Nov. 15, 2005
Fullerton, Calif. - Two four-year college transfers and a community college transfer have accepted scholarships to continue their basketball careers at Cal State Fullerton in the 2006-07 season.
Coach Bob Burton has received signed documents from former Kent State point guard Marcus Crenshaw, former Boise State forward Andrew Green and West Valley College forward Marcus Morgan.
"We're really excited about all three of these players," said Burton. "All three are immediate impact players who will help us next season."
Crenshaw is attending Schoolcraft Community College in Livonia, Michigan, and will have three years of eligibility remaining. The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 4.7 points and 1.1 assists while playing in all 33 games for the Golden Flashes in a 20-13 2004-05 season that took them into the post-season NIT. As a junior at MacKenzie High School in Detroit, Crenshaw led the state of Michigan in scoring with a 29.4 ppg average. He averaged 24 points and 11 assists as a senior.
"He is really quick and can shoot it," said Burton. "Much like Bobby Brown, he is an offensive minded point guard. He played point at Kent State but he can play either guard position. We're really fortunate to get him. He really fits our style of play and gives us some much needed outside scoring."
Crenshaw was a Kent State teammate last season of forward Scott Cutley, who earlier transferred to Fullerton and is sitting out a mandatory redshirt season.
Green is playing at College of Sequoias in Visalia and will have two years of eligibility remaining. In 2004-05, the 6-6, 260-pound forward played in 20 games at Boise State, averaging 1.2 points and 1.3 rebounds. As a senior at Perris High School he averaged 21.4 points, 16.4 rebounds and 3 blocked shots per game and earned first-team All-CIF and All-Riverside County honors. He was Co-MVP of the Sun Belt Conference.
"We recruited him out of Perris and now we've re-recruited him," said Burton. "He's a tremendous low post player and very skilled. He can play the `4' or `5' (power forward or center) positions in this conference."
Morgan is a sophomore at Burton's previous head coaching stop, West Valley College in Saratoga. The 6-5, 240-pounder was a first-team all-state performer last year for the 23-4 Eagles, who advanced to the state championship game.
"Marcus is a winner and a tremendous team player," said Burton. "He does all the things that make you win. It's the only thing he cares about. He can play either the `3' (small forward) or `4'."
Fullerton has four seniors on the current roster in power forward Jamaal Brown, shooting guards Jermaine Harper and Vershan Cottrell and backup point guard John Clemmons. The favorites for the Big West Conference championship open the season Sunday afternoon at home vs. Hope International.