Citadel basketball signs two new players
Citadel basketball coach Chuck Driesell wrapped up recruiting for the 2013-14 freshman class with the signing of point guard Warren Sledge and center Tom Koopman.
Sledge is a 6-3, 180-pounder from Central School in Keller, Texas, and Koopman is a 6-9, 220-pounder from Holland.
They join previous signees Brian White, a 6-6 guard from Richmond, Va., and Nate Bowser, a 6-9 forward from Fort Worth, Texas.
Sledge played for his father, Gerald, at Central High School and then played a year at Future Prep Academy in California. He also had offers from Houston Baptist and Coastal Carolina.
“As a coach’s son, he has a really nice feel for the game,” Driesell said of Sledge, who averaged 9.2 points and 8.2 assists in prep school.
“He’s really, really solid in his decision making and his court vision. We think he’ll do a really nice job for us.”
Gerald Sledge, who served 12 years in the U.S. Army, said his son likes the structure of a military school.
“On his visit, he really enjoyed the camaraderie with the people at The Citadel,” the elder Sledge said. “And his visit was thorough and left nothing to question. He knows exactly what he’s getting into, and that structure is important to him and I think will serve the team well.”
Koopman has played for the under-19 and U-20 national teams in Holland, Driesell said, averaging about 18 points and 12 rebounds last season.
“He’s a European big man, very skilled,” Driesell said. “We really liked what we saw with him, and think he can come in and help right away.”
In addition to all-Southern Conference senior center Mike Groselle, the Bulldogs are losing three other players from last year’s 8-22 team.
Sophomores Lawrence Miller and Michael Hundley and freshman guard Janeil Jenkins are transferring, Driesell said.
Miller played in 16 games and averaged 6.1 points last year, while the 6-9 Hundley played in just eight games. Jenkins, a 5-10 guard, played in 30 games, averaging 9.1 minutes and 2.5 points.