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Tritons Sign Seven Standouts for 2019-20

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LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men's basketball program is excited to announce the signing of seven outstanding student-athletes that will join the team for the 2019-20 season. The group was officially unveiled Friday by head coach Eric Olen.

The incoming class includes four transfers as well as three that will be coming to the La Jolla campus as true freshmen. The group consists of four forwards and three guards, with two locals hailing from San Diego. 

"We are thrilled about this recruiting class," said Olen, who is heading into his seventh season leading the Tritons. "They are all talented players and will be terrific representatives of UC San Diego and our basketball program. Coach (Brendan) Clowry and Coach (Clint) Allard did a great job identifying and recruiting players that will not only be a great fit in our style of play, but also compliment each other extremely well. I think this group will elevate our team in the upcoming season while also laying the foundation for our future. I’m excited to welcome Hugh, John, Bryce, Jake, Trace, Jace, and Marek to the Triton Family."

HUGH BAXTER
6-8 Forward
Melbourne, Australia
Colgate University/Scotch College

• Enters UC San Diego as a junior
• Played two seasons at Colgate University (2017-18, 2018-19)
• Saw action in 15 games for the Raiders
• Led Scotch College (high school) to an Associated Public Schools Championship
• Two-time team MVP
• Averaged 22 points, nine rebounds, and three assists as a senior
• Won silver medal at Australian Nationals with Victorian U-20 team

JOHN DIENER
6-5 Guard
Cedarburg, Wis.
DePaul University/Cedarburg High School

• Enters UC San Diego as a redshirt freshman
• Redshirted his freshman season (2018-19) at DePaul University
• A three-time Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association and Associated Press All-State performer
• A USA Today First Team All-State selection
• Averaged 23 points as a senior at Cedarburg High School
• Scored 2,250 career points in high school

BRYCE POPE
6-3 Guard
San Diego
Torrey Pines High School

• Enters UC San Diego as a true freshman
• CIF San Diego Section Player of the Year
• First Team CalHi Sports All-State Open Division
• Torrey Pines won CIF San Diego Section Open Division championship
• Averaged 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists as a senior

JAKE KOSAKOWSKI
6-6 Forward
Chicago
Bosco Institute/Whitney Young High School

• Enters UC San Diego as a true freshman
• Won Class 4A state championship as a junior and advanced to title game as a senior
• Prepped at Bosco Institute in Indiana in 2018-19
• Averaged 13 points, seven rebounds, and three assists at Bosco

TRACE RAMSEY
6-7 Forward
Valparaiso, Ind.
University of Maryland/Bosco Institute/Valparaiso High School

• Enters UC San Diego as a sophomore
• Played 2018-19 season at the University of Maryland
• Appeared in five games for the Terrapins
• Did a prep season at Bosco Institute in Indiana where he averaged 17 points
• A two-time honorable mention all-state pick at Valparaiso High School
• First Team All-Area as a senior
• A 2017 First Team All-Northwest Indiana Times selection
• Two-time First Team All-Duneland Athletic Conference pick
• Indiana Top 50 selection as a senior and Top 100 as a junior 
• Averaged 15 points, six rebounds, and two assists as a senior
• 2017 Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 pick
• Valparaiso won 2017 Duneland Athletic Conference title

JACE ROQUEMORE
6-5 Guard
Henderson, Nev.
Foothill High School

• Enters UC San Diego as a true freshman
• Averaged 16 points, six rebounds, and four assists as a senior
• A First Team All-Desert Southwest League performer
• Won a 4A league title

MAREK SULLIVAN
6-6 Forward
San Diego, Calif.
Palomar College/Torrey Pines High School

• Enters UC San Diego as a junior
• Played at Palomar College in 2018-19
• Averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists at Palomar
• Torrey Pines High School went 31-4 during his senior season
• Palomar League MVP as a high school senior

This past season, UC San Diego went 26-8 overall and 17-5 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The Tritons won their second-ever CCAA regular season title and third-consecutive (fourth overall) conference tournament championship. For the fourth-straight season and fifth time overall, the team advanced to the NCAA Division II West Regional.

The 2018-19 Tritons were ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation. They broke or tied program records for points scored (2,644), field goals made (929), three-pointers made (424), and free throw percentage (.806). They also established a new mark for three-pointers made in a single game with 24 against league rival Cal State Monterey Bay.

On the individual front, redshirt junior center Chris Hansen became the program's first Division II All-American after leading the team in scoring (14.6), rebounding (8.1), field goal percentage (54.4), and blocks (54). 

The 2019-20 season will be UC San Diego's final as a member of the NCAA Division II ranks, where it has been since 2000-01. In 2020-21, the entire athletics program will begin a four-year transition period to full NCAA Division I status with a majority of the school's teams, including basketball, competing in the Big West Conference.

About UC San Diego Athletics
With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles, and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in the summer of 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's pre-eminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 81 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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