Men's Basketball Signs its Backcourt of the Future
Nov. 15, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine men's basketball coach Marty Wilson has landed his backcourt of the future, as he announced today that Southern California high school standouts Jeremy Major (Pasadena, Calif./Maranatha HS), Lamond Murray Jr. (Redondo Beach, Calif./Bishop Montgomery HS) and Jeff Van Dyke (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) have signed national letters-of-intent.
The trio will join the Waves as freshmen for the 2013-14 season.
"I am thrilled to announce that the future of our basketball program has gotten better with the addition of Jeremy, Jeff and Lamond," Wilson said. "They are the type of young men, students and basketball players that will make Pepperdine proud, on and off the court."
Major, a 5-foot-10 point guard, averaged 25.8 points per game last season. Murray, a 6-foot-5 wing, averaged 20.2 points as a prep junior. Van Dyke, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, made 92 three-pointers last season and helped La Costa Canyon to the state championship game. Major and Murray are teammates on the Double Pump 2013 Elite AAU squad, while Van Dyke plays for Gamepoint.
Their arrival will hopefully ease the loss of starting guards Lorne Jackson and Caleb Willis, both of whom will graduate in the spring. In addition to losing two seniors, the Waves also had an unused scholarship this season to give out.
Following is capsule information on each recruit along with quotes from various coaches.
A two-time All-CIF Southern Section first team selection and the 2012 Olympic League MVP ... Was one of the top scorers in the CIF Southern Section and ranked #1 in Division 4AA with 25.8 points per game as a junior ... Had seven games with 30 or more points, including 35 against both South Pasadena and St. Anthony ... Scored 34 points in Maranatha's final game of the season, a second-round loss in the 4AA playoffs ... Also averaged 6.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.3 blocks as a junior while making 44 three-pointers ... Helped Maranatha win the Pasadena Poly Tournament and was named MVP ... A two-time Pasadena Star-News all-area first team selection ... As a 2010-11 sophomore, averaged 14.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals ... Was named to the all-league first team as the Minutemen won the Olympic League title ... Helped Maranatha be a CIF semifinalist and into the state playoffs for the first time in state history, where he scored 30 points in a loss to Central Valley Christian ... As a 2009-10 freshman, averaged 8.5 points and made the all-league second team ... Rated among the state's top 30 seniors by ESPN.com.
Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson says: "Jeremy is a very quick, athletic and efficient point guard who is going to make an immediate impact on our program. He is a leader and his teammates will enjoy playing with him because he makes others better while making the simple play."
Maranatha Coach Tim Godley says: "Jeremy is a unique blend: he's very intelligent, great court savvy, extraordinarily coachable, very motivated, does the extra work that many players won't do, very athletic. He's the rare combination of all those things. We'll practice, and then he'll put in extra work after practice. He texted me all summer asking if he could get into the gym and shoot. He's got great character. Nothing would surprise me about what he'll achieve at the next level. He will approach it like a challenge and fight for a spot in the rotation as a freshman. I firmly believe that."
Double Pump 2013 Elite AAU Coach David Rebibo says: "Jeremy is lightning quick. He's a phenomenal talent who can play above the rim at his height. He changes the game with his speed. He's one of the few guys that is as fast with the ball as he is without the ball. He's a special talent and a delight to coach. He wants to get better and he's going to have a good career."
Lamond Murray Jr.
Son of former California great and 11-year NBA veteran Lamond Murray ... Selected to the All-CIF 4AA first team as a 2011-12 junior after averaging 20.2 points and 9.7 rebounds ... Also named to the Daily Breeze all-area first team, the All-Del Rey League first team and ESPN.com's all-junior fifth team ... Helped Bishop Montgomery to the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section 4AA tournament ... Also earned all-league first team honors as a sophomore after averaging 15 points and seven rebounds ... Will be a four-year member of the varsity, though his freshman year was limited due to a broken wrist ... The Knights won the Del Rey League title his sophomore season and went 43-12 overall the past two years ... Rated among the state's top 50 seniors by ESPN.com.
Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson says: "Lamond is a big guard who has the ability to score in a variety of ways. He can shoot the three, create off the dribble, as well as post up. He is also a long and active defender who will have a very good future as a Wave."
Bishop Montgomery Coach Doug Mitchell says: "Lamond is a good player already but he's got a huge upside too. He's gotten substantially better every year. He works hard and he's got athletic ability. Even though his numbers were great last year, he's a much better player this year because he improves. He's more explosive, more athletic, and he's consistently done that each year. I think he'll continue to do that through college. Lamond can put the ball in the basket. He's not just a shooter, he has a variety of ways to score. He can do it in transition, he's an excellent offensive rebounder, he attacks well, he's got a good little pull-up. It's easy for him to score points because he has so many ways to do it. In my 24 years of doing this, he's the best offensive rebounder I've ever coached, he just has a nose for the ball."
Double Pump 2013 Elite AAU Coach David Rebibo says: "Lamond is a pure scorer. He can score the ball any which way. There's not a shot on the court he can't make. He's a special talent. He's eager to get better, he's hungry, and he'll do very well there."
Jeff Van Dyke
A member of back-to-back CIF San Diego Section championship teams ... Helped La Costa Canyon to its first-ever CIF state championship berth in 2012, where the school lost to San Jose Archbishop Mitty in the state final ... Averaged 9.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.8 steals as a junior ... 92 of his 113 field goals were three-pointers ... Named to the Avocado League second team as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore ... Joined the varsity as a 2010-11 sophomore and averaged 5.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals ... 50 of his 65 field goals were three-pointers ... La Costa Canyon won the Division I San Diego Section title in 2011 (34-3 overall) and the Division II title in 2012 (29-5 overall) and won Avocado League titles both seasons.
Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson says: "Jeff is a very competitive and mentally tough young man who has the ability to shoot the ball from deep. He is very quick and is a very active defender who will be counted on early in his career."
La Costa Canyon Coach David Cassaw says: "Jeff is an amazing shooter, that's where his game starts. He's a high-percentage three-point shooter. He's also a tough defender too. He guards the other team's toughest guard, so we count on him to play on both sides of the ball. You don't always see that in a star player. His game has really grown over the summer. He can do more things, he's better at ball-handling and driving to the basket. Winning follows Jeff. We've won back-to-back CIF championships, and I've known him a long time, and he's played for a lot of championship teams."
Gamepoint AAU Coach Anthony Bolton says: "First of all, Jeff is a really good kid. I was lucky to coach him this past summer and spring, and he's a good kid and a heck of a player. He's an absolutely knockdown shooter. He's extending the rest of his game more and more. He can get to the rim, defend and rebound pretty well. His strong point is shooting the ball, but he can do a lot of other things. He'll fill a role for Pepperdine as someone who can spread the floor as a scoring threat. He will continue to get better and expand his game. A lot of people don't know that he's a feisty competitor. Pepperdine wants kids with character who are good students and players and Jeff will be a really good fit there."
Gamepoint AAU Director Charlie Mercado says: "Jeff is very bright, he's a hard-working kid, and he's come a long way in the last couple of years. He's becoming a better all-around basketball player. I think he's going to do well at Pepperdine, I know the coaching staff will do a great job with him. He's a humble kid, a very hard worker, and he's going to get better there with every year. We're excited for him. He will excel in Coach Wilson's system. As soon as you cross halfcourt, he's deadly from anywhere. He's been working hard on getting stronger and expanding his range so he can score from deeper. He will do a good job stretching the defense and opening the lanes for the posts. He's a great shooter and that's his strength."