Men's Basketball Signs Two In November Period
Joe Hampton, Demetrius Mims commit to the Beach.
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State Men's Basketball has signed two players to National Letters of Intent to play for the Beach starting in the 2018-19 season. Head Coach Dan Monson and his staff have received commitments from a pair of Maryland products, one out of high school and one junior college player.
"Nick Faust being from that Baltimore area really gives us an in there, some recognition that we're really trying to capitalize on," noted Monson.
Joe Hampton -- F, 6-8 -- Bowie, Md. (Pasadena City College)
Joe Hampton has taken a circuitous route to Division I basketball, but the 6-8 forward is set to join the Beach for the 2018-19 season. An ESPN Top 100 recruit for the 2016 class, Hampton committed to Penn State after being rated as high as the No. 1 recruit in the state of Maryland. Hampton enrolled for summer school and never played for the Nittany Lions while recovering from a knee injury, but did attend classes and as such will have to spend a year away from Division I at Pasadena City College. With the Lancers, Hampton is off to a hot start, averaging 23.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game after three games.
Hampton played two years at DeMatha Catholic High School before transferring to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia for his junior campaign. During that season, the team went 37-1, but he then missed his senior season with an ACL tear.
Monson on Hampton:
"Joe gives us something that we don't have, which is a power forward with a skill set that he can shoot the three, but also has a body where he can bang with anybody on the block. He's big and strong, and is a physical player with great skills. With Gabe [Levin] graduating, he fills a great void for our team."
Demetrius Mims -- G, 6-5 -- Baltimore, Md. (Polytechnic Institute High School)
Demetrius Mims is a 6-5 guard out of Baltimore, Maryland who is entering his senior season at Polytechnic Institute High School in Baltimore. Mims led the Engineers to the 3A state title last season as a junior, averaging 14.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, earning First-Team All-Metro Honors. A four-year starter at Poly, Mims is likely to reach 1,000 points in his career as a senior.
Mims is rated as the No. 11 player in the 2017 class in Maryland, and is one of the Top 50 at his position nationally per ESPN.
Monson on Mims:
"Demetrius is another big wing that can really defend in different ways. His versatility allows him to play in two or three different positions. With the graduation of Barry [Ogalue], Demetrius gives us another wing that can score and defend and I think he fits in well in that role."
Long Beach State begins the regular season this Friday, November 10, on the road at San Francisco, before returning home to play San Francisco State on Tuesday, November 14.
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