College of Idaho men’s basketball coach Colby Blaine has announced the signing of six student-athletes to Cascade Conference Letters of Intent for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
The group includes four incoming freshman and two junior college transfers, with five of the players set to bolster the Yotes at guard along with the addition of a 6-foot-11 post.
“I am extremely proud of our staff for their hard work and diligence to put together a fantastic recruiting class,” Blaine said. “We have replaced some amazing seniors with a group of very talented and high character student-athletes. When evaluating potential Yotes, we focused on the total package. We feel very strongly in the six young men that will join our family this fall.”
Prolific scorer and defender Ricardo Time heads to the Treasure Valley after a huge sophomore season at West Hills Community College. The 6-1 guard from Florida ranked fourth in the California junior college ranks in scoring, averaging 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game – earning All-Central Valley Conference honors and was named to the CVC All-Defensive Team.
Transfer Otto Taylor will look to fill the Coyotes void in the two-guard position. The San Diego native and Riverside Community College product averaged 14 points a game as a sophomore, making 43 percent of his 3-point attempts and 86-percent of his free throws — setting a school record with nine made 3-pointers in a game.
Of the true freshmen, Charles Elzie III looks to make an immediate impact. The guard, from Bellarmine Prep High in Tacoma, Washington, averaged 19 points a game as a senior, earning 4A All-South Puget Sound League honors, while also playing in the Seattle Select High Academic AAU program.
The Yotes add much needed size to their roster with 6-11 post Paul Wilson. The 4A state champion from Idaho Falls High earned All-State honors as a senior, averaging 10 points, six rebounds and nearly three blocked shots per game and was named the 4A Defensive Player of the Year.
Guard DeShun Harwell looks to be a two-sport athlete for the Yotes. He will compete in the fall for the C of I football team before transitioning to the hardwood. The guard averaged 13 points per game as a senior, leading Century High of Pocatello to a third-place finish at the 4A state tournament.
Closing out the class is Eagle High product Connor Cooper, who heads to C of I out of the Select AAU program. The guard ranked among the Top-10 in the Southern Idaho Conference in both assists and steals as a senior, helping his team to the 5A state tournament.
Coming off a 31-6 season and a second-straight trip to the NAIA Division II national semifinals, the Yotes will return three starters — first-team All-American Talon Pinckney, All-CCC forward Nate Bruneel, forward Jake Bruner — with 13 of the 17 players on the roster hailing from Idaho.
HAWKS TOP TRI-CITY: Boise used an eight-run first inning and then had to hold off the visiting Dust Devils on Friday for a 14-12 decision in a Northwest League game.
Boise (12-10), which won for a third straight game, had five straight singles in the bottom of the first. The outburst was highlighted by a two-run single by Daniel Cope.
In the third, Trevor Boone extended Boise’s lead to 11-3 with a two-run single.
Vladimir Dilone and Isaac Collins each had three hits for Boise and five players had two apiece as the Hawks finished with 16.
The Hawks took a 14-7 lead into the ninth before Reinaldo Ilarraz hit a grand slam for Tri-City.
Boise and Tri-City (10-12) concluded a three-game series tonight. The Hawks then travel for a three-game set at Hillsboro.