Hoping to rebound from a 9-18 season, Cal Poly Pomona men's basketball Coach Dave Bollwinkel has signed four players to national letters of intent for next season, including two high school players and two junior college transfers.
The junior college players are Andre Harrell, of L.A. Valley College in Van Nuys, and Anthony Gates, of West Los Angeles College. The prep standouts are Bobby McRae, from Cleveland High in Reseda, and Eric Jones, from Loyola of Los Angeles.
Harrell, a 6-2 guard, may have been the most successful of the four last season. He averaged 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals to earn selection to the all-state team and was named Western State Conference player of the year.
Gates, a 6-4 forward, also earned All-Western State Conference first team recognition last season in averaging 18.9 points and 10.9 rebounds.
Both McRae and Jones completed outstanding prep years. McRae, a 6-5 forward, averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland, regarded as one of the best in the L.A. City Section, and made the All-City squad. Jones, a 6-1 point guard, averaged 14.8 points and earned All-CIF Division I selection with a Loyola squad ranked among the top prep teams in the nation for most of the season. He was also named Del Rey League most valuable player.
The additions add depth to a Pomona roster that already returns four starters from last season, including All-California Collegiate Athletic Assn. first team forward Terry Ross and guard Chancellor McCobb. The Broncos finished seventh in conference play last season at 3-11.
Ingrid Dixson of West Covina High and Rose Jong of Muir, two of the top players in the San Gabriel Valley last season, have been named to the all-state girls basketball team selected by Cal-Hi Sports News.
Dixson, a 6-3 senior center, averaged 25.1 points and 18.6 rebounds to spark West Covina to a 20-5 record and the Sierra League title. A two-time All-CIF Division I and All-Times San Gabriel Valley selection, she has been recruited by major-college teams such as USC, UCLA, Cal State Long Beach and UC Berkeley.
Jong, a 5-1 senior guard, led Muir to its first CIF Southern Section title with a win over Ventura in the 4-AA final and a berth in the state Division II championship game. An outstanding floor leader, Jong averaged 10.1 points and 10.1 assists. Among the teams recruiting her are UC Irvine, the University of San Francisco, and UC Riverside.