Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State will receive a big infusion of Division I Men's Basketball experience, as Nick Faust, Eric McKnight, and Roschon Prince will all join LBSU starting with the 2014-15 season. The trio combined to average 20.5 points per game last season at Maryland, USC and Florida Gulf Coast respectively.
Eric McKnight will be eligible immediately for the Beach as a fifth-year graduate transfer. The 6-9, 210 pound forward played sparingly in his freshman season at Iowa State before transferring to Florida Gulf Coast, where the Raleigh native earned a starting role.
"Eric gives us excellent experience at the center position, something we were lacking after the graduation of Dan Jennings," said head coach Dan Monson. "He's had the experience of starting for a team that reached the Sweet 16, and that will be valuable for this team."
A major part of the Eagles' "Dunk City" run to the Sweet 16 in 2013, McKnight started 34 games while averaging 6.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, as well as over a block per contest. In his final season at Florida Gulf Coast, McKnight improved his numbers to 6.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while starting the final 21 games of the year.
Including McKnight, Long Beach State now has seven seniors on the 2014-15 roster, which makes the added depth of Faust and Prince very important after they finish their mandated redshirt year per NCAA regulations.
Nick Faust, a Baltimore native, played for three seasons at Maryland, making 66 starts over the last two seasons and averaging 9.4 points per game in each of those seasons at guard. The 6-6, 205 pound senior was third on the Terrapins in scoring as a sophomore, helping Maryland reach the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden, as well as an All-ACC Freshman team selection.
Finally, Long Beach State will welcome home Roschon Prince, who starred as a prep at Long Beach Poly High School before spending one season with USC, where he averaged 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds.
With the Jackrabbits, Prince was the 2013 Gatorade California Player of the Year, averaging 20.3 points, 7.2 rbounds and 2.3 assists per game as a senior, and was rated as a Top 100 prospect in the nation, as well as the No. 17 small forward.
"Roschon and Nick are two athletic wings that will give us experience at the wing positon after the graduation of Tyler Lamb, A.J. Spencer, and McKay LaSalle, who are all seniors this season," said Monson. "They will both really solidify our backcourt for the future."
Long Beach State will also welcome in another freshman for the 2014-15 roster in Alex Rifkind of Boca Raton, Fla. The 6-1 guard was a starter for North Broward Prep, and was an honorable mention all-county selection, rounding out the 18-member 2014-15 roster for the Beach.
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