Men's Hoops Finishes Recruiting Class With Signing of Malte Kramer
April 13, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's basketball team, led by head coach Marty Wilson, completed its recruiting class for the 2012-13 season today with the announcement that junior college sharpshooter Malte Kramer of Cuesta College has signed a national letter-of-intent.
Kramer is the fifth new player that the Waves will welcome next season. Incoming freshmen Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Laveen Betty Fairfax HS) and Atif Russell (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes HS) were signed last fall, while UCLA transfer Brendan Lane and incoming freshman Jett Raines (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS) committed this week.
Kramer, a native of Germany who is a 6-foot-7 forward, played the past two seasons at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and will be a junior next season at Pepperdine. He set school records for the Cougars for both three-point percentage in a career (42.0%) and a season (47.2% in 2011-12). He averaged 19.4 points as a freshman and 16.5 as a sophomore, a season in which he was an all-state first team honoree and the Most Valuable Player in the Western State Conference's North Division.
"Malte's skill of shooting the basketball from the outside is something we lacked this past season," Wilson said. "In addition, he has the ability to impact the game with his passing, ball-handling and toughness on defense. He also has a high basketball IQ that will allow him to play right away."
Kramer became just the fifth player in Cuesta history to score 1,000 career points and finished fourth on the school's scoring list with 1,092 points (a 17.9 average).
"During Malte's first year he was probably the best perimeter shooter in the state of California," Cuesta Coach Rusty Blair said. "But teams learned about him and started double-teaming him. When he decided to come back to Cuesta for his second year, we told him he needed to work on getting to the basket and getting to the free throw line. He made the adjustments, really improved his game and developed into one of the five or six best players in the state of California. Now he gets to the basket, and he still shoots for a high rate from the perimeter. We played the top teams in the state this season and he held his own more than admirably. He's ready to go at the next level. Malte is a tremendous person and a great citizen. He's got a 4.0 GPA in his fifth language. It's hard to imagine that he won't be the state's scholar-athlete of the year, and even the national scholar-athlete of the year."
Kramer told the San Luis Obispo Tribune: "(Pepperdine) was the complete package of what I was looking for. It's a really good academic school, which was important to me, and the basketball situation, I feel like I could come in and earn playing time right away and help the team with leadership, my age and my athletic ability."
Following is a capsule biography on Kramer:
One of the top scorers in school history at Cuesta ... Named to the 2011-12 California Community College Athletic Association all-state first team and was the Most Valuable Player in the Western State Conference's North Division ... A two-time All-WSC first teamer ... Became the fifth Cuesta player to score 1,000 career points and finished fourth on the Cougars' charts with 1,092 points (17.9 average) ... Set school records for three-point percentage in a career (42.0%) and season (47.2% in 2011-12) ... Second in school history in career free throw percentage (81.0%) ... Averaged 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.9 steals as a sophomore ... Averaged 19.4 points (fourth in the WSC), 5.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals as a 2010-11 freshman ... Scored a career-high 34 points against Marin during his freshman season ... Was the team's leading scorer both seasons ... Helped the 2011-12 Cuesta squad to a 24-8 overall record, first place in the WSC North Division at 11-1 and to the semifinals of the Southern California Regionals ... Originally from Frieburg, Germany, where he attended Droste-Huelshoff Gym ... Will be the second German-born player on the Waves' roster along with sophomore center Jan Maehlen.