Nov. 12, 2008
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State men's basketball program has signed Pierce Hornung, Greg Smith and Trevor Williams to National Letters of Intent, Head Coach Tim Miles announced Wednesday.
"We are thrilled to add these three young guys to our program," said Miles. "They all bring the energy, passion and ability to help CSU basketball reach its goals. We are not only excited about their talent, but also the fact they are invested in CSU and our mission to bring this program to the top of the MWC."
Hornung, a 6-5, 200-pound small forward, will join the Rams from Ralston Valley High School in Arvada, Colo. He was the only underclassman to earn all-state honors last season as he was named first-team all-state and conference Player of the Year. He led the Mustangs to the final four by averaging 18.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.3 steals per game as a junior.
"Pierce is the total package," said Miles. "He is a great kid, excellent student, and a really good basketball player. We love his toughness and tenacity. He sees the court and passes the ball like a point guard, rebounds really well, and knows how to score. Pierce will fit our system very well - a complete player with a will to win."
Smith, a 6-6 forward from Omaha, Neb., averaged 18.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last season at Ralston (Neb.) High School, where he led the Rams to a 23-3 record. He was named third-team all-state last season as he helped lead Ralston to the Class A state tournament. The three-year letterwinner is also a member of the Bison Red AAA team and played two summers with current CSU freshman Jesse Carr.
"Greg is a versatile player who will bring great length and athleticism to the Rams," said Miles. "He has the ability to play multiple positions on the perimeter. Greg definitely has a swagger about him and provides a winning mentality for the Rams. Last season the Ralston High Rams lost in the state semifinals."
Williams, a 7-foot, 270-pound center, averaged 12.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game last season at Denver's Lutheran High School. He earned all-Metro League honors as well as being named honorable mention Class 3A all-state.
"Trevor has tremendous upside," Miles said. "He has an NBA body and very good athleticism. I think many coaches around the country see Trevor's potential and I'm glad we are the ones who will help develop it. Trevor works very hard and is a great teammate. We expect him to excel at CSU."