LUBBOCK, Texas (October 21, 2013) – Lubbock Christian men's basketball welcomes seven new players to head coach Todd Duncan's 2013-14 roster. The group features transfers Jeremy Ford and Tyler Rogers along with five freshman in Marcus Arrington, Lucas Schuster, Kaelen Mitchell, Isaac Cardona and Ondrej Gargula.
Ford has one year of eligibility remaining for the Chaps, playing his final year as a graduate student after receiving his undergraduate degree from USC-Upstate. The 5-11 guard appeared in six games for the Spartans. Prior to his time at Upstate, Ford played one year at Cleveland State Community College, competing in each of the Cougars' 25 games and earning the team's sportsmanship award. Ford played his freshman season at Livingstone College, appearing in 18 games for the Blue Bears and making four starts.
Sophomore Rogers returns to Lubbock after one season at Abilene Christian. The 6-2 guard appeared in 16 games with one start, averaging 10.1 minutes, 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. He scored a season-high 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting versus Rollins and pulled down a season-best seven rebounds against Texas A&M-Commerce. Rogers graduated in 2012 from Frenship High School where he was a three-year letterwinner, serving as team captain as a senior and led his team to a 31-4 overall record. He averaged 16.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game and was a 2011-12 All-State, Region, South Plains and District honoree and made the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal 2011-12 All-City First Team.
Arrington comes to the Chaps from Carlsbad, N.M., as a product of Carlsbad High School. The 5-10 guard averaged 15.2 points, 3.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds during his senior season. He scored over 30 points three times last season and led the Cavemen with 425 points. Arrington earned First Team District 4-5A honors as well as being named to the All-District Academic team his senior year.
Schuster, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 13.7 points and 5.5 rebounds last season for Frenship High School, helping the Tigers to a 27-10 record while shooting 52 percent from the field. He was named First Team all-District 4-4A, First Team All-City and 5A-4A All-South Plains squads while earning a spot on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's All-City First Team. Schuster was also named to the District 4-4A All-District First Academic Team.
Mitchell joins LCU from San Diego, Calif., where the 6-4 guard averaged 15.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists for Helix High School. He was named to the Grossmont Hills San Diego Section All-League First Team and participated in the East County All-Star Game.
Cardona, from Port Lavaca, Texas, led Calhoun High School to the first regional tournament appearance in six years while scoring 19 points and hauling in 11.5 rebounds per game. The 6-4 forward was the 30-4A MVP his senior season.
Gargula hails from Prague, Czech, competing at Atchison County High School in Effingham, Kan., as an exchange student in 2010-11. The 6-5 forward averaged 10.3 points and 10.3 rebounds for the Tigers. He joins the Chaps after spending time back in Czech to earn his diploma.
The Chaps begin their first year competing within the NCAA's Division II Heartland Conference, tipping off the 2012-14 season at home versus non-conference opponent Open Bible College on November 15 at 7 p.m.