Nov. 15, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University men's basketball program announced the signing of two high school seniors to national letters of intent during the early signing period. Guard Jonathan Gunderson from Laguna Hills, Calif. and forward Cedric Latimer from Los Angeles, Calif. will be freshmen for the Broncos when the fall quarter begins next September.
"We think Jon and Cedric are both mature players who will have every chance to come in and play right away as freshmen next year," said SCU head coach Dick Davey. "They are both physically mature and have very good basketball instincts. We feel like we filled some of the needs we had as a program in the area of point guard and forward positions."
Gunderson, a 6-4 guard from Santa Margarita Catholic High School, averaged 10.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game as a junior for coach Jerry DeBusk. He also averaged 4.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game and shot 38 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Gunderson attended the same high school as current Bronco junior Brandon Rohe and led his team to consecutive Serra League titles and CIF-Southern Section Division III-AA championships as a sophomore and junior.
"Jon has earned some positive recognition as an all-state honoree and comes from a strong program at Santa Margarita," said Davey. "He is an excellent passer, a good ballhandler and can shoot it. He is adept at making the players around him more successful and he will give us some options in the backcourt next year."
Latimer, a 6-5 forward from Windward High School, averaged 20.8 points and 13.3 rebounds per game as a junior for coach Miguel Villegas. He shot 71 percent from the free throw line and averaged 2.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game and 2.3 blocked shots. Latimer played for Compton Magic in AAU and is listed as one of the top 10 small forwards on the West Coast by several recruiting services. He played on Finland's U-18 National Team that finished fifth in the world championships. Latimer averaged 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds and scored 22 points against Iceland and 21 against the Netherlands.
"Cedric is a physically mature player who is very athletic and can score on the inside and shoot it from the outside," said Davey. "He plays mostly in the interior for his high school team but will step out a bit in college. He has played against some really quality, mature competition as a member of the Finnish Junior National Team and had some success."