Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Idaho Statesman on the Vandal roster

The Idaho Statesman today has some further information and insight on Don Verlin's Idaho roster this season. One player mentioned in the article-- Luiz de Toledo -- is not currently listed on the Vandal roster. He has an intriguing history, having signed with BYU out of high school.

But he never played for the Cougars, having then gone back home to Brazil supposedly to play professional basketball. How he then arrived in Canada is a mystery, as is his collegiate eligibility unless he wasn't paid for playing in Brazil or that opportunity never actually materialized. The kid is a major athlete who lacked much in the way of actual basketball skills while at Modesto Christian High (CA) as a senior in high school.

Idaho finalizes men's basketball roster, schedule
The Idaho Statesman
August 27, 2008

It has been a busy week for Idaho men's basketball coach Don Verlin, who finalized the Vandals' schedule and roster.

Idaho has a 15-player roster for the 2008-09 campaign, but three of the players are transferring from other colleges and won't be eligible to play until 2009-10.

The Vandals have added guard Steffan Johnson from Pacific, guard Marcus Lawrence from UNLV and forward Luiz de Toledo from St. Francis Xavier in Canada.

"All three kids bring different things to the program," Verlin said. "They are all good kids, and I recruited each one of them when I was at Utah State. When I got this job and they decided to transfer, I had that prior relationship..." Go here for the remainder.

Here one link and then another link about Toledo and BYU.

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