SAINT LEO, Fla. – New Saint Leo University men's basketball coach Lance Randall has officially announced his freshman class for the 2011-12 men's basketball season as Taylor Bassett, Cale Girten and Angel Gonzalez will be suiting up for the Green and Gold beginning in November.
"We are very excited about this freshman class," Coach Randall said. "They are all excellent students and we are looking forward to helping them develop as basketball players and as young men."
The three mark the first of a group of new Lions that will take to the hardwood beginning in November which will mark a new era in Saint Leo Men's Basketball. In total, Randall has added nearly 10 new faces in his first year.
6-3 | Fr. | Guard
Onondaga Central High School
Taylor Basset joins Saint Leo from Syracuse, NY where he was a standout performer for Onondaga Central High School. A two-year first team New York All-Star in 2010 and 2011, he was twice selected as an All-State player and was the Patriot Conference's Player of the Year in each of those seasons as well.
Averaging 18 points and seven rebounds per game as a guard, the native of New Haven, Conn. was also well represented for his performance in the classroom with an All-Academic Team selection in 2010. He comes to Saint Leo from a family involved in college athletics as his father, Matt Bassett, serves as the Athletic Director at LeMoyne University.
Coach Randall's Thoughts: "Taylor is a terrific all-around guard who can really score. A coach's son with a high basketball IQ, he had a great senior season and will bring leadership, energy and a gym rat mentality to this freshman class."
6-6 | Fr. | Forward
New Prague, Minn.
New Prague High School
Cale Girten comes to the Lions as a contributing member of the New Prague High School boy's basketball team in New Prague, Minn. The slender forward was a two-time captain on a team that finished as semi-finalists at the state playoffs in 2011. Named to the Missota All-Conference team his senior year, the Minnesota native played in 31 games his final year, averaging almost 13 points per game during that stretch.
Coach Randall's Thoughts: "Cale is as good as a high school defender as I saw last year. He is a 6'8" forward that can guard at least three positions well. He is a knock-down 3-point shooter who can drive it to the rim to score. He comes from an excellent program where he led them to the Minnesota state semi-finals in the large-school division."
5-9 | Fr. | Point Guard
Angel Gonzalez has added his name to the men's basketball roster as a semi-local star from Meadowbrook Academy in Ocala, Fla., just north of the Saint Leo campus. The 5'9" point guard was named the Florida Christian Athletic League's Player of the Year in 2011 and was a three-time All-County selection while at Meadowbrook Academy.
He averaged 20 points and four assists per game during his senior season as well as having ESPN Radio Player of the Week accolades in 2010.
Coach Randall's Thoughts: "Angel has been a prolific scoring guard throughout his high school career. He has a good first step and shoots off the dribble with great range. He is a very smart player and a tough competitor."
All three will begin their collegiate careers with the start of the fall semester at Saint Leo in late August.