The Seward County Community College men’s basketball program has signed nine freshmen for the 2006-2007 basketball season. Saints head coach, Dave Brown, enters his 11th year with the Saints and will be joined by first year assistant coach, Aaron Kallhoff, who came to SCCC after three seasons as the assistant coach at Allen County Community College. Brown and Kallhoff will work with five returning sophomores, one red-shirt freshman and nine newcomers in the 06-07 campaign. Brown and the Saints are coming off a 21-10 season in 2005-2006, where they received a No. 3 NJCAA Top 20 ranking earlier in the season.

This year’s recruiting class includes five guards and four post players. The Saints return five players, with two returning starters (Theron Wilson and Michael Tyree). Last season the Saints lost five sophomores, four of whom transferred to NCAA Division I programs.

Brown feels his incoming class of recruits will blend well with the group of returning players for a competitive mix of athletic players with strong basketball ability.

“I think that out-of-state, we brought in some big kids who can play around the basket, and we brought in some kids who can step out and play,” said Brown. “In-state wise, we have some kids who can play different positions and we also have some guards who will step in and help this team compete.”

Jeremiah Brown 6-3 205 lbs. Guard Lakin, KS

Brown was a four-year varsity letterman at Lakin H.S. He missed his senior year due to a leg injury. As a junior, Brown averaged 16 points eight rebounds and three assists per game. Before his senior season, Brown was named a “Top High School Player to Watch” by the Hutchison News. Brown was a two-time unanimous First Team High Plains All-Conference selection.

- Coach Brown on Brown: “He is a left handed player who had a really good junior season before breaking his leg during football his senior year. With the way he can shoot the ball he will bring a lot to this year’s team.”

Kyler Brown 5-8 145 lbs. Guard Coffeyville, KS

Brown was a three-year varsity player at Field Kindley Memorial H.S. As a senior, Brown averaged 13 points, 5.8 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.5 rebounds per game. He was a two-time Southeast Kansas All-Conference selection. Brown was also named All-Area after his junior and senior year.

- Coach Brown on Brown: “He has good ball handling skills. He had a great high school career at Coffeyville where he averaged 14 points and started for three years. He will be asked to take care of the basketball, and move it to the people who are open and also knock down the open shot.”

Bryson Hampton 6-8 215 lbs. Forward Portland, OR

Hampton was a three-year varsity standout at Benson H.S. Hampton averaged 12 points, eight rebounds, 3.5 assists, three blocks and two steals per game his senior season. In 2006, Hampton was an All-State selection and was named All-Conference. He helped lead his team to a 26-7 record and a fourth place finish at the state tournament.

- Coach Brown on Hampton: “Bryson is a kid who can play inside and has nice moves. He will also step outside and shoot at 15-16 feet. We are looking for him to rebound the ball and play physical inside.”

Darko Cohadarevic 6-9 225 lbs. Forward/Center Belgrade, Serbia

Cohadarevic has spent the last four years playing for the Radivoj Korac Junior Basketball Club and the Smederevo Basketball Club. Last season playing for Smederevo, Cohadarevic averaged 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. In his first two seasons, Cohadarevic averaged 17.5 points, 12 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.2 blocks per game.

- Coach Brown on Cohadarevic: “Darko is a very skilled player and has great instincts. Getting Darko stronger and accustomed to the states game will be important and he will be a fun player to watch.”

Josh Wilcox 5-11 150 lbs. Guard Holcomb, Kansas

Wilcox was a three-year varsity starter at Holcomb H.S. As a senior, Wilcox averaged nine points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals per game. He was an Honorable Mention All-Conference and All-State selection in 2006. Wilcox led Holcomb H.S. to a regular season and post season tournament championship.

- Coach Brown on Wilcox: “Josh had a good high school career at Holcomb starting the last three years. He has some good instincts, he will be asked to take care of the basketball, play good defense and get the ball to the open man.”

Nick Burns 6-1 185lbs. Guard Portland, Oregon

Burns was a four-year varsity player at Benson H.S. He averaged 12 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals per game his senior season. Burns earned Second Team All-Conference last season. He was also a two-time All-Conference selection in football. His father, Terence, played football at Portland State University.

- Coach Brown on Burns: “Nick is a combo guard who can play at the one or the two. Nick has a good shooting range, he also handles the ball well and is a good size guard who will become a more physical player.”

Mark Bultman 6-6 195 lbs. Forward Ulysses, Kansas

Bultman was a four-year varsity standout at Ulysses H.S. He averaged 16 points, nine rebounds, 2.5 blocks and one steal per game his senior season. As a senior, Bultman was named First Team Mid State All League, First Team All-Area and Second Team Topeka Capitol All-State. Bultman was an All-Conference football player at Ulysses and led his team to a 4A State Runner-Up finish in 2005.

- Coach Brown on Bultman: “Mark is a really hard worker who can play inside and out. He has a great work ethic and will really contribute to making this team better.”

Mat Hardiman 6-3 200 lbs. Guard Lara, Victoria, Australia

Hardiman was a basketball standout at Geelong H.S. He averaged 31 points, nine rebounds, and four assists per game his senior year. Following his senior season, Hardiman was selected to play on the U18 Victorian All-State Team. Hardiman also spent four years playing Australian Rules football.

- Coach Brown on Hardiman: “He comes in with great upper body strength. He knows how to compete, and is very mature. I think he can step out and shoot and also with his strength and being left handed can play inside.”

Ervin Williams 6-8 205 lbs. Forward Orange, N.J.

Williams was a three-year varsity player at Orange H.S. In 2005-2006, Williams averaged 19 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and two steals per game. He was named First Team All-District, First Team All-Conference and First Team All-State following his senior season. Williams also averaged a double/double (15 points/11 rebounds) during his junior season.

-Coach Brown on Williams: “Ervin is a post man that has nice skills around the basket and can score with either hand on jump hooks. He can run the floor and we’re looking for him to rebound the ball and block some shots.”