June 26, 2013

By Mark Cannon, TMC Men’s Basketball Team Manager

SANTA CLARITA, Calif.- Putting the finishing touches on the 2013-14 recruiting class, The Master’s College men’s basketball head coach Chuck Martin announces the005RCC_HOOPS2_1208slh.jpg signing of Dominique Lanier from Riverside City College.

“My expectations and desires for this upcoming season is to be the best player that I can be by allowing the coaching staff to develop me as a full well-rounded player.” said Lanier. “Academically, my desire is to further my education by earning a degree in Music. In addition, I am looking forward to having a fun and exciting season and giving God all the glory.”

The 6-4, 180-pound combo guard from Lakewood, California, prepped at Lakewood High School under head coach Matt Ruiz.  As a senior, Lanier averaged 14ppg, 6rpg, 4apg, and 2spg. Lanier was also named the squad’s MVP and earned a first team All-Moore League selection in his final campaign. The Mustangs’ newest signee also led the Moore League with 192 free throws attempted, and led the Lancers with 116 assists.

Lanier played two seasons for the Riverside CC Tigers under head coach John Smith. In the 2012-13 season, Lanier averaged 10ppg, 3rpg, and 3apg.  Lanier scored a season-high 23 points in a November 10 game against the Cougars of Lassen Community College, and dished out a season-high 10 assists in a January 18 game against the Dons of Santa Ana College.  Lanier earned first team All-Orange Empire League honors and was named as one of the top 100 junior college players in California.

Commenting on Lanier’s commitment to the Mustangs, coach Martin said, “We are extremely happy to finish this year’s recruiting class with a player the caliber of Dominique Lanier. We felt like we needed to add a true combo guard who could play the point but also play with a point guard like Derek Walters. Dominique is a versatile player who can score when needed but has a great ability to break down defenses and create opportunities for his teammates. He also is a big, strong athlete who is a tremendous individual defender.”

Further assessing on how Lanier will perform as a student at The Master’s College, coach Martin said, “As good a player as we think Dominique is, he is even a better Christian young man.  Like the other three kids in this recruiting class who will be great additions to the college, Dominique comes from a wonderful Christian family.”

The Master’s College men’s basketball team went 16-14 (5-9 GSAC) in 2012-13, and anticipates a strong 2013-14 campaign with the four new recruits signed in the offseason.

The Mustangs are slated to open their season November 4 in an exhibition game against the University of Alaska-Anchorage in the newly-renovated Bross Gymnasium.