By Grace Vickers, Volunteer Assistant
Santa Clara men's basketball introduces four freshmen for the 2013-2014 season, Jared Brownridge, Emmanuel Ndumanya, Jarvis Pugh and Jalen Richard. The aforementioned four are also joined by Jerry Brown, a masters student who played three years of collegiate basketball at Fresno State and has chosen to use his last year of eligibility to play for Santa Clara.
The four newcomers, all of whom hail from different places than California, took a few minutes out of their busy summer schedule of summer classes and workouts to give us a preview of what is ahead.
Jared Brownridge, a standout 6-2 guard from Aurora, Ill., played basketball for Steve Weemer at Waubonsie Valley High School. Brownridge played in 29 games his senior year, hitting 72 threes and was 130-164 from the free throw line (averaged 21.2 ppg, 1.4 spg and 1.7 apg). He was named to All-Tournament Team at Palatine High School Thanksgiving Tournament and York High School Jack Tosh Christmas Tournament and was also named to the All Conference Team Upstate Eight Conference. Brownridge finished as school's all-time career 3pt made (203) and as the second-leading scorer (1608).
"We are extremely excited to add someone of Jared's caliber, but more important Jared's character. He is someone we targeted very early on and we are excited to add a player of high caliber that plays at such a high level," said Coach Keating.
Standing at 6-10, Emmanuel Ndumanya is a center who is originally from Anambra, Nigeria. Ndumanya played for head coach Dwan Hurt at Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif. During his career at Junipero Serra he averaged 8 ppg, 10 rpg and 5.6 bpg. He won the Coaches Award in 2012 and in 2013 was named the Defensive Player of the Year.
"We are happy to be adding Emmanuel to Santa Clara basketball family. Obviously he possess a great deal of size, but it's his willingness to learn and improve each and every day is really what is exciting. He has only played basketball for a short amount of time and his best basketball is ahead of him," said Coach Keating.
Jarvis Pugh, a native of Murphy, Texas, is regarded as one of the elite defenders in the Lone Star state. The 6-6 guard played for Plano East High School. During his senior season, Pugh led his team to a 26-4 record overall and a stellar 10-0 record in league play. The Plano East High basketball program was ranked 11th in the state of Texas proceeding the 2013 season.
"We are equally excited about Jarvis and his potential as a key player and as an integral figure in our Bronco family. Jarvis brings great athleticism and length as a big wing to our program. Jarvis had an outstanding summer under the direction of George Clay and his ProSkills program. He played his senior year under the newly hired Jeff Clarkston, who was in his first year with Plano East," said Coach Keating.
Jalen Richard, a 6-3 guard from Sun Tan Valley, Ariz., graduated from Poston Butte High School where he was was First Team All State twice, a 2nd team All State player once and a three-time First Team All-Region performer. Richard's senior year team was 23-6 and 9-1 in league play, where he averaged 22 ppg, 3 apg, 7 rpg, 3 spg and 1 bpg. His senior year was preceded by an equally as impressive junior year. Richard led his high school team to the state quarter-finals, posting 23 ppg, 6 rpg, 5 apg and 1 bpg.
"Jalen brings a tremendous passion for basketball and consistent improvement that will instantly be contagious for this class. He possesses an ability to impact the game in many ways and I expect him to do great things in his career here," said Coach Keating.
The future of Santa Clara men's basketball looks bright, especially with these young, driven athletes paving the way.