Men’s Basketball Signs Five to Letters of Intent

June 01, 2010

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Men’s Basketball team has signed NJCAA Letters of Intent with five players for the 2010-2011 season.

·         BJ Asberry, a 6’5” forward, is a 2010 graduate of Park Center High School where he was a frequent starter for the Pirates.  “BJ is an explosive leaper with long arms and tremendous potential as a basketball player,” says head coach Ron Larson.  “He has the athletic ability to guard multiple positions on the defensive end and will be a versatile offensive player for the Golden Rams.”

·         Jonathan Baez, a 5’11” guard, is a 2010 graduate of Minneapolis Edison High School, who sat out most of his senior season due to a knee injury.  “Jonathan is another physically strong guard that can defend and absorb contact in the lane,” says Larson.  “He’s a natural leader which is a great quality to have as a point guard.”

·         Jamar Franks, a 6’0” guard, comes to Anoka-Ramsey from Minneapolis Community and Technical College where he averaged 5.6 points and 1.9 assists while starting numerous games as a freshman.  “We know a lot about Jamar since his high school days at Wayzata, and competing against him while he was at MCTC,” says assistant coach Rory Larson. “He is a strong guard who can really pressure the basketball and make it difficult for the other team to get into their offense.  His strength also allows him to get into the lane to create or finish around the basket.”

·         Dan Konz, a 6’7” forward, also comes to Anoka-Ramsey from Minneapolis Community and Technical College where he averaged 3.4 points and 1.3 rebounds while battling injuries throughout the season.  Konz connected on 35.7% of his three-point attempts as a freshman.  “Dan is an inside-outside threat with the strength to play around the basket, but he can also stretch the defense by knocking down perimeter shots,” says Larson.  “He’ll be a nice addition and give us the option of playing big with him at the 4 spot, or if we want to go smaller we can slide him to the post and spread the floor.”

·         Jake Ruhland, a 6’2” guard, is transferring to Anoka-Ramsey from Central Lakes College where he played football.  Ruhland is a 2009 Eden Valley-Watkins graduate.  “Jake is a smart player that can get out and run in transition and is a good shooter,” says Larson.  “He’ll give us a little more size on the perimeter and will fit in well with our other shooters.”

“This is a very strong group of players with a wide range of skills who should flourish in the up-tempo system we will be playing,” says Larson.  “We should also be a much improved defensive team as we have added some needed size, length and strength at every position.  Combining this group with our returners has us very excited about the upcoming season. We will have additional signees in the coming weeks, but this class of players gives us a great starting point for taking the next step in the development of Golden Ram Men’s Basketball into a premier program in the MCAC and NJCAA.”