Linfield Wildcats

April 25, 2014
Talented foursome headed to Linfield
Adding to his stable of top-notch recruits, Linfield College men's basketball coach Shanan Rosenberg has announced the commitment of four more future Wildcats: Trevor Howard of Salem, Ore., Austin Murray (Jr., Silverdale, Wash.) of Silverdale, Wash., Connor Sende of El Dorado Hills, Calif., and Chase Walker of Missoula, Mont.
All four high school seniors have declared their intention to enroll at Linfield in the fall. Each recruit has met the college's academic requirements and paid his matriculation fee through the Linfield admission office.
“I am thrilled these young men have committed to Linfield College and I am honored to have the responsibility of coaching them – I'm very optimistic about future of Linfield basketball,” said Rosenberg. “They will be a part of an outstanding recruiting class chock full of talented, spirited, intelligent, dedicated and competitive young men.”
Trevor Howard
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A three-year varsity starter at Salem's Blanchet Catholic, Howard led the Cavaliers to a 22-6 overall record, including 16-0 in the PacWest Conference. A 6-3 shooting guard, his high school accolades include all-league, all-region, all-state, and all-state tournament recognition. He was named the Class 3A Oregon State Championships Player of the Game and was recognized by his teammates as Blanchet's most valuable player.
He was chosen for a spot on the West team for the upcoming Oregon Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Basketball Series.
In high school, he averaged 16.6 points per game while leading the Cavaliers in three-point percentage.
An academic all-state honoree, Trevor is a member of the National Honor Society and intends to study applied physics at Linfield with an eye toward a career in engineering.
"Trevor is another outstanding addition to our talented 2014-15 recruiting class,” said Rosenbeg. “He is a dynamic and confident shooter that can finish in a variety of ways. His ability to stretch a defense as well as attack the interior of a defense with the bounce and pass will be a huge asset for our team.”
Austin Murray (Jr., Silverdale, Wash.)
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Murray is a versatile 6-foot-6, 215-pound post player from Central Kitsap High School in Silverdale, Wash.
As a senior at Central Kitsap, Murray served as team captain and was selected by his teammates and coaches as the Cougars' most valuable player and rebounder of the year. He averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots per game while earning second team all-Narrows League honors. The Kitsap Sun newspaper included him among its boys “Super Six” all-star group. Following graduation, Murray was selected to the West Sound All-Star Classic, as well as the Cloud 9 all-star game.
In addition to playing AAU basketball with the Westside Hoops club team, Murray was a goalkeeper for the Tracyton Soccer Club.
Academically, Murray received the CKHS Academic Excellence Award and the President's Award for Academic Achievement. In his spare time, he served the needs of local youth through his church.
“Austin is another great addition to an outstanding recruiting class and will have an immediate impact on our program with his combination of size, strength, tenacity, court IQ and skill,” said Rosenberg. “He is a dominant interior and rebounding presence who has an outstanding motor and plays with great passion and intensity.”
Chase Walker
Walker was a four-year varsity performer, graduating from  Missoula Sentinel High School after three years as a starter at Corvallis (Mont.) High School.
Walker twice earned all-conference honors and is a four-time academic all-state selection. As a junior, he averaged 11.7 points per game while ranking second in the conference in rebounding with seven rebounds per game. As a senior, he averaged 12.8 points per contest to rank sixth in the conference in scoring.
Academically, he participated in the National Honor Society and Key Club.
"At 6-5 and athletic, Chase is a terrific shooter and rebounder whose best years are yet to come,” said Rosenberg. “Chase will add height, versatility, competitiveness and skill to our lineup. I am very excited about helping Chase develop a successful collegiate career at Linfield.  Plus, he likes to fly fish, so we will have much to discuss beyond the court."
Connor Sende
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Sende is a three-year letterman from Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, Calif. As a senior team captain, he was a first-team all-Delta River League selection. He helped the Trojans to three consecutive Division I Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths.
Sende is an excellent student who intends to major in environmental science at Linfield.
"Connor's versatility, speed, skill and athleticism at 6-7 make him quite a threat on the court,” said Rosenberg. “I have no doubt Connor's best years are ahead of him and I really look forward to guiding him toward that potential. He has a knack for rebounding and attacks the rim with terrific aggression, and also shoots the three very well.”
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Clockwise from upper left:
Chase Walker, Trevor Howard, Connor Sende, Austin Murrary