Two Guards Sign Letters of Intent to Play Basketball at LB State
2010-11-11 · By Editor
Long Beach State men’s basketball coach Dan Monson announced on Wednesday the signing of two high school players to National Letters of Intent. Michael Caffey (Centennial HS/Corona, Calif.) and Shaquille Hunter (Villa Park HS/Villa Park, Calif.) will join the 49ers next fall after finishing their senior seasons.
“We feel like we got two really good players from two premier high school programs,” Monson said. “Shaquille is from an elite program and a good coach in Kevin Reynolds, while coach Josh Giles has done a tremendous job developing Michael into the type of point guard we want.”
“You want to recruit guys who want to be here and they both came to campus and within 48 hours of us offering they both accepted,” Monson added. “To me half of recruiting is getting the right fit and we felt they were perfect for us. When a player looks at a place like Long Beach and feels the same way it is a good match. They had a lot of options but they wanted to be here in this program, play for this coaching staff and with our players and that goes a long way toward building a program.”
Michael Caffey, Corona, Calif. (Centennial HS)
Named third-team Best in the West by the Long Beach Press Telegram … As a junior named first-team All-Big 8, as well as being named second-team All-CIF and second-team All-CIF Southern Section … Finished the season averaging 13.5 points, 7.3 assists, 3.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game, while making 45 percent of field goal attempts, 35 percent of 3-pointers and 73 percent of free throws … As a sophomore, named first-team All-Big 8 and honorable mention all-county … In two season as a starting point guard, recorded 11 games with double-digit points, including seven games with 20-plus points … Had career highs of 26 points against Loyola High School and 12 assists on four separate occasions … Enters senior season with nine career double-doubles and nearly had a quadruple-double against Lynwood in the second round of the CIF Playoffs when he finished with 19 points, 10 assists, nine steals and eight rebounds … Ranked by most recruiting publications as one of the three top point guards in the state of California and one of the top 15 point guards in the country, while also being ranked by ESPN.com as one of the top 100 seniors.
Coach Monson says: “We are really excited about Mike because point guard is the quarterback of your program and with Casper Ware being a senior next year it gives him one year to learn the system before he has to take over. We feel he is very much in the same mode as Casper. He’s got another gear that a lot of players don’t have, he’s very competitive and he knows how to win. He is from a great high school program and we think he fits how we want to play and is the kind of competitor and the kind of person that we want.”
Shaquille Hunter, Villa Park, Calif. (Villa Park HS)
Named third-team Best in the West by the Long Beach Press Telegram … As a junior averaged 17.5 points per game … Scored 20-plus points nine times, including a season-high 28 points against Peninsula in the playoffs … Scored 26 points vs. La Habra, 25 points vs. University, 24 points against El Dorado, 23 points against San Juan Hills and Roland, and 21 points vs. Tustin and against San Dimas in the season opener … Scored in double figures in 23 of Villa Park’s 26 games.
Coach Monson says: “Shaquille is one of the more skilled off guards in Southern California. We think he can really shoot the ball and he can score in multiple ways. He is the kind of student and the kind of person that we want in our program. We really like his versatility, he is strong, he has a good perimeter jump shot but he can also take people off the dribble and finish at the rim.”