Titans "Go Dutch," Add Four More for 2013-14
|DePaul Transfer Moses Morgan
FULLERTON, Calif. -- The Cal State Fullerton men's basketball team added four more to its roster for 2013-14 as the Titans welcomed DePaul transfer Moses Morgan, signed freshmen Floris Versteeg and Hidde Vos of the Netherlands to National Letters of Intent, and added walk-on Ian Spruce to the squad.
"We are excited to have these guys join ranks with us as we expect them to all to contribute to building 'Titan City,'" first-year head coach Dedrique Taylor said. "Most important, these guys add to our character quotient as they are all outstanding young men with bright futures as Titans. I am super excited about the students that these athletes are and I am anxious to get them all on the floor and see how quickly we can mesh as a team."
Due to NCAA transfer rules, Morgan must sit out the 2013-14 season to serve a year in residence and will have one year of eligibility remaining with Fullerton in 2014-15. Versteeg, Vos, and Spruce, will be true freshmen and have four years remaining beginning with this upcoming season.
Originally from Las Vegas (Palo Verde HS), Morgan appeared in 83 games over three seasons with the Blue Demons, averaging 6.6 points and 2.2 rebounds while shooting just over 35 percent from the floor in that span while standing among the school's top 15 in both three-pointers made (107) and attempted (319). He had his best statistical season as a sophomore in 2011-12, averaging 9.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game while shooting 37 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range while standing among the top 10 in the BIG EAST in three-point percentage (6th - .388) and three-pointers per game (8th - 2.08 pg).
Morgan led the team as a junior with 32 three-pointers with a season-high of 15 points off the bench against both Wichita State and Austin Peay and set a career high with 19 points twice against Rutgers and Connecticut as a sophomore in 2011-12.
"Moses provides us with a multitude of components that our program can benefit from," Taylor said. "He's spent the last three years competing in the BIG EAST conference on one of college basketball's biggest stages and that experience is invaluable. That experience has given him a level of maturity that will help our program tremendously. He has great size at 6'6" and can score in a variety of ways."
Versteeg and Vos, natives of Amsterdam and Barendrecht, respectively, both attended the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain under the direction of former Cal State Fullerton assistant coach Rob Orellana and have both represented their country on various youth national teams over the years.
They are the 13th and 14th international players in the history of the program and the first since Roger Guardia (Barcelona, Spain) in 2010-11. The Netherlands becomes the ninth different country to have a representative in a Titan uniform, joining Senegal, Germany, Brazil, France, Israel, Australia, Columbia, and Spain.
Vos averaged 6.9 points, 2.3 assists, and 3.4 rebounds at the recent 2013 U-20 European Championships in Romania while Versteeg was a member of the Netherlands' U-18 squad at the 2012 European Championships, averaging 6.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
"Hidde gives us a huge boost in our shooting department. He has good size at 6'5", a very strong build, and he will space the floor for us with his long range shooting ability," Taylor said. "He brings a good deal of experience for us after competing this past summer with his National Team and trained at a high clip.
"Floris gives us depth at the post position and he gives us some height in the front court. He is a skilled athlete that should be able to rely heavily on his skill set and understanding of the game to provide us with an advantage. He has good length and a nice stroke that will give us different options offensively. "
Spruce was a three-year varsity letter winner from Price HS in Los Angeles, helping the Knights to a 25-4 record, a Harbor League title, and a trip to the CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA quarterfinals as the No. 2 seed in the tournament. He averaged 12 points per game and shot 40 percent from the floor as a senior.
"Ian comes from a very tradition rich basketball and academic program," Taylor added. "We are excited to have him as a part of our program and looking forward to his contributions both on and off the court."
2013-14 CAL STATE FULLERTON MEN'S BASKETBALL NEWCOMERS
Name (HT, WT, POS, Hometown/Previous School)
Sheldon Blackwell (6-5, 175, G, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Etiwanda HS)
Joe Boyd (6-9, 240, F, Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral HS)
Moses Morgan (6-6, 220, F, Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde HS/DePaul)**
Floris Versteeg (6-9, 215, F/C, Amsterdam, Netherlands/Canarias Basketball Academy)
Hidde Vos (6-4, 190, G, Barendrecht, Netherlands/Canarias Basketball Academy)
Ian Spruce (6-4, 185, G, Playa Vista, Calif./Price HS)
** must sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules.