After a strong run at Fullerton College, Dieter Horton moved over to Antelope Valley College. Horton likes the situation at AVC as his first season approaches.
"We've got some guys. There's no doubt we've got some guys," Horton told JucoJunction. "We got lucky and blessed with a few things. Where do I start?"
Let's start with Adeola Dagunduro, a talented guard who will start the official visit process this weekend.
"He goes to Marshall this weekend," Horton said. "He has been offered by Ball State and he will take a trip there probably in a couple of weeks. Marshall is in love with him. They want him bad."
Pepperdine and Colorado State were also on the AVC campus on Thursday to watch Dagunduro. Another Marauder the Rams were hoping to see was 6-foot-9 Chawn Johnson, a transfer from Montana State University.
"He has a Big 12 body," Horton said. "He is really athletic and bouncy. Talent-wise, he is unbelievably solid."
In addition to CSU, Charlotte will be in next week to check out Johnson and Wyoming is recruiting him as well. Johnson got a redshirt season at MSU last year after tearing his meniscus, so he will go somewhere with three years to play. Out of high school, Johnson was a McDonald's all-America nominee and was recruited by the likes of Auburn, Nebraska, Utah and Iowa State.
Joining Johnson in the AVC frontcourt will be 6-foot-8 Rafael Harris, who will play both the four and the five this season.
"Pepperdine likes him. He is a long, rangy athlete," Horton said. "Cal-State Bakersfield was in yesterday and loved him. Their head coach is going to come back."
There are at least two other players worth watching this season. Marcellus Robertson has to go Division II and Horton says some of that level's top programs are interested.
The marquee name in the freshman class is Jacobe Shannon. Shannon played high school ball in Glen Oaks, Louisiana withRyan Francis, the Southern Cal player who was murdered last year. Trojans head coach Tim Floyd tipped Horton to Shannon's ability and Shannon landed at Antelope Valley. Horton says Floyd calls him now and again to find out how Shannon is doing, but he is by no means a USC placement.