Citadel basketball head coach Chuck Driesell announced on Monday that Tom Koopman and Warren Sledge signed their National Letter of Intent to join the Bulldog basketball program.
The combination joins previous signees Nate Bowser and Brian White for a total of four future cadet-student-athletes in the fall of 2013-14.
Koopman joins the Bulldogs from Weert, Germany, where he averaged 16 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per contest for his Basketball Academy of Limburg program. Over the course of his career the 6-8, 210-pound Koopman played in the Premier League Basketball's U16, U18 and U20 squads where he faced off against competition from Austria, China, England, Germany and Israel.
In 2009-10 his U16 team reached the Final Four of the Premier League and finished the season ranked third. This past season Koopman led his U20 Premier League team to the Final Four and a third place showing.
"I was very impressed with his overall skill at this stage of his game," said Driesell. "He has outstanding fundamentals, and it appears that he has been given some good instruction while growing up in the Netherlands. What impressed me most about him was his post presence and with the loss of Mike Grosellewe will need some more support in that area. He enjoys playing defense, something we look for him to be able to do right away."
Sledge gives The Citadel added depth in the backcourt with his 6-3, 180-pound frame. A three-year starter at Keller Central (Texas) High School, Sledge is 6-3 and 180 lbs. As a senior he averaged 12 points, 5.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. Known as a solid defender, Sledge drew 43 charges in three years, including a team-high 16 as a junior.
Last season Sledge averaged 9.2 points, 8.3 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals per game while drawing 42 charges as the point guard for Future Prep Academy in California. He converted 48 percent of his shots from the floor, 43 percent from beyond the arc and was effective 82 percent of the time from the free throw line. Along with notching eight triple-doubles, Sledge dished out double-digit assists in 26 contests. He was named to the West Coast Championship all-tournament team after averaging 12.2 points, 10.4 assists and 7.2 rebounds as Future Prep Academy captured the tournament championship.
"I am looking forward to coaching Warren because he has a great understanding of the game," said Driesell. "As the son of a coach he comes to us with great experience and confidence. He has worked hard on being a solid player in all areas and has shown the ability to lead a team at the point guard position. What I liked most was his dedication to defense. He will be a great addition to our team and The Citadel."
PREVIOUS 2013-14 BASKETBALL COMMITMENTS
Nate Bowser • 6-9 • 210 • Fort Worth Country Day • Fort Worth, Texas
Bowser hails from Fort Worth, Texas, where he is playing at Fort Worth Country Day. He finished the 2011-12 season by averaging 9.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game. The three-year starter at FWCD also finished with a 56.7% field goal percentage, capping his season with all-conference, all-zone and Most Improved Player honors.
Brian White • 6-6 • 180 • John Marshall High School • Richmond, Va.
A 6-6, 180-pound forward from Richmond, Va., White joins The Citadel from Sports Quest Academy. He also drew interest from fellow Southern Conference schools Appalachian State and UNC Greensboro as well as Florida State, Iowa and Virginia.