TACOMA, Washington – With the benefit of a full year of recruiting for Puget Sound, men's basketball head coach Aubrey Shelton delivered in a big way. After leading the Loggers to the 2019 Northwest Conference Tournament in his first year as Puget Sound's head coach, Shelton welcomes 11 new Loggers to the program.
Olympia, Wash. / Capital
Achievements: 2019 Defensive MVP South Sound Conference and First Team All-SSC… Two-time First Team All-Area (The Olympian)… Two-time SSC Champion… Four-year starting quarterback for football team… Academic All American… Honors Society… Student Representative on Olympia School Board.
Coach Shelton: "Grant is a tough, hard-nosed, defensive minded leader who knows how to win. A major factor in leading Capital to state the past couple of seasons, Grant and his 6-6 frame should be able to make a positive difference with the Loggers instantly."
Manhattan Beach, Calif. / Bishop Montgomery
Achievements: State Champion 2017… Three-time Del Rey League Champion… First Team All Del Rey League… Second Team All-CIF Open Division… Second Team All Area… All-CIF All Star… CIF Open Division Champion 2017.
Coach Shelton: "Nick is a high motor, 6-6 versatile wing/forward. He was a bigtime impact player for one of the best teams in California (and the nation) the past three years, showing the ability to defend and score against high level talent. Nick's upside as a Logger is incredibly high and we expect him to make an impact right away."
Stayton, Ore. / Stayton
Achievements: Third-place state finish OSHAA 2019… Two-time First Team Oregon West Conference… Three-time team captain… Second Team All-State Tournament… Honorable Mention All-State 2019… Stayton Defensive Player of the year.
Coach Shelton: "Riley is a versatile 6-7 wing/forward who will bring leadership, defense, and a winning mentality to the Loggers. Expect him to be able to contribute in multiple ways on both ends of the court immediately."
Thousand Oaks, Calif. / Westlake
Achievements: 2019 Westlake Offensive Player of the Year… Ventura County First Team All-Academic… Valley All-Star… Clash of the Coast All-Tournament Team… All-County Scholar Athlete.
Coach Shelton: "Bryce is a 6-2 shooting guard who is highly competitive on the court and in the classroom. He is very interested in being a writer someday, and he already has a wealth of experience in the movie business."
Burbank, Calif. / Village Christian
Achievements: 2018 Burbank High School Defensive Player of the Year… 2018 All-Pacific League Honorable Mention… National High School Honor Society… California Scholarship Federation Member.
Coach Shelton: "Justin is a 6-3 shooting guard and lock-down defender. An excellent student as well, he has been accepted into the university's Business Leadership Program."
Lynden, Wash. / Lynden
Achievements: 2018 and 2019 2A State Champion… All Conference Jr. and Sr. year… 2019 District Champions, 2018 and 2019 Lynden High School Defensive Player of the Year… Four-year varsity letter winner… Accomplished football player as well - school record holder for interceptions… All-league defensive back and wide receiver… led the league in touchdowns and yards per catch… Second-place finish in state football 2018.
Coach Shelton: "Kobe is an absolute winner. As tough as they come he is the ultimate teammate and 'floor general' of a point guard. His defense, leadership, and ability to make winning plays will be huge assets to the Logger program for the next four years."
Vashon Island, Wash. / O'Dea
Achievements: Starter for the 2019 3A State Champion Fighting Irish… 2018 District Champions. Honors student.
Coach Shelton: "John is a versatile and athletic 6-4 wing who can do it all on the hardwood. Very skilled on both ends and coming off an impressive state championship run, John has played with and against some of the best players in the nation. His experience and very high potential will make him a top freshman to watch this upcoming season."
Tyrese Yussuf Willis
Burbank, Calif. / El Camino Real Charter School
Achievements: 2018 Burbank High School MVP… 2018 First Team All-Pacific League… 2018 Hart Tournament All-Tournament Team… 2019 Second Team All-City L.A.
Coach Shelton: "Tyrese is a straight-up warrior. He is a lightening quick point guard who can score and facilitate, yet it's his competitive spirit and ability to defend multiple positions that really makes him special as a basketball player. Logger fans are going to love watching Tyrese compete."
Paul McCann Ramirez
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico / Aspire Basketball Academy, Saint Xavier, KY
Achievements: Varsity basketball two years in Mexico and one in Kentucky… played for Jalisco state select team… won a debate tournament… did a physical therapy internship this past year.
Coach Shelton: "Paul is an intriguing 6-7 prospect. He's a terrific teammate who has overcome numerous injuries and is now healthy and capable of stretching defenses with his shooting ability. New to the west coast, Paul is very excited to be a part of Logger Nation."
Manhattan Beach, Calif. / Mira Costa
Achievements: Coaches Award Winner 2018 and 2019… Scholar Athlete 2018 and 2019… Two-time MVP OC Hoops.
Coach Shelton: "Carson is a 5-11 shooting guard who is strong, athletic, and plays with heart. A great teammate and leader, Carson will make the Loggers a better team right away."
Tacoma, Wash. / Mount Tahoma
Achievements: Team captain Jr. and Sr. year… Second team All-PCL… led league in steals at 4.5 per game… ACCESS Scholar.
Coach Shelton: "We are very excited that Jourdan is coming to Puget Sound from here in Tacoma. Jourdan is a 6-1 combo guard who can shoot the lights out and has a great feel for the game. Logger fans can look forward to Jourdan wowing them for the next four years."