Basketball Bears Add Two Juco Standouts
April 17, 2014
SPRINGFIELD - Missouri State men's basketball coach Paul Lusk announced today the addition of junior college transfers Camyn Boone (6-6, 235, F, Seattle, Wash., Mountain View High, Mesa Community College) and Loomis Gerring (6-5, 200, F, Grandview, Mo., Grandview High, Vincennes University) during the spring National Letter of Intent signing period.
"We are excited about both of these guys," said Lusk. "They come from winning programs and they both were vital parts of their teams' success. We can't wait to get them on campus."
Boone led Mesa (Ariz.) Community College with 16.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game this season while converting 62 percent of his shots and 70 percent of his free throws. He started all 31 games and helped lead coach Sam Ballard's Thunderbirds to a 26-5 overall record and a trip to the NJCAA Region I championship game.
He played his freshman season at upstart Grand Canyon University where he was part of a 23-8 campaign in 2012-13. He played in 27 games and finished second on the squad in blocked shots (13) while contributing 1.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 7.3 minutes per appearance. The Seattle native attended high school at Mountain View High in Mesa, Ariz., where he led coach Gary Ernst's Toros to a 21-8 season and state playoff appearance.
"Cam embraces physical play and does a great job of scoring and rebounding in traffic," said Lusk. "He also plays with great energy and toughness. He came close to getting his team to the national tournament this year where he played for Sam Ballard. Cam produced, and because of that Mesa had a very successful season."
Gerring led Vincennes (Ind.) University to a second straight NJCAA final four appearance and a 34-3 overall record in 2013-14. He paced coach Todd Franklin's Trailblazers in scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.8) en route to a national third-place finish while converting 49 percent of his shots and 78 percent of his free throws. He also tallied 21 3-pointers, 28 blocks and 24 steals in 37 contests.
As a freshman, Gerring was part of a Vincennes squad that finished fourth at the NJCAA Division I Tournament and racked up a 33-4 record. He played in 35 games with 9 starts, averaging 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds with 25 3-pointers, 24 assists and 15 steals. He is originally from the Kansas City area where he attended Grandview (Mo.) High School and helped coach Randy Farris' team to a 22-7 season while averaging 12.0 points and 9.4 rebounds as a prep senior.
"He's a proven winner, and Vincennes was 67-7 during his two seasons there with a pair of juco final four appearances," said Lusk. "He is a Kansas City guy who wants to be here and represent Missouri State. As a player, he's a hybrid who plays with great energy and toughness. He led his team in scoring and rebounding, and his coach Todd Franklin has had a ton of success preparing guys for the next level."
On Nov. 13, the first day of the early NLI signing period, Lusk added high school standouts Chris Kendrix (6-5, 185, G/F, Willard, Mo., Willard High) and Robin Thompson (6-6, 195, F, St. Louis, Mo., MICDS) to his third signing class.
Kendrix is a local product from Willard (Mo.) High who averaged 23.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game this season while making 79 percent of his free throws for coach Lamont Frazier. The Tigers were 21-7 and reached the Missouri Class 5 quarterfinals. The two-time consensus all-state selection posted 20.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals as a junior. He also was a starter and second-team all-conference pick as a sophomore for then-coach Dusty Killingsworth. He is listed as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and played AAU ball for MoKan Elite.
Thompson earned MBCA first-team all-state distinction as a junior and senior for coach Matt Hixenbaugh at St. Louis' Mary Institute/Country Day School. He averaged 16.2 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocks while making 49 percent of his shots this season for the 17-9 Rams. As a junior, he averaged 13.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks and was a first-team All-Metro League pick. As a sophomore, Thompson posted 8.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per night while earning second-team all-conference honors. He also plays for the AAU St. Louis Eagles.
The Bears are coming off a 20-13 campaign and their third postseason appearance in five seasons. Lusk, who is set to return four starters for his fourth season at the helm of the Bears, recently signed a five-year contract extension through the 2019 season.
The spring signing period for Division I men's basketball runs through May 21.
Camyn Boone - CAM-inn BOON)
Loomis Gerring - LOOM-us GARE-ing (hard G)