Men’s Basketball Team Signs Three Recruits

Posted: December 20, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Men’s basketball head coach Jim Larranaga has announced that three players, including one local product and another who will join the team later this season, have signed national letters of intent to join the Patriots.

The three recruits are Lamar Butler, a high school senior from Oxon Hill, Md.; Darren Tarver, a junior college (JUCO) player from Wabash Valley Community College in Mt. Carmel, Ill.; and Raoul Heinen from Bunschopen, Holland.

Butler, a 6-1 guard from Oxon Hill High School, is considered one of the top prospects in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and has been ranked among the top 150 prospects on several recruiting lists. He was an all-star at the 5-Star Basketball Camp and the Eastern Invitational Basketball Camp last summer, and he helped lead Oxon Hill to the championship of the Jabbo Kenner Summer League.

“My staff and I saw Lamar play dozens of times last summer, and we felt he was the best point guard we saw,” said Larranaga. “Not only in this area, but of all the players we saw through the whole summer. He has the ability to run a team, score points, and hit big shots in the clutch. We feel he will be an outstanding player at the next level.”

Tarver, a 6-3 guard, earned All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference and JUCO All-Region XXIV first-team honors last season as he led Wabash Valley in scoring with 16.7 points per game as a freshman. He started 28 of Wabash Valley’s 31 games; was second on the team in rebounds, with 3.3 per contest; was second in assists, with 2.2 per game; and ranked third with 33 steals.

Heinen is a 6-4, 185-pound guard who will enroll at George Mason for the 2001 spring semester, becoming eligible on Dec. 21 after fall exams conclude. Able to play either guard position or small forward, he will be a freshman and have four seasons of eligibility. Heinen has been competing with the Dutch National Team, which has benefited from the recent addition of former NBA standout Rik Smits.

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