The Short And Long Of It
With an eye on the short term with the long, The Master's College men's basketball coach Chuck Martin has announced the signing of Mark Socoby and Britton Doerbecker for the 2011-12 campaign.
Socoby will spend one year with the Mustangs following his transfer from the University of Maine where he played three seasons for the Black Bears. Following a freshman year (2006-07) in which became one of the Bears' key reserves, he quickly blossomed into one of the American East Conference's top players.
As a sophomore, he averaged 14.6ppg (second on the team), highlighted by a team-best 82 three-pointers, and a team-high 5.7rpg en route to third-team all-conference honors.
A year later, making 30 starts for the second year in a row, he led the team in scoring (12.3ppg) and steals (46) while drilling 63 more trifectas. During the course of the season, he cracked the 1000-point plateau and left the program with 1013 career points (11.3ppg).
Of Socoby's signing, Martin said, "I recruited Mark as a senior when I was at Liberty (University). He is a tough, big guard who can score. He is the type of player you need to have to be competitive in the GSAC. He is a great kid who left (NCAA) Division I basketball at the height of his career to come to a Christian college. Even though it is only for one year, I look forward to coaching Mark and seeing the impact he has on our program and the impact The Master's College has on him."
Doerbecker, on the other hand, is looking at four years with the Mustangs after completing a stellar career at Hillcrest Christian High School in Granada Hills.
A four-year varsity performer, he developed into one of the Southland's top players in his final two seasons, earning All-CIF Division 5A first-team honors in each of his final two campaigns.
As a junior, he averaged 23.9ppg and 10.3rpg on the way to Heritage League MVP honors. A year later, he led the Eagles to a league championship and repeated the MVP kudos after averaging 24.7ppg and 13.3rpg. He finished his prolific career with 2072 points.
On signing Doerbecker, Martin commented, "Britton is a big wing who we believe has a chance to be a very good player in the GSAC. He has all the skills you want in a big guard. He handles it, shoots it, and really defends and rebounds. We look forward to his development as a player and think he is a great fit for The Master's College."