Lancers take offense to poor season, build offense for new season
There's no offseason for the College of Lake County men's basketball team when it comes to recruiting.
While the Lancers' season ended March 2, recruiting started up strong weeks later, with three players signing in April and another putting pen to paper in mid-May.
CLC head coach Chuck Ramsey said that recruiting will continue to the start of the school year.
“There are kids who actually make up their mind at that point, he told the Lake County Gazette. "Over the years, we've had some really good players sign up about August 20."
So far there's been no shortage of standout statistics and strong resumes, all part of the effort to help the Lancers bounce back from the program's 3-27 record last season.
“More than anything, we just need talented players, good players, basketball players who will do well in school,” Ramsey said.
Ian Haflinger, an All-Area first-teamer for Lakes Community High School in Lake Villa, had a good senior season, Ramsey said, and got better as the season went along. The coach said Haflinger runs the floor well.
Also joining the squad is Jarod Stonis of Wauconda High School, another All-Area first-team selection on the strength of 17.6 points and 2.8 steals per game last season. Ramsey said Stonis is athletic and a good shooter who can move well without the ball. He also is a good rebounder, averaging 4.4 boards per contest last season.
Brian Julien of Carmel High School in Mundelein will bring his scoring prowess to the Lancers program. He averaged 15 points per game last season to lead the East Suburban Catholic Conference, and also averaged three assists and three rebounds per contest. Julien is another recruit who finished strong last season, Ramsey said.
“We're off to a really good start, but we need to continue, and we are," he said. "We're working hard at it."
On May 17, CLC announced the signing of Michael Green of Round Lake High School. Green scored more than 1,000 points in his high school career, which included three years as a starter and All-Area honors. On the CLC website, Ramsey described Green as “an athletic, versatile player who has a lot of basketball upside.”