November 9, 2006

Trio of JC Transfers Sign National Letters

Nov. 9, 2006

Fullerton, Calif. - Three community college basketball players have signed national letters of intent to continue their careers at Cal State Fullerton beginning with the 2007-08 season.

Gerard Anderson, a 6-foot-6 forward from Saddleback College in Mission Viejo; Marcio Lassiter, a 6-foot-2 combination guard from San Francisco City College; and Adam Thomas, a 7-foot-2 center from Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, Missouri, all submitted signed documents Wednesday. Each will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

"Gerard is probably the most athletic player in California community colleges," said CSF Assistant Coach Andy Newman, the Titans' recruiting coordinator. "He's a very explosive wing player. He can slash and finish.

"Marcio is a tremendous shooter and can handle the ball. He has a great feel for the game. He led his team in scoring and took them to the Final Four of the state playoffs last year. He is very good at every aspect of the game.

"Adam has a tremendous upside. He hasn't played a lot of organized ball, but he has a great attitude and wants to learn. He has a great touch and, for as much as he has played, he has a tremendous feel for the game. He just needs to learn how to use his body."

Anderson averaged 11.8 points and 5.6 rebounds last year for a 22-9 Gauchos' team. The product of Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles shot 58 percent from the floor and 70 percent from the foul line. His high game was 20 points.

Lassiter was a double figures scorer for the Rams. He prepped at Washington High School where he was all-district as a senior and all-city as a sophomore and junior.

Thomas averaged 8 points and 5 rebounds last season for the Scouts and has improved on those numbers in the early going this season. He did not play high school ball in his hometown of Lee's Summit, Missouri. The comparisons to late-blooming Southern California products Swen Nater and Mark Eaton are inevitable.

"I know Adam is way more athletic and agile than those two guys were," said Titans' Head Coach Bob Burton of two late-starting centers who had long professional careers. "If he wants to be a player, and he really wants to work at it and put the time into it, he's got the chance to be really good."