas and Chris Fernandez, a 6-foot-5 forward from Grandview High School became Mountain Lions during the NCAA's early signing period.

Ziemer, a 6-foot-3 guard, was a first-team Class 3A all-state selection after averaging 14 points and 4.5 assists as a senior. He shot 51.4 percent from the field and 80.3 percent from the foul line. Ziemer was a first-team all-Metropolitan League selection as both a junior and a senior was chosen to play in the All-State Game.

"Abram has great floor vision and good height for a guard," said UCCS coach Russ Caton. "He is the type of all-around great kid that we want to represent UCCS."

Napolean, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound forward, averaged 8.9 points and four rebounds per game this past season at McCook Community College. He shot 53.8 percent from the field and had a season-high 33 points against Laramie County JC.

"Clint brings us experience, athleticism, and strength, not to mention he is from Colorado Springs. He played at Hilltop Baptist," said Caton.

Klousner, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward, averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds per game as a senior at Weld Central High School. He is the all-time leading rebounder at the school and also holds records for career blocked shots (115) and rebounds in a game (28). An all-conference selection and a participant in the all-state game, Klousner was also his school's valedictorian and is a finalist for the Boettcher Scholarship.

"Tommy is the brains and the brawn all in one, with a great work ethic," said Caton. "I expect him to be a big contributor right away."

Caton said he still expects to sign one or two more players.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Rob HoweRob Howe32FFr.
Rob HoweRob Howe21FSo.
Rob HoweRob Howe21F
Rob HoweRob Howe21FSr.
Abram ZiemerAbram Ziemer10GFr.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez30FFr.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez30FSo.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez24F
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