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Brendan Rockwell (pictured in center), a senior at Millard South High School in suburban Omaha, has signed a National Letter of Intent with Southwestern men's basketball. Rockwell, a 6'7" post, will bring additional rebounding and post presence to the Spartan's interior game next season. Head Coach Mike Holmes indicated that Rockwell really sold himself during his visit to campus. "I expected an adequate post player after seeing Brendan on film," Holmes said, "but when I met him and saw him play live, I concluded that he was twice the player I thought he was."
Rockwell brings a soft touch around the rim to the systems, as well as strength underneath. Holmes feels the team has now addressed major rebounding concerns heading into the 2014-15 campaign with the additions of Rockwell and 6'6" power man Kris Goettert. They will join Mataika Koyamainavure and Nikola Drobnjak in the post rotations next season.
Brenen Roebuck, a high-energy guard from Ralston, NE, signed a National Letter of Intent with Southwestern yesterday. Roebuck caught the eye of head coach Mike Holmes with his understanding of the game, especially on the defensive end of the floor, and his consistent hustle. Roebuck is a guard who can get to the basket, handle the ball, and hit the outside shot on occasion. Despite several verbal commitments, Roebuck is the first official signing for the Spartans. He will join eight incoming freshmen in this year’s recruiting class.
Kris Goettert, a 6'6" post from McArthur High School in Florida, known for energy and rebounds, has given a verbal commitment to the Southwestern Men’s Basketball program. Goettert, who has only been playing organized for three years, is still hitting his potential, but already brings a rebounding presence to the rotation for 2014-15. Goettert was selected for the Dade-Brevard County All-Star game, and was a member of a district champion this year at McArthur High School. Goettert plans to study physical therapy in college, and chose Southwestern because he feels it is different and fits his skill set well.
Head Coach Mike Holmes said, “Kris continues our recruiting theme this year of pursuing guys who have a motor that won’t quit and who are competitive. I was really impressed when I watched him that he never stops competing for rebounds and loose balls. He also has a nice touch around the rim and can do things with both hands.”
Taranveer Gill (pictured in red), a 6'3" perimeter player from Toronto, Canada, has made a verbal commitment to be a part of the Southwestern Men’s Basketball program for 2014-15. Gill will bring a wealth of experience to the Spartans from his basketball exploits north of the border. Last fall, Gill competed in the Up to the Time Basketball League, netting Rookie of the Year honors as well as being named a second-team all star. He also received an invitation to compete in a junior national tournament held in Michigan. Gill choose Southwestern because of its feel. He said, “I feel like this is a great community that embraces and welcomes everybody in.”
Head Coach Mike Holmes said, “To get back to where we were a year ago, we need some impact guys who will bring some energy to the floor and have some skills not only to learn our system, but to be able to make plays out of it. I think Taranveer will be very well suited to what we do.”
Gill plans to study in the college transfer program and earn his Associate of Arts degree.