May 14, 2014
By Stephen Trembley
FRESNO, Calif. -- Known as one of the best recruiters in the country, Fresno State head men's basketball coach Rodney Terry and his staff have found and signed four recruits during the past academic year - Eugene Artison, Isaiah Bailey, Terrell Carter II and Darnell Taylor.
"We were very excited about starting off our 2014 recruiting class with the additions of Isaiah Bailey and Eugene Artison," Terry said of his signees from last fall. "Both student-athletes are young men with great character and the opportunity to be very successful both on and off the court. Isaiah and Eugene will be key contributors to the success of our program, as well as great ambassadors of our University."
Artison and Bailey both signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period in November 2013. Carter II and Taylor agreed to be part of the Bulldogs' program during the late signing period. Carter II also signed a NLI while Taylor, as a junior college transfer, agreed to an athletic aid agreement.
"Darnell Taylor and Terrell Carter II are fine young men that will make an immediate, positive impact at our University and in our program," Terry said. "Having the opportunity to add two quality student-athletes from the Los Angeles area in the spring signing period is big not only for our current team, but also to continue in our efforts to recruit student-athletes in Southern California."
Fresno State (21-18) finished the 2013-14 season in a tie for fifth in the Mountain West standings and reached the championship series of the College Basketball Invitational. The Bulldogs enter the 2014-15 season returning four starters from a squad that won 13 of its last 18 games, including four of its last six.
In 2013-14, freshman Paul Watson was named a Freshman All-American and the MW Freshman of the Year. During league play, Watson led all MW freshmen in rebounding (4.6 rpg) and finished second among MW freshmen in scoring (8.6 ppg) and blocked shots (12). Sophomore Marvelle Harris (14.3 ppg/5.3 rpg) earned honorable mention All-MW honors while newcomers Alex Davis, Karachi Edo and Cezar Guerrero all averaged over 15 minutes per game to make an immediate impact.
Guerrero posted 13.1 points, 3.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game while running the Bulldogs' offense from the point guard position. Davis and Edo were the team's top two shot blockers, with 72 and 32 respectively. Fresno State will also add former Texas Longhorns standout guard Julien Lewis, who redshirted the 2013-14 season as a Division I transfer, and sophomore forward Braeden Anderson is expected to return after missing all of last season due to injury.
As newcomers in 2014-15, Artison, Bailey, Carter II and Taylor will each have the opportunity to compete for playing time as the 'Dogs look to build on their strong finish this past season.
All four recruits - three incoming freshmen (Artison, Bailey and Carter II) and one incoming junior (Taylor) - will be eligible to play for the Bulldogs starting in the 2014-15 season.
"All of these future Bulldogs have the physical ability to play at the highest level of college basketball," Terry added of his 2014 recruiting class. "They will make great strides in their development as they continue to get stronger, and once they hit campus, that will be a main focus. For Eugene, Isaiah, Darnell and Terrell, their best basketball is in front of them."
2014 FRESNO STATE MEN'S BASKETBALL RECRUITING CLASS
Isaiah Bailey - Guard, 6-6, 190
Isaiah Bailey, a 6-6, 190-pound guard out of Compton High School, was named to the MaxPreps 2013-14 California Division II All-State first team and Long Beach Press Telegram All-Area Team. He ranks as one of the top 25 recruits in the state of California by MaxPreps and led his squad as a team captain to a 25-8 record, including a 10-2 mark in league play. Bailey is rated as a four-star recruit by Scout.com.
Coach Terry on Isaiah Bailey...
"Isaiah Bailey is a prolific athlete that can play above the rim from the wing spot. He really excels in transition, the open floor, and has the ability to be a premiere defender. He is extremely fast with the ball and plays the game with the attack mindset we look for in terms of our guards and wings."
Eugene Artison - Forward, 6-9, 190
Eugene Artison, a 6-9, 190-pound forward from Franklin High School in Seattle, Wash., averaged 18.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 assists per game during his senior season at FHS. He was named one of the Top 50 prep players in the state of Washington by MaxPreps. Arison is rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com.
Coach Terry on Eugene Artison...
"Eugene Artison is a highly skilled and athletic post player. He has the ability to play in the paint as well as on the perimeter. He has a high basketball IQ and has demonstrated his ability to shoot, pass, and make good decisions from the post spot. His length and athleticism will allow him to be rebound and defend at a high level."
Darnell Taylor - Guard, 6-3, 205
Darnell Taylor, a 6-3, 205-pound combo guard, played his first two collegiate seasons at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, where he was named the Orange Empire Conference Player of the Year, a first-team all-conference selection and an all-state California Community College Athletic Association honoree. In his sophomore season at Saddleback College, he helped lead the Gauchos to a second straight OEC championship. Taylor prepped at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles and earned all-state and all-city recognition.
Coach Terry on Darnell Taylor...
"Darnell Taylor will bring experience, athleticism, and toughness to our ball club. We are excited about his ability to put pressure on the basket and be a strong defender on the perimeter. Darnell is a combo guard with great size that will thrive in our style of play on both ends of the floor."
Terrell Carter II - Center, 6-8, 250
Terrell Carter II, a 6-8, 250-pound center, brings physicality and toughness to the Bulldogs' post. He starred at Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, Calif., as he was honored as the Daily Breeze Newcomer of the Year, a first-team All-CIF selection and the Most Valuable Player in the Bay League. Carter II averaged 13.5 points and 11.5 rebounds for RUHS. Carter II is rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com.
Coach Terry on Terrell Carter II...
"Terrell Carter II is a physical player that will bring a post presence to our team. He embraces being a true center, and plays the game initiating contact. Those two characteristics, amongst others, are going to allow Terrell to be a very successful player in our program. We are excited about his ability to finish in the paint, rebound, and defend true post players."
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