NOTE: After the release of this story, Jerard Moret decided not to attend Xavier.
Gold Rush remembers the Titans on recruiting trail
For immediate release . . . April 11, 2007
NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana has signed forwards
Jarrel Lake and Jerard Moret, both of Los Angeles, to men's basketball
scholarships for the 2007-08 school year, Coach Dannton Jackson announced
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Lake and Moret are transfers from Cal State Fullerton, an NCAA Division
I college, and both will compete as sophomores for the Gold Rush during
the 2007-08 season. They were teammates at Los Angeles' Westchester
High School, which won state, city and league championships in 2003 and
"Both Jarrel and Jerard will make an immediate impact for us next
season," Jackson said. "They have significant experience — both in Division
I and on two state-championship teams — and they will compliment our nucleus
of returning players who took us to the sweet 16 of the NAIA National
Lake, 6-foot-8 and 225 pounds, played in four games for Cal State
Fullerton in 2006-07 and averaged 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds. He scored 13
points and grabbed seven rebounds in 20 minutes, including five points
and five rebounds in the Titans' opener. At Westchester he averaged
double figures in scoring and rebounding.
"Jarrel is a versatile player," Jackson said. "He could play several
different positions next season."
Moret (6-5, 215) averaged 3.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 23 games for
Cal State Fullerton in 2005-06. Moret had eight points and nine rebounds
in his collegiate debut against Pepperdine and had high games of 13 and 11
points. As a senior at Westchester he averaged 17 points, was a
consensus first-team All-Western League selection and teamed with Lake to lead
the Comets to a 25-3 record and their second state championship
in three years.
"Jerard is big and strong and defends extremely well," Jackson said.
Westchester is the same school which produced NBA players Hassan Adams
(New Jersey Nets) and Trevor Ariza (Orlando Magic). Another Westchester
alum, Amir Johnson, played for the Detroit Pistons earlier this
Xavier was 22-10 this past season, earned a share of the Gulf Coast
Athletic Conference regular-season championship and won 10 consecutive
GCAC games for the first time in 20 years. The Gold Rush played in the
NAIA tourney for a program-record third consecutive time and upset
third-seeded Georgetown (Ky.) 82-79 in the opening round for its first
NAIA tourney victory since 1973. Xavier next season will return 10 of
11 lettermen, including point guard Shaun Dumas, a third-team NAIA
All-American, and shooting guard Mark Stewart, who made a Xavier-record 109
3-pointers and was third-team All-Louisiana.