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Lopes Add 3 More to 2016 Recruiting Class

Basketball_Default(Lamar, Colorado; June 17, 2016)  Lamar Community College Head Men’s Basketball Coach Serg Fenerci recently announced the addition of three more athletes to 2016 recruiting class: Elijah Lufile, Tugay Balyan, and Justin Holliday. 

Elijah Lufile, 6’8”-245 Power Forward from Ontario, Canada. Elijah attended Jean Vanier Catholic High School in Milton, Ontario, about 30 minutes outside of Toronto.  Elijah averaged 20 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks a game. Elijah also played for one of most prestigious club teams in Ontario, the Northern Kings. “Elijah is a very skilled forward, where he can do multiple things in offense, such us shooting from outside the arc, very good face up game, and good post moves on the block. He is also a great rebounder on the both ends of the floor, and adds a physical defensive presence. We are excited to add Elijah to our roster” said head coach Sercan Fenerci.

Tugay Balyan, 6’7”- 235 Wing Forward from Istanbul, Turkey. Tugay attended two of the most well-known prep schools in the northeast United States, Mt. Zion Academy (Baltimore, MD) and Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, MA), two prep schools known for producing multiple high level players year in and year out. Tugay shot 46 percent from 3-point range, while averaging 14 points and 7 rebounds a game. Coach Fenerci’s thoughts on Balyan: “Tugay is a skilled and strong forward, where he can stretch the floor with his outstanding 3-point shooting ability, he rebounds and defends very well with his positioning skill and physical presence. We are thrilled to have a player of his caliber.”

Justin Holliday, 6’3” – 190 Combo Guard from Marietta, GA. Justin attended South Cobb High School, just 30 minutes outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Justin averaged 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists a game. “He is what we call stat-sheet filler. He is an all-around player” said Justin’s high school coach Gregory Moultrie. “He is an athletic and lengthy player who can knock down outside shots and contest shots on the defensive end. He is very good at getting to the basket and finishing. Justin is an unselfish player who has great court awareness. We are very pleased to sign Justin,” said Coach Fenerci.

“We are in the process of adding a couple more players to the 2016 class this summer to complete our roster,” said Coach Fenerci.  “I am very excited about our roster this year. We have high quality returners and incoming freshmen this year. We plan on adding more to last year’s success.”

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