LMU Inks Two in Early Signing Period

November 14th, 2008
Los Angeles, CA ?- High school standouts Given Kalipinde (Episcopal High School ? Alexandria, Virg.) and Edgar Garibay (Compton High School ? Compton, Calif.) have signed National Letters of Intent to attend and play collegiate basketball for Loyola Marymount, Head Coach Bill Bayno announced on Friday. The pair completes the Lions commitments during the early signing period, joining Terrell Vinson (St. Frances Academy ? Baltimore, Mary.)  who signed on Wednesday.

"We are very excited with the three young men who will be joining our program," said Bayno. "All three are very athletic and have the potential to be great basketball players at LMU. With the young players we have heading into our current season, our two redshirts and with Terrell, Edgar and Given joining us next year, LMU basketball has the building blocks in place to do special things."

Kalipinde, a native of Zambia, Africa, came to Virginia in the fall of 2007 and made an instant impact. He became one of the IAC's best players as a junior on the court by averaging 19 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, 3.5 steals and two blocks for the Maroon. In a four-game winning streak that lifted the school to its best season in more than a decade, he averaged over 23 points. He was named Virginia All-State for his effort.

For Kalipinde, the formal commitment to LMU caps a whirlwind week the 6-3 guard will not soon forget. On Nov. 7 he scored two goals and had an assist to lead Episcopal boys' soccer to the Virginia State Championship. He was then named MVP of the state tournament and then a week later was named the Virginia State Co-Player of the Year. And he has done all of this being more than 8,000 miles from home.

"Given is an extremely gifted athlete who has really excelled despite only being in the United States for less than two years," said Bayno. "Given has been impressive in his ability to learn and gets better everyday. He will bring a lot to this program."

Kalipinde, who turned down scholarship offers by high NCAA Division I schools in soccer to play basketball, showed his athleticism in leading the Episcopal High School basketball team to the state playoffs in the winter of 2008 and then just a week ago leading the boys' soccer team to the state championship with a 4-0 win over Norfolk Academy. In less than eight months he was named to the Virginia All-State basketball team and was the Player of the Year in soccer.

As for Garibay, he is yet another highly rated player from a local southern California high school powerhouse to join LMU. The 6-10, 240-pound forward was one of the top-100 rated centers in the country by ESPNU and was an all-conference selection after averaging a double-double as a senior at Compton. He graduated in May and is spending this season at college prep school in Las Vegas.

"Edgar is a very physical player that uses his size very effectively and has good touch from long range for a post player," said Bayno. "He continues to make strides with his foot work on the post and he will give us a great presence under the basket."

Garibay finished his final season at Compton leading the team to a 24-6 record and a 12-0 mark in Moore League play. He averaged 13.6 points and 12.9 rebounds per game. Showing great touch, he shot 85 percent (142-for-167) from the field, including 6-for-10 from the three-point line.

On the season he had 18 double-doubles, including nine straight to end the season. Included in that stretch was a 12-point, 26-rebound performance in a 63-48 win over Long Beach Wilson. His career-high for points came in a 25-point, 14-rebound performance in a 72-69 win over Roosevelt of Seattle, Wash. In that win he went 9-for-10 from the field.

The 2008-09 squad will begin the regular season on Friday, Nov. 14 when they take on Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the World Vision Classic at Iowa State. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. (PT) and can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM and LMULions.com.