November 9, 2011

Bulldogs Hoops Add Pair in 2012 Early Signing Period

Matthew Van Scyoc Highlights
Raemond Robinson Highlights

Charleston, S.C.—
Citadel Basketball Head Coach Chuck Driesell released the names of two players, Matthew Van Scyoc and Raemond Robinson, who will join the Bulldogs as members of the 2012 recruiting class. Driesell's second recruiting class, since joining the Bulldog Basketball program in April 2010, follows a 2011 class that included eight players.

"We wanted to build on the success of our 2011 recruiting class," said Driesell. "In order for us to be successful it is vital to have quality recruiting classes, which we have done with the addition of these two players. We are excited for them to be a part of our program and we know that we are going to represent The Citadel and their families in a first-class manner."

Robinson, a 6-2, 190 lbs., shooting guard from Goose Creek, S.C., joins the Dogs after starring at Goose Creek High School under Brad Dobbels. A two-sport star, he also drew interest as a linebacker for the Gators. On the court, Robinson averaged 16.1 points, 3.7 rebounds 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game during the 2010-11 season, earning All-Region, All-Low Country and HSSR All-State honors. In 2008-09, Robinson captured the South Carolina State Championship and followed that by reaching the Lower State Championship as a sophomore. Robinson was the high school teammate of current Citadel guard DeVontae Wright.

"He is a hard-nosed, dependable, tough and intelligent basketball player," said Antoine Saunders, his AAU coach. "Rae has been a joy to coach and is one of the best shooters that I have been around in my time of coaching."

A 6-foot-6, 210 lbs., small forward, Van Scyoc joins the Bulldogs from Green Lake High School in Green Lake, Wisc., where he played for coach Dennis Brooks. He appeared in 25 contests during the 2010-11 season, scored 561 points and posted 227 rebounds. He was successful on 172-287 (59.9%) field goal attempts, converting 20-of-48 (41.7%) from beyond the arc. Van Scyoc selected The Citadel over the likes of Army, Nevada, Boston, North Dakota and Miami (OH).

"Matt is a combo forward that can shoot the 3-pointer with a great deal of accuracy," said Antonio Curry, a national recruiting editor for NY2LA Sports. "A hard worker who is much better when facing the basket, Van Scoyc has great rebounding instincts as well as the ability to finish in transition."

Matthew Van Scyoc (SOY-ic), 6-6 • 210 lbs. (Green Lake HS; Green Lake, Wisc.)
Van Scyoc has scored 1,204 points over the first three years of his career with Green Lake High School. Under the direction of head coach Dennis Brooks, Green Lake finished with a 41-9 overall record over the course of the last two seasons.

Chuck Driesell on Van Scyoc: "We're excited to have a player of Matt's caliber join The Citadel basketball program. Matt chose us over some high major programs. What makes him so valuable is his versatility and his toughness. Combine that with his high character, he will be a great addition to The Citadel community."

Raemond Robinson, 6-2 • 190 lbs. (Goose Creek HS; Goose Creek, S.C.)
Robinson has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success while at Goose Creek High School with a combined record of 69-14 (.831 winning pct.) while under Brad Dobbels.

Chuck Driesell on Robinson: "I was extremely happy when Raemond committed to The Citadel. He's and excellent shooting guard with a tremendous upside. Rae is one of the top players in the state and has a toughness about him that will fit our style of play. He is an excellent addition to our program and we're excited to have another local player join the Bulldog family. Rae's ability to shoot the ball will bring an added dimension to our team."

The 2011-12 Citadel Basketball season opens at the inaugural All Military Classic in Colorado Springs, Colo., against VMI, on Nov. 11. The All Military Classic concludes the following day when The Citadel goes head-to-head against either Air Force or Army.  On Nov. 16, The Citadel hosts Clemson, marking the first time that the two teams have played at McAlister Field House since Nov. 28, 1989. Five days later, the Bulldogs complete a two-game homestand when they square off against Florida Christian. The Dogs complete the first month of action with a road game at High Point on Nov. 26.

For more information on Bulldog Basketball, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics at www.CitadelSports.com.

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