New HSU coach adds two more recruits


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New Humboldt State men’s basketball head coach Tae Norwood this week announced the addition of two more players to complete his first recruiting class. 

The final two additions to this year’s class are transfers Derek Burgess II and Brandon Porter.

Burgess red-shirted last season at Hawaii Pacific after previously playing two seasons at Gavilan College. 

“Derek will provide added depth and size to the wing position,” Norwood said. “His ability to shoot the ball and score in transition will be a great fit in our up-tempo style of play.”
In his sophomore season at Gavilan, Burgess averaged 12.2 points and 2.8 rebounds.

Porter, meanwhile, is a transfer from the University of Wyoming, where he played in 54 games the past two seasons, including making four starts. 

Before Wyoming, the 6-9 strong forward played at Washington Academy where he averaged 23.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

“Brandon is skilled and moves really well for his size,” Norwood said. “He has a soft touch around the rim and is capable of scoring on the perimeter and beyond the arc. 

“Brandon will be expected to add veteran leadership, athleticism and toughness to our frontline.”

The two new players join a very new-look Jacks team for next season, one that will feature nine new players.

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