GILLETTE, Wyo.--The Gillette College Pronghorns mens basketball team is looking more and more complete with some of the players set to report on the 23rd of the month. The team's two latest signings come from common recruiting grounds that Head Coach Shawn Neary likes to pick from: Chicago and Michigan.
Philip Lee, a 6'1” point guard from Chicago and Lorenzo Bonham, a 6'4” point guard from Inkster, Mich., are the most recent recruits to be coming to Gillette.
Lee was a huge pickup by Neary, as Lee was also heavily recruited by Illinois State and at one point, even committed to Chicago State. If you were to search for highlight videos of Lee you would see him make multiple threes, but not afraid to drive the basket either.
“It was a surprise that we got [Lee]. He had been recruited very heavily and then just late in the process a couple things feel through and we were able to get him here,” said Neary.
He added that he is a “very good defender, his athleticism is tremendous.”
As for Bonham, he is one of the top 15 players out of Michigan, according to Neary. Like Lee, Bonham fielded offers from DI schools, originally signing with Central Michigan. Due to academics, he became available and Neary didn't balk at the opportunity.
Neary said of Bonham that, “he is going to be a special player.”
“Adding those two guys to our roster really strengthens our perimeter. I think, you know, this is going to be an outstanding perimeter team.”
Neary added that this will make this year's squad more versatile and fun to watch from the fans' perspective.
The mens team has one more scholarship open. Neary mentioned, “We still have some needs in terms of maybe the power forward/center position, so we're targeting that area right now.” However, Neary wanted to keep his options open as to who that 12th man could be.
As of now, the Pronghorns will have two returning players, two recruits from Wyoming (one being Dylan Haddix from Gillette), a Montana native, one Canadian and few others from the northern-central state of the U.S.