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South Puget Sound men’s basketball sends four to four-year programs

By Lauren Smith

South Puget Sound Community College men's basketball — coming off its best finish in program history — will send four on to play at four-year universities next season.

Sophomores Deiondre Bird (California State University, East Bay), Topher Burian (Pacific University in Oregon), Dustin Meade (The Evergreen State College) and Tyler Watts (Linfield College) have each signed on to play for four-year programs after graduating this spring.

"The best and the worst thing is you get to see these guys sign letters of intent — they're all going on scholarship, which is great," SPSCC coach Aaron Landon said. "But, then you get home and have an anxiety attack because they won't be in the lineup anymore."

The Clippers finished 22-7 this season, and advanced to the Northwest Athletic Conference regionals. They will graduate all five sophomores on their roster.

"I think you get a lot more experience than you would at a four-year," Bird said. "If you were to go up as a freshman you might sit on the bench a whole bunch or just practice with the guys."

"The more years you play, the better you get," Watts said.

SPSCC led the NWAC's West region shooting 47 percent from the floor this season (41 percent from 3-point range).

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