The Long Beach State men’s basketball program had a lot of spots to fill this offseason, and they topped off this recruiting class on Tuesday with the signing of guards Chance Hunter and Shaden Knight.
Hunter and Knight join high schoolers Rodney Rhoden, Justin Rene, Max De Geest, Romelle Mansel and Joshua Morgan as well as junior college transfer Trever Irish and former Washington guard Michael Carter III as the newest members of the Beach.
Hunter (6’6” 200lbs) played at Cerritos College last season after growing up in Inglewood. He averaged 13.8 points and 7.5 rebounds at Cerritos, and earned first-team All-South Coast Conference South Division Honors. Hunter will have sophomore eligibility.
“Chance can play multiple positions and his versatility on both ends of the court will be a welcome addition,” LBSU coach Dan Monson said in an official release. “He plays with a great motor, and the experience he gained at Cerritos College should help him be ready to step in and contribute immediately.”
Knight (5’10” 150lbs) led Rancho Cucamonga High to the CIF State Division 2 semifinals last season while averaging 21.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists. He earned multiple postseason awards including the All-CIF team nod.
“Shaden gives us a true point guard in this deep recruiting class,” Monson said. “His speed and quickness will give us an opportunity for a great change of pace. Defensively, he’s a player who can pick the ball up and control the point of attack for 94 feet. Shaden brings a winning mentality with toughness and plays with a chip on his shoulder. We welcome that in our program.”
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