Matt Totaro, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior from Horizon Christian School in Hood River, is the latest prep recruit to make a commitment to playing basketball next winter at Linfield College.
First-year Linfield coach Shanan Rosenberg announced Totaro's firm intention to enroll, noting his recruit meets the college's academic requirements and has paid his matriculation fee through the Linfield admission office. He joins point guard James Sandovol of Reno, Nev., in the 2014-15 recruiting class.
“Matt is a very versatile and athletic player who can play and guard multiple positions with his rare combination of size, skill, athleticism and high IQ,” said Rosenberg. “I believe Matt possesses tremendous temperament for competition and is at his best in big moments."
As a freshman, Totaro helped Horizon capture the District 2 championship and earn a fifth-place finish at the 2011 Class 1A state tournament. An honorable mention all-district selection, Totaro was chosen as the Horizon Christian's Defensive Player of the Year following his rookie campaign.
The following season, Horizon won both the district and state championship as Totaro received the Hawks' Offensive Player of the Year award to go along with second team all-Big Sky League recognition.
Elected team captain as a junior, Totaro again led the Hawks to a district title as well as a runner-up finish at the 1A state tournament. He received first team all-league and first team all-state honors in addition to Player of the Game recognition in all three of HCS's state playoff games.
As a senior this winter, Totaro averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds per game for Horizon (17-1), which is ranked No. 1 in the Class 1A classification.
Totaro was a nominee for the 2013 Prep Basketball Player of the Year Award, presented to the top players in Oregon and spanning the Class 1A through 6A levels.
"Matt is going to have a huge impact on Linfield basketball,” said Rosenberg. “And I expect Linfield Basketball and our Linfield community to have a huge impact on him.”
A solid all-around student, Totaro maintains a 3.95 grade point average, serves as school treasurer, and is involved in his church, St. Mary's of Hood River.
“Matt also comes from an outstanding and supportive family and he is an exceptional student,” said Rosenberg. “I really look forward to coaching Matt and helping him thrive at Linfield.”
'Rare combination of size, skill, athleticism and high IQ'
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