RIVERSIDE --- Rick Croy, new CBU men’s basketball head coach, wasted little time landing the first pieces of his first recruiting class in prep standouts Michael Smith and Ryan Berg.
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As a 2013 senior, Smith averaged 23.3 points and 10.1 rebounds at El Camino High in South San Francisco, leading his team to a Peninsula Athletic League championship, a runner-up finish in the Central Coast Section championships and the quarterfinals in the Northern Bracket of the CIF Division II State Tournament. Smith scored 28 points in the quarterfinal loss to top-seed Dublin.A 6-4 lefty, Smith was named Central Coast Section Player of the Year and Peninsula Athletic League MVP by the league’s coaches, Prep2Prep and MaxPreps. He was also a Division II All-State second team selection by MaxPreps and Cal-Hi. Three different newspapers put Smith on their postseason lists, including the San Mateo Daily Journal, which named him Player of the Year, and the San Jose Mercury News, which put him on their first team for the second straight year.
Smith was named MVP of two in-season tournaments and earned Cal-Hi Player of the Week honors and was nominated for Cal-Hi Player of the Year.
“We are truly excited about the addition of Michael to the CBU family,” said Croy. “He is a dynamic player, but more importantly, he is a great young man with superb character. The culture of excellence here at CBU is going to be strengthened by Michael Smith.”
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Meanwhile, Berg was an All-State first team selection at Saguaro High in Scottsdale, Ariz. A dynamic scorer and shooter, Berg led all of Division II in the state in scoring and finished second in school history in career points and career 3-pointers made. He led the Sabercats in scoring, averaging 20 points per game, shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc. The Sabercats advanced to the second round of the state tournament for the second straight year.
Berg, a four-year varsity starter, was all-city first team and all-section first team. He also earned all-section first team as a 2012 junior after averaging 20.8 points and leading the Sabercats to a 22-9 finish and a second round appearance in the state playoffs.
“Ryan is an exceptional young man that will do great things on and off the floor,” said Croy. “Our staff is thrilled by the fact that we will get to compete with him daily. There is no doubt that the CBU family will be better because Ryan Berg is a part of it.”