May 27, 2014
Santa Clarita, CA -- Building his first team as men's basketball coach at The Master's College, Ken Sugarman has added a key component with the signing of combo guard JP Webster.
Webster, who hails from Vallejo, California, is a real find after going under the radar following a torn meniscus that cut short his senior year (2012-13) at St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School. He played three years for the Bruins and Coach Derek Walker, averaging in double figures each of those seasons, including a breakout junior campaign when he went for 24ppg, six rebounds per game, and six assists per outing. That production earned him a spot on the Tri-Counties Athletic League postseason team.
He was on his way to similar honors a year later, averaging 18ppg, five rebounds per game, and five assists per game, before he was sidelined by the knee injury.
Fully healed and ready to contribute from the opening whistle this fall, Webster has ambitious goals that include winning a national championship for the Mustangs, earning All-GSAC honors, and chasing his father (Jason) on several of the program's Top 10 career lists.
Jason Webster is one of the program's all-time greats, playing from 1988-92 and scoring 1,847 points, still good for No. 8 on the all-time list. He played alongside Sugarman during the 1989-90 campaign and met his future wife, Rebecca (Howard) at the college, before graduating in May of 1992.
On why he chose The Master's College, JP said it was "...because I feel that TMC is a great environment for me to grow spiritually, academically, and athletically. It is my desire to grow as a godly man and as a student-athlete. I am hoping to develop life-long relationships...and have a great collegiate experience that glorifies God."
With biological science (pre-med) as a major, Webster plans to pursue a career in medicine, specializing in orthopedics. In addition, he's thinking about his post-TMC days already, hoping for the opportunity to play professional baskeball.
Looking forward to coaching his former teammate's son, Sugarman said, "JP comes from an outstanding high school program and is a high-level talent. His strength and athleticism set him apart as a combo guard. He has shown me in a very short time that he has leadership qualities and an engaging personality that will help build our team unity.
God has used fighting through an injury to develop a toughness and perseverance in JP. He comes to The Master's as a highly-skilled competitor who desires to honor God with his athletic ability and I can't wait to see how God continues to grow him through his collegiate experience. Jason and Rebecca are dear friends and we are thrilled that JP is now part of the Mustang family."
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