Cameron Dollar, head coach of the Seattle University men's basketball team, has announced the group of young men who have committed to attending Seattle U and will join the basketball program beginning in the 2011-12 academic year.
"We are excited about the class we were able to bring in. We have addressed a lot of our needs while we continue to upgrade our overall talent base," Dollar commented.
Tidjane "T.J." Diop (Queensland, Australia) arrived in the United States and attended Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colo., last season, where he averaged 11.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in the last 10 contests of the season. The 6'8", 215-pound forward graduated from Victoria Point State High School in Victoria Point, Queensland, Australia and played on the Southwest Metro Pirates squad that won the U18 state championship in 2007.
"T.J. is an athletic forward who will be active on the boards, in transition, and on the block," Dollar said.
Louis Green (Westchester, Ill.), a 6'9", 240-pound center, was a Second Team All-Region IV and All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference selection after averaging 12.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.3 blocked shots per game. At St. Joseph's High School, Green earned All-State, All-Area, and All-East Suburban Catholic Conference honors as well as being named Male Athlete of the Year at his high school.
"Louis will give us our first true post presence," said Dollar. "He loves contact, plus he scores and defends well inside the paint."
Prince Obasi (Reseda, Calif.) helped Saddleback Community College post a 27-7 overall record and advance to the final four in the CCCAA Championships. The 6'2", 205-pound guard began his collegiate career at Howard College in Big Springs, Texas, where he helped the squad win the NJCAA nation title with a 33-2 record. Obasi was a First Team All-City selection in his senior season at Cleveland High School.
"Prince is a big, strong, tough point guard who really gets everyone involved in the game," Dollar said.
Deshaun Sunderhaus (Rockdale County, Ga.) took Rockdale County High School all the way to the title game in the Georgia 4A tournament. At 6'9" and 215 pounds, he collected at least 10 rebounds in nine games, grabbing a season-high 15 rebounds in the semifinal game against Fayette County. He finished 2010-11 second in Georgia 4A with 8.6 rebounds per game.
"Deshaun is an athletic post player with good shooting ability. I look forward to tapping into his tremendous potential," said Dollar.
Allen Tate (Hobbs, N.M.), a 6'5", 205-pound guard, led Lamar Community College last season with 14.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.3 steals per game in helping the Runnin' Lopes post a 23-8 overall record and win the Region IX South subregional championship. In high school, Tate won the New Mexico 5A state championship at Hobbs High School, the 16th state title for the legendary program.
"Allen is a talented and versatile guard who will contribute right away in a variety of areas on the court," remarked Dollar.
Seattle University finished the 2010-11 season with 11 wins, including victories over Oregon State, Virginia, Montana State, and Idaho. The Redhawks will play as an independent for one more season before moving into the Western Athletic Conference beginning July 1, 2012.