Head Coach Steve Dickerson and his coaching staff are proud to announce the commitment of four student-athletes who will be joining the men's basketball program for the 2012-13 season.
The 2012-2013 Pacific Lutheran University Men's Basketball recruiting class has satisfied all of the needs of a program on the rise. "Our top priorities were increasing our overall size and athleticism, and this class will go a long ways in doing those two things," said Head Coach Steve Dickerson.
The class is made up of Seth Anderson, a 6'7" wing from Post Falls High School, Post Falls, Idaho; Shane Jacob, a 6'3" combo guard from Seabury Hall High School, Maui, Hawaii; Bryce Miller,6'7" post/wing from Fife High School; and Erik Swartout, a 6'1" combo guard from Eatonville High School.
"These newcomers coupled with our returners will give us more size, depth, and athleticism than we have had. Our practices should be very competitive and demanding," commented Dickerson. "Each member of this recruiting class fits our 'big three'- they have great character, tremendous academic work ethic, and they can each greatly contribute to our basketball program."
Anderson, who carries a 3.7 gpa, helped lead his Post Falls High School team to the final game of the Idaho State Championship. Coach Dickerson has tabbed Anderson as a player with tremendous upside. "Seth has great length and athletic ability. His toughness is unquestioned and he has tremendous defensive instincts. Offensively, he is a constant threat to get to the rim from the wing. He will put pressure on our opponents defensively and offensively."
Jacob, a PLU Presidential Scholar and an all-state selection, led his Seabury Hall team to the Hawaii State Championship Final Four. "Shane is a winner. He has great intensity at both ends of the floor and will be an outstanding perimeter defender. His skill set will allow him to play both the point and two guard positions. In 2011 Shane helped lead his volleyball team to a second place finish at the state championship," commented Dickerson.
Miller, a 3.7 National Honor society student, was an All-Nisqually League first team choice as he led his Fife High School team in scoring and rebounding. "Bryce is a real blue collar competitor whose motor never stops," noted Dickerson. "His tremendous size will allow him to be an excellent rebounder and defender. Offensively, he will give us an inside, outside presence which will be a difficult match up for our opponent. He will make everyone around him better."
Swartout, a 3.8 National Honor Society student, was an All-Nisqually League choice in basketball as well as track and tennis. "Eric is a tremendous competitor and a great athlete. His toughness allows him to do what needs to be done for his team to be successful. He has the ability to play and defend multiple positions. Being a coaches' son contributes to his high basketball I.Q. and his understanding of the game".