Fort Lewis College graduated a pair of guards, a forward and a center from last year’s roster.
Enter: a point guard, a shooter and a forward.
FLC signed Jacob Gondrezick, Nick Tomsick and Shane Jensen to national letters of intent to help ease the losses of seniors Matt Billups, Louis Labate, Josh Cassaday and Matt Morris.
Gondrezick shares an interesting history with FLC men’s basketball head coach Bob Hofman.
Gondrezick’s dad, Gale Gondrezick, played at the University of Utah from 1984-87. His late uncle, Glen Gondrezick, played six years in the NBA for the New York Knicks (1977-79) and Denver Nuggets (1979-1983) after a Hall of Fame career at UNLV.
Hofman coached at Fairview High School in the late 1970s, early ’80s while Gale Gondrezick played at intracity rival Boulder High School.
“Jacob comes from a great basketball family and a tremendous high school basketball program,” Hofman said in a news release to The Durango Herald. “He has great leadership skills, which is essential at the point guard position.
“We are thrilled to have Jacob joining our basketball program.”
Gondrezick, a 6-foot point guard, started two years at Judge Memorial Catholic High in Salt Lake City, Utah. He averaged 10 points per game his junior year and 16 points per game his senior year. He was second-team all-state last year, Region 10 MVP and a starter in Utah’s 3A all-star game.
Gondrezick also shot a 3A Utah-best 52 percent from behind the 3-point line last year.
“He is a young point guard with a very high basketball IQ and is extremely competitive,” Hofman said.
That should pair nicely in the Skyhawks’ backcourt with Tomsick, a Broomfield High School alumnus and North Platte Community College transfer.
Tomsick, a 6-1 shooting guard, ranked third in the nation in the junior college ranks with 22.3 points per game last season and shot 39 percent from behind the 3-point arc.
At Broomfield, he played three years of varsity ball and reached the final four twice. He was all-state his junior year before transferring to Arizona, where he led another team to the state final four and earned another all-state nod.
“We are very fortunate to add a player of Nick’s caliber to our program,” Hofman said. “Nick will be a wonderful fit in our system. We all know Nick can score the ball, but what excites us most is his determination to be successful.”
Last but certainly not least, Jensen was the leading scorer in last year’s CHSAA Class 5A Boys Basketball State Championships. He played every minute and scored 29 points in Arapahoe High School’s overtime loss in the state championship game.
Jensen played four years of varsity ball – one at Valor Christian in the program’s first year (Valor Christian reached the state tournament that year) and three at Arapahoe.
“Shane has great work ethic and has improved each year, cumulating into the unbelievable senior season that he had at Arapahoe,” Hofman said.
As a sophomore, Jensen’s Arapahoe team won the Centennial League, reached the elite eight of the state tournament and finished 22-4.
As a junior, Jensen’s Arapahoe team repeated in the Centennial, reached the final four and finished 25-2.
As a senior, Jensen averaged 19.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. He had 74 assists, 60 blocked shots and was named to The Denver Post All-Colorado Class 5A First Team.
During his three years at Arapahoe, the Warriors went 72-9, won three Centennial League crowns with a 40-2 mark in conference play and were undefeated (35-0) at home.
“We have a tradition of recruiting successful student-athletes from the state of Colorado that come from winning programs,” said Hofman, the Skyhawks’ 16-year veteran bench boss. “Shane will fit in very well here and be a key member of our team as we move into the future.”