Northwest Notes May 13, 2019

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New time, place for

NIC Booster Club luncheon

COEUR d’ALENE — North Idaho College coaches will give previews on upcoming NWAC softball and golf region championships, updates on recruiting, and season recaps for all team sports at the final booster club luncheon of the school year.

For the first time, the luncheon will be held on a Wednesday (not the typical Tuesday). It will be held Wednesday at the Olive and Vine Eatery and Wine Bar at 2037 N. Main Street in Riverstone in Coeur d’Alene.

The booster club luncheon is open to the public attending the luncheon. The cost of lunch is not covered.

Information: nic.edu/athletics, 208-769-3348

Vandal men add pair

of JUCO hoops transfers

MOSCOW — Idaho men’s basketball coach Don Verlin recently announced the signing of junior college transfers Eric Mireri and Babacar Thiombane.

Mineri, a 6-foot-4 guard, played the last two seasons at the College of Marin in Kentfield, Calif. He led the Mariners at 13.1 points and 5.6 assists per game as a sophomore. Mireri, from Albany, Calif., improved his 3-point shooting from 29 percent as a freshman to nearly 39 percent as a sophomore. He also nearly tripled his assist total while cutting down on his turnovers by more than half a turnover per game.

“He is a tall guard that is very versatile,” Verlin said. “He really pushes the break, is able to find shooters and is a great post passer. What I like best about him is his communication on the floor. He makes sure the team is on the same page and defensively he spreads his knowledge to everyone on the floor. He will make our defense better just through his communication and leadership.”

Thiombane, a 6-8, 200-pound forward, played at East Los Angeles College last season, where he averaged 9.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. The Huskies finished 24-5, including a conference title and a trip to the SoCal playoffs. Thiombane shot 55.5 percent from the floor on the year, including 38 percent from 3.

Prior to East LA, Thiombane spent one season playing for Army at West Point. There, he appeared in 30 games, making one start, and finished the year averaging 1.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

“He knows how to play, in the sense that he’s a great team guy,” said John Mosely, his coach at East LA. “He has the skillset to handle the ball in full court or the short court and he can knock down open shots. He really is the modern-era ‘4’, that post player that everyone is looking for. He can shoot, handle the ball and has the ability to defend, I think, all five positions.”

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