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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.
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.”