UM head coach Wayne Tinkle
June 11, 2013
The University of Montana Grizzlies went "down under" to wrap up their 2013-14 recruiting class, announced eighth-year UM head coach Wayne Tinkle today (Tuesday, June 11).
Jack Lopez, a 6-5, 210-pound shooting guard from Bankstown, Australia, has accepted a scholarship to play for the Grizzlies.
"Jack is a 6-5, athletic wing who can really shoot the ball, and I think that once he gets his feet wet he might be able to help us as a freshman," Tinkle said. "He has a ton of international experience, so he will add great maturity to our team even though he is a true freshman.
"We are excited to land a player of his caliber from Australia," Tinkle said. "This could open up some doors for us in the future. We are extremely happy to add Jack to our Grizzly basketball program."
Lopez played for the New South Wales (NSW) Under 20 National Team in 2012 and 2013, which finished third and second, respectively. He also played on the NSW Under 18 Nationals team, which won the championship in 2011.
"I'm really excited about signing with the University of Montana," said Lopez, who attended The Jannali High School in Australia. "It is an amazing school with a great basketball program, and I am looking forward to being a part of it."
Lopez is one of five new players, including three prep recruits who have accepted scholarships to play for the Grizzlies starting in the 2013-14 season.
The Grizzlies have also added 6-0 point guard Mario Dunn Jr. and 6-4 two-guard Brandon Gfeller, who signed early National Letters of Intent in November of 2012. UM recently inked 6-7 junior college forward Chris Kemp from West Texas State College, and 6-8 forward Martin Breunig is transferring to UM from the University of Washington.
"I think this has shaped up to be a very good recruiting class," Tinkle said. "I love the character and maturity of this group."
GRIZ BB CLASS OF 2013-14
Player-----------Pos.---Ht.---Wt.---Yr.--Exp.--Hometown (Previous School)
**Martin Breunig--F---6-8---210---Jr.---TR---Leverkusen, Germany (U of Wash.)
Mario Dunn Jr.----G---6-0---170---Fr.---HS---Oakland, Calif. (Salesian HS)
Brandon Gfeller---G---6-4---180---Fr.---HS---Colfax, Wash. (Colfax HS)
Chris Kemp--------F---6-7---238---Jr.---JC---Baltimore, Md. (West Texas Col.)
Jack Lopez--------G---6-5---210---Fr.---HS---Bankstown, Australia (Jannali HS)
**=Will not be eligible until the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules
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