Making every effort to erase the memories of a disappointing season, The Master's College basketball coach Chuck Martin has been busy inking a number of prospects that is quickly making up an impressive 2011-12 recruiting class.
Topping the list of recent signees is Chris Patureau (pictured left) out of Northeast Christian Academy in Kingwood, Texas. The 6-6 forward enjoyed two prolific and decorated seasons with the Warriors, leading the club to a pair of TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) 2A state championships while earning state player of the year honors twice.
As a junior in 2009-10, Patureau averaged 20.5ppg, 13.8rpg, and 4.2apg as the Warriors went 30-7 en route to their first of two straight titles. He was named the TAPPS 2A District 7 MVP, Most Outstanding Player of the state tournament, first-team all-state, and TAPPS Player of the Year.
A year later, Patureau capped off his sparkling two-year run at NCA with another jaw-dropping campaign, averaging 21.5ppg, 11.9rpg, and 5.4apg. He led the Warriors to a 35-2 record, another state championship, and a duplication all of his post-season honors from the previous year.
Of Patureau's signing, Martin said: "Chris Patureau represents the kind of player and person we need here at The Master's for us to compete at the highest level while fitting the ideals of the college. He is a skilled, 6-6 athlete who will make an immediate impact on our program both on and off the floor. He chose TMC over several NCAA Division I programs to be part of something special in building the kingdom of Jesus Christ. I look forward to his contribution to the program."
Complementing Patureau from the backcourt will be Visalia, California, product, Lance Reeves. The 6-2 shooting guard transfers to TMC from College of the Sequoias where he was a two-time All-Central Valley Conference performer for Coach Rusty Smith and the Giants. In his sophomore season (2010-11), Reeves averaged 9.5ppg, shooting 43% from behind the arc and 87% at the line.
Reeves' prep days were spent at Central Valley Christian in Visalia where he developed into one of the finest players in the CIF Central Section. Over a four-year span he scored 1754 points, the second-highest total in program history. He capped off his high school career in 2008-09 when he averaged 16.7ppg while leading the Cavaliers to the CIF State Southern California Regional Division V semifinals.
He was named first-team All-Central Valley and earned a spot on the Fresno Bee's all-star team.
Commenting on Reeves' commitment, Martin said: "We feel fortunate to add someone like Lance to our team. First and foremost, he is a wonderful young man and student who wants to be at TMC. He will provide us with quality depth as a terrific shooter and defender. Really good teams are made up of young men like Lance."
Rounding out the trio of signees is wing/forward Jon Hogan. Hogan split his prep career between Indian Rocks Christian and Clearwater High School in Florida, posting impressive offensive numbers at each school. Following two years at Indian Rocks where he totaled 837 points, the 6-5 guard/forward transferred to Clearwater where his game took another jump.
As a junior in 2009-10, he averaged 12.9ppg and 4.4rpg as the Tornadoes reached the second round of the Florida Class 5A State Championships. A year later, he upped all of his numbers, averaging 20.3ppg and 9.5rpg, while hitting nearly 64% of his shots from the field. He was named first-team All-PCAC (Pinellas County Athletic Conference), first-team all-district, and all-state honorable mention.
According to Martin, "Jon is a versatile, skilled basketball player who adds athleticism and size to our roster. We fully expect him to make an immediate impact on our team as a player who can affect the game at multiple positions. We are very excited to add another talented freshman who can learn and grow as he strengthens our program here at TMC."