Sat, 11/15/2008 - 03:51 — Press Release
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
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.