Nov. 15, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. -
A pair of community college forwards who began their careers at the Div. I level have signed to continue their basketball careers at Cal State Fullerton in 2012-13.
Marquis Horne (6-foot-6) of Salt Lake City Community College began his career at Ohio University but never played while James "Deuce" Johnson (6-7) of Central Wyoming College played his freshman year at Louisiana Tech.
A third signing is imminent.
Horne and Johnson will each have two seasons of eligibility.
"Marquis is a very smooth, left-handed combo forward who will play the 3 and the 4 for us for the next two seasons," said Associate Head Coach Andy Newman. "His biggest strengths are his athleticism and ability to score both inside and out.
"Deuce provides our program with a strong inside presence. The combination of his unique ability to score around the rim and his relentless motor make him a tremendous asset. Deuce can also stretch the defense with his ability to knock down perimeter jump shots."
Horne averaged 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 16 games as a freshman for the Salt Lake Bruins and he got 12 points and 5 rebounds in this year's season-opening win over Pump `n Run for new Head Coach Todd Phillips. Horne played his junior and senior high school seasons at Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, helping the team to the state finals as a senior when he averaged 11 points and 7 rebounds in 2008-09. As a junior he averaged 12 points and 7 boards. He played his sophomore season for a 22-7 team at Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia.
Johnson played in all but three games and started four times for Louisiana Tech, averaging 1.7 points and 1.5 rebounds in about 7 minutes per game for Coach Kerry Rupp, who was fired. Johnson is playing this season at Central Wyoming College in Riverton for new Coach Curtis Condie, a former Louisiana Tech assistant. Johnson is averaging 20.5 points and 8 rebounds in the first two games of this season. He played his high school ball for Campbell Hall in North Hollywood. He averaged 14.5 points and 8.4 rebounds as a senior. He was a two-time All-CIF selection and his teams won two state championships.