April 25, 2012

Titans Sign 3 Collegians

April 25, 2012

Fullerton, Calif. - Three college transfers -- two with Div. I experience -- have signed to continue their basketball careers at Cal State Fullerton.

Michael Williams, a first-team All-West Coast Conference selection in 2010-11 for the University of San Francisco; Givon Crump, a 6-foot-7 forward who has been in the Baylor, Fresno State and Pasadena City College programs; and Chris Carvin, a 5-foot-11 guard from American River Community College in Sacramento will join the Titan program in August.

Williams, a 6-foot- guard who averaged 10.9 points in 91 career games for the Dons, must sit out the 2012-13 season and will have only one year of eligibility after that. Carvin will have three years of eligibility beginning this year and Crump will have two years to play two seasons.

Crump played his freshman season at Baylor before transferring to Fresno State, which he left after a redshirt season when Coach Steve Cleveland was terminated. Carvin played his high school ball at Laguna Creek in Elk Grove and only one season at ARC.

"Williams is an ultra-athletic playmaker who is very hard to guard because of his ability to pass, dribble and shoot at a high level," said Fullerton Assistant Coach Julius Hicks. "His game will draw comparisons to former Titan great Bobby Brown. We expect him to be one of the better all-around players in the Big West."

Williams is from Van Nuys and prepped at Taft High School where he earned all-city and all-state honors in 2008-09. He was the L.A. Daily News player of the year and the MVP of the West Valley League. He made the WCC all-tournament team in 2011.

Crump averaged 20.3 points and 7.4 rebounds for a 16-12 Pasadena team this past season. He made 150 of 181 free throws (.829). He posted the fifth highest scoring game in PCC history with 39 points in a 73-60 win over Cerritos College on Feb. 1, when he made 7 of 8 3-point attempts. At Baylor in 2009-10 he appeared in 15 games but played only 43 minutes with 7 points and 16 rebounds. The Washington, DC, native prepped at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

"Givon has the ability to be one of the best shooters we've had," said Hicks. "He has great size combined with a multi-faceted game which will allow him to play multiple positions for us. His addition gives us another potent perimeter scoring threat. With his pedigree, we expect him to make an immediate impact for us next season."

Carvin averaged 11 points and 4 assists for a 21-13 American River team. At Laguna Creek he averaged 16.6 points as a senior for a 14-10 club.

"We've followed Chris since high school and always thought his game would be a great fit for us. A strong, quick, pass-first point guard, his floor vision and ability to make plays for his teammates will be a welcome addition to the program."

The Titans lost five seniors from last season's 21-10 squad and sophomore guard Isiah Umipig is transferring to Seattle University. Williams will become the 44th Div. I transfer into the Titans' program, the 16th in the Coach Bob Burton Era.