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Dylan Tucker, a senior from Lewis-Palmer High School in Monument, CO, represents the third newcomer from the Rocky Mountain state in this year's Spartan basketball class. Tucker, who has played on AAU teams with fellow Southwestern signee Nick Lenhard, has plenty of high school success on his resume. Boasting a 58-4 combined high school record, Tucker competed on three league championship teams, as well as two state championship squads. Tucker was an all-conference performer in his senior season, and will fill a vital role for the Spartans during their upcoming campaign.
"I have every confidence that Dylan will be a new guy who picks things up quickly," Head Coach Mike Holmes said. "We seemed to talk a lot of the same language during the recruiting process, and that goes farther here than in most programs. With 10 new faces, we have to have guys like Dylan do what I think they are capable of doing."
Elliott Hamdeed, a transfer sophomore from Otero Community College in Colorado, will play his sophomore season for the Spartans next year. Hamdeed, who originally played his high-school basketball for Pine Creek in Colorado Springs, has had a distinguished career. He holds the record at Pine Creek for points in a single game (39). During his freshman year at Otero, his team finished the year at 30-6, advancing to the Elite 8 of the Division I NJCAA National Tournament. Head Coach Mike Holmes was attracted to Hamdeed's toughness and college experience. "We have ten incoming freshmen next year," Holmes said, "Elliott gives us a player with college experience who understands the level of competitiveness necessary at this level to be successful. I hope he can work with our returners to help the freshmen make transitions."
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.