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Around The Big West: Cal Poly
SLO Signs Four--(Nov. 20, 2002)

We noted earlier this week that Cal Poly SLO had not issued any press releases announcing the signings of any of the guys who committed earlier this fall, and no sooner does that statement get posted and we then receive a copy of the Cal Poly press release announcing the signings of four National Letters of Intent from Zach Thurow and John Manley both from Minnesota,  Tyler McGinn from Arizona, and JUCO transfer point guard Kameron Gray.  Here's the press release issued which, although it's dated Nov. 15, didn't hit the internet until....well, we're not sure when it was posted, but what difference does it make, it's here now: 

CAL POLY MEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNS FOUR

(11/15/02) The Cal Poly Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the signing of Zach Thurow, John Manley, Kameron Gray and Tyler McGinn to national letters of intent to enroll and participate in intercollegiate men's basketball at the university. Director of Athletics John McCutcheon and head coach Kevin Bromley made the announcement today. 

ZACH THUROW
6-10, 250 lbs. Center
Minneapolis, MN / South High School
Led South High School to a 22-4 record last season.. Ranked fifth in state in preseason poll... AAU teammate of fellow signee John Manley... Traveled France and Switzerland as a sports ambassador for the USA... 

Kevin Bromley on Thurow "Zach is one of the best big men in the state of Minnesota and gives us size and strength that we will need to compete in the Big West."

Thurow on Cal Poly "Every aspect of Cal Poly impressed me, academically and athletically." 

JOHN MANLEY
6-8, 220 lbs. Forward
Minnetonka, MN / Minnetonka HS
Averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds as a junior at Minnetonka High School... All-State Honorable Mention and All-Conference as a junior... Four-year letterwinner... Same high school as current Mustang Shane Schilling... 

Kevin Bromley on Manley "John is a highly recruited player and good offensive player. He gives us the inside/outside player that we have had success with in the past like Chris Bjorkland and David Henry."

Manley on Cal Poly "After my first visit to Cal Poly, I knew it was the perfect fit for me and it was where I definitely wanted to go."

TYLER McGINN
6-5, 200 lbs. Forward
Gilbert, AZ / Mesquite HS
Scored 15.7 points per game and averaged 6.7 rebounds per game junior year at Mesquite High School... team was 23-8 and ranked in the top-eight all season... First-Team All-Region... attended ABCD showcase camp in New Jersey... 

Kevin Bromley on McGinn "Tyler is a player that has a chance to be Mr. Basketball in Arizona. He is very athletic and versatile like Brandon Beeson. He can shoot and rebound very well."

McGinn on Cal Poly "Everyone I came in contact with was very friendly and the basketball program has got a great future, the area and the community are great."

KAMERON GRAY 
6-1, 170 lbs. PG
Fremont, CA / Chabot College
Averaged 15 points, 6.1 assists and 2.7 steals in his one season at Chabot and was a California Community College First-Team All-State selection... Ranked No. 11 in the state in assists and 18th in the state in steals... led team to a 31-7 record and the quarterfinals of the state tournament.... He was ranked as the number-one returning point guard at California Junior Colleges... Gray will sit out this year and enter Cal Poly as a sophomore... 

Kevin Bromley on Gray "Kameron is the best JC point guard in the state of California. We are very excited to get a quality player and young man to fill the shoes of seniors Steve Geary and Jason Allen. He will be a great leader."

Gray on Cal Poly "I chose Cal Poly for many reasons, first of all, earning a degree from Cal Poly would open up many opportunities for me in my life time. These opportunities will help not only myself but also my son and family. In terms of basketball, I liked their style of play and I feel there is an opportunity to play and contribute right away. I want to be an impact player next year. Finally, I appreciated the way I was recruited at Cal Poly, I could tell that the coaches really cared about me as a person."

Head Coach Kevin Bromley on the recruiting class. "This is a very good recruiting class. They are the type of young men that will fill in right away and yet have the work ethic to make sure they get better during their careers here at Cal Poly. The community of San Luis Obispo will enjoy watching them over the next four years."

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