La Jolla, California - The UC San Diego men's basketball team has signed five recruits that will join the Tritons for the 2014-15 season. The announcement was made Friday by head coach Eric Olen.
The incoming class includes a pair of point guards and three forwards.
"I am really excited about this recruiting class as it is a talented group of players that have the ability to make an immediate impact," said Olen. "When you look at the programs these guys are coming from and the accomplishments of their teams, you know that they are tough, competitive players that understand what it takes to be successful."
George Buaku is a six-foot-two, 170-pound point guard out of El Toro High School in Lake Forest. As a senior, he averaged 12.4 points, 4.8 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game, helping El Toro to a stellar 26-3 record. Buaku made 56 percent of his shots en route to earning South Coast League MVP, CIF Southern Section Division IA First Team and Third Team All-Orange County accolades.
Jordan Flannery is a six-foot-five, 195-pound small forward from Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village. He led the Lions to a 26-7 record, averaging 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists per game. Flannery was tabbed the Tri-Valley League Player of the Year and Second Team All-Ventura County, while OCHS was the CIF Southern Section Division 4AA runner-up.
Kenny Fraser comes out of Turlock High School as a six-foot-seven, 185-pound forward. The First Team All-Central California Conference and First Team All-District honoree averaged 17.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game as a senior.
Grant Jackson is a six-foot-one, 170-pound point guard from Monte Vista High School in Danville. In his senior season, he helped lead the Mustangs to a 32-1 record and a CIF Division I championship. MVHS also won Northern California, North Coast Section and East Bay Athletic League titles. Jackson compiled averages of 10.1 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals per game en route to being named first team all-league and Honorable Mention All-Metro.
Rounding out the class is Brett Oosdyke, a six-foot-six, 200-pound forward from Santa Margarita High School in Rancho Santa Margarita. He was tabbed Second Team All-Trinity League after averaging 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists per game. The Eagles won a CIF Southern Section 3AA championship and went 26-9 this past season.
"While this group brings diverse skill sets to the floor, they are all excellent students with high character as well," said Olen, who completed his first year as head coach this past season. "We always try to bring in players with great habits and a strong work ethic. We feel fortunate to have filled a lot of needs with this class and I am thrilled to be adding them to the Triton family."
UCSD finished its 2013-14 campaign with a 15-11 overall record and placed seventh in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) standings with an 11-11 mark. The Tritons' 15 victories were the most since their 2008-09 campaign when they collected 17.