Nov. 14, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State basketball and head coach Dan Monson have announced that Justin Bibbins, Jack Williams, and Temidayo Yussuf have signed National Letters of Intent to enroll at Long Beach State and compete during the 2014-15 season.
The 49ers will add three freshmen as Long Beach State returns to the High School ranks to grow the program.
"I am excited to build again around quality freshman who will impact the program and put their own mark on it the next four years," said Monson. "All three came from private high schools in California that have a track record of producing winners on and off the court. They are all high character, motivated students that are coupled with being very good basketball players - a coach's dream. We look forward to all three creating their own legacy at The Beach."
Justin Bibbins is a 5-8 point guard with a strong upside. The on-court leader of a Bishop Montgomery squad that posted a 32-2 record last season. Bibbins is a gifted offensive player that averaged 22.3 points per game and 5.4 assists in the regional playoffs last season, and earned first-team all-league and all-area honors, and was a CalHiSports second-team All-State selection.
"Justin gives us a young point guard for the future as well as a great compliment for Mike Caffey next year," said Monson. "Defensively, he is a very good on ball defender. Offensively, he knows how to run his team, make open shots, penetrate, set up teammates, and most importantly win - A pretty good combination."
The 49ers also added a pair of forwards in the class. 6-8 Jack Williams has spent three years on the varsity at Chaminade Prep, helping lead the Eagles to a 27-8 record as a junior, where he averaged a double-double on the season. One of the best rebounders in the country, Williams holds Chaminade's school record with 27 rebounds in one game, and was the 7th best rebounder in California last season, and ranked as the 16th best in the country.
Projected as a face-up power forward at the collegiate level, Williams averaged an identical 16.4 points and rebounds per game last season as a junior. Those totals helped Williams earn first-team All-CIF honors as well as first-team all-league honors last season.
"I just love Jack's motor," noted Monson. "He plays hard every play and goes after every rebound. He is a four man who can stretch the defense with his outside jump shot and his versatility will be invaluable."
Finally, Long Beach State welcomes in 6-8 forward Temidayo Yussuf out of St. Joseph-Notre Dame High School in Alameda, Calif. A big, mobile forward, Yussuf is a natural back to the basket scorer and was a MaxPreps Division 5 first-team selection. Yussuf was chosen to represent team Pan Africa in the Washington D.C. Global Games, and was dominant in St. Joseph's Division 5 CIF tournament run last season, including scoring 20 points and grabbing 19 rebounds in the championship game.
"Temidayo is a versatile big man who can play on the low block or face up and hit a 15-footer," commented Monson. "He has a good feel for the game for a big man, and helps his team win in a variety of ways. His best basketball is ahead of him."
The trio will join a 49er squad that will be anchored by a strong senior class led by guard Mike Caffey for the 2014-15 season.
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