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Nikola Drobjnak, a 6'8" center from the republic of Serbia, has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Spartans for the upcoming school year. Drobjnak played for BC Zitko Basket in Serbia during his high school years. Head Coach Mike Holmes liked Drobjnak for his shooting touch and length. "Nikola is from our center mold," Holmes said. "He has shooting range, a good understanding of spacing on offense, and seems like an individual who will work hard at learning our systems." Drobjnak’s Zitko team played in the National Junior League of Serbia, and qualified for the National Playoffs.
The Southwestern men’s basketball team continued their nation-wide recruiting efforts by signing guard Richard Desvarieux from McArthur High School in Coconut Creek, Florida. Desvarieux anchored a squad that won its district championship for the first time in 80 years at McArthur this past season. Desvarieux is a heady workhorse of a player who will be a nice fit in the Spartan’s attack. Part of the skills that helped Desvarieux be named to the Brevard County All-Star Team are his ability to defend, rebound from the guard position, and finish around the basket. He will be a key member to a large recruiting class for the Spartans this season.
Head Coach Mike Holmes never expected Colorado to be a rich source of Southwestern players, but things have developed in that direction. Nick Lenhard, a senior from Falcon High School in Falcon, CO, which is a suburb of Colorado Springs, signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Spartans next season, making him the third Colorado player in three years for Southwestern.
Lenhard is a cerebral guard with a good three-point stroke. Holmes likes his energy and understanding. “Point guards are like catchers in baseball,” Holmes said. “They need to have a more heightened understanding of why things are occurring for everyone else to be successful. I saw in Nick a player who will be able to translate bench decisions and adjustments to his teammates on the floor. He is ideal for our systems.”
Tanner Kellogg, a 6'2" forward from Albia, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Southwestern next season. Kellogg brings a solid three-point stroke to the Spartans, connecting on 40 percent of his attempts as a senior in high school. Other variables, however, were what caught the eye of Spartan Head Coach Mike Holmes. Holmes said, “In our system, we look for guys who can do the important things without a ton of recognition. Tanner has an understanding of screening that most players coming out of high school do not, he has a grasp already on our defensive basics, and his motor never stops.”