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Clark sophomores Owens, Bragg & Swanson are headed to Div II men's basketball programs

Vulcans add first recruit in guard Owens

By BILL O’REAR - Tribune-Herald sports editor

Multitalented point guard Derek Owens has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Hawaii at Hilo during the 2012-13 season.

Veteran Vulcans coach Jeff Law announced Wednesday that Owens was his first signed recruit this offseason. He also said he has two more verbal commitments and hopes to sign an additional player or two with size in the next month to round out his recruiting.

Owens, a 6-foot-3 junior-to-be from Tempe, Ariz., played at Clark Community College in Vancouver, Wash., this past year and led the Penguins to an outstanding 25-4 record, including a 15-1 mark in winning the Northwest Athletic Association of Community College’s West Division title.

Owens averaged 10.7 points, 4.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game to anchor the Penguins’ backcourt. He shot 44 percent from the field, 46 percent (38 of 82) on 3-pointers, 79 percent (91 of 115) from the free-throw line and dished out a team-high 134 assists for coach Mike Arnold’s West champions. Read More

Clark CC transfer Bragg chooses WWU

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Austin Bragg, who averaged 15.0 points and 10.2 rebounds as a sophomore forward in helping Clark Community College in Vancouver to a 25-4 record, has signed a national letter of intent to play men's basketball at Western Washington University beginning this fall. Making that announcement was Viking head coach Brad Jackson.

The 6-foot-8 Bragg was a first-team Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Western Region all-star and all-defensive team pick last season on a Clark squad that reached the second round of the NWAACC Tournament. His rebound average ranked fifth among NWAACC leaders.

Bragg, who also averaged 1.5 blocked shots, had 13 double-doubles in points and rebounds with career highs of 37 points versus Olympic CC and 21 rebounds versus Yakima Valley CC in a NWAACC Tournament contest. He shot 55.4 percent (169-of-305) from the field, 33.3 percent (16-of-48) from three-point range and 70.1 percent (82-of-117) at the free throw line.

As a freshman at Clark, Bragg averaged 12.9 points and 7.8 rebounds. He spent the 2009-10 season as a redshirt at Washington State University.  Read More

Law adds guard

University of Hawaii at Hilo Basketball Coach Jeff Law announces the signing of 6-foot-3 guard Lucas Swanson to a National Letter of Intent.
“Lucas will remind the Vulcan faithful of Jacob Briggs,” said Law. “He is a strong and solid player who will never take off a single play. He moves well off the ball, defends well and shows he has the on floor IQ we are in need of.”
As a guard at Clark Community College in Vancouver, Wash., Swanson averaged 11.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game as the team finished 25-4, including a 15-1 mark in winning the Northwest Athletic Association of Community College's West Division title.
Swanson's teammate Derek Owens, a 6-3 guard, was an earlier signee for the Vulcans.
“They played together and we are hoping they bring the success they had at Clark here to Hilo,” said Law.

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