Green River's Brok Pendleton inks with St. Martin's University Basketball
Lacey, WA – Saint Martin’s University men’s basketball head coach Keith Cooper has announced the signing of three new recruits to play for the Saints next year, including transfer Brok Pendleton and freshmen Michael Russo and Alex Williams.
“With 5 returning starters and 9 returning players this year’s recruiting class was about specific fits and needs. I feel very good about the players we signed and how they fill our needs. Not only did we replace our two graduating seniors, Dane Henze and Charlie Severs, but we also added good young players who have very bright futures as they develop,” said Cooper.
Pendleton is a 6’7” transfer from Green River Community College where he was a second-team all-West Region NWAACC player. At Green River Pendleton averaged 13 points and 6 rebounds per game, helping lead them the NWAACC Tournament. He graduated from Auburn High School in 2005 where he was a second-team all-Conference selection, team captain and team MVP. He then played one season at Green River, followed by a two year Mormon mission, and then came back and played at Green River again this season.
“Myself, Coach Barfoot and our players really liked Brok when we brought him in for a visit. He plays hard, he rebounds it well, can shoot it and he is very active,” said Cooper. “His maturity both on and off the floor is a great asset, especially with such a young team as ours (only 5 upperclassmen). In terms of fit he is exactly what we were looking for.”
Russo is a 6’5” wing from Eastlake High School in Sammamish, WA. Russo averaged 21 points and 9 rebounds per game in leading Eastlake to the 4A State Tournament. He was KingCo Conference MVP, second-team all-State Tournament and represented Washington in the Washington vs. Oregon game. As a junior at Eastlake he was also a first-team all-League selection after averaging 16 points and 9 rebounds a game.
“Michael had a great career at Eastlake and a tremendous senior season. He can really shoot the ball and his range will greatly help to open up our inside game. He plays with a high basketball IQ, has a scorer’s mentality and is a very competitive, a great fit for our program,” said Cooper.
Williams is a 6’7” post player from Capital High School. Williams averaged 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocked shots per game. He was 3A WCC League MVP, set school records for single game and season blocked shots and was a member of the WIBCA 3A All State Team.
“Alex had a great senior season after sitting out his junior year with an injury. He has great timing and shot blocking skills and is a very active post player. He has greatly improved and has a big upside, as he gains strength and plays against our big guys every day, I am very excited to watch his development as a Saint. Alex, like Brok and Michael not only led their teams to post season play but they also all 3 played for good coaches in winning programs,” added Cooper.
In addition to the three signings the Saints also added two first-team all-League players as invited walk-ons. Garrett Stoney a high scoring guard from Elma High School and Brad Norman a forward from Eatonville High School.
The Saints finished 14-13 last year and 22-8 in 2008-2010, the first back to back winning seasons at SMU since 1992.