Cal Baptist signs JC basketball duo

California Baptist University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Tim Collins has announced the signing of two junior college standouts–Tom Schumacher (Cuesta College) and Kelly Johnson (Citrus College).
 
The duo joins prep standouts Luke Evans (El Camino High) and Josh Barrett (Vista Murrieta High) in the Lancers’ 2009-10 recruiting class.
 
Schumacher, a 6-5 wing and once the leading-scorer of the Luxembourg National Team, became the first player in the history of the Cuesta program to be named Western States Conference North Division Player of the Year after leading the Cougars to a 24-11 mark and a conference title. The Cougars, who were ranked as high as No. 7, advanced to the playoffs, but lost in the opening round.
 
In his lone season at Cuesta, he was second in the conference in scoring with 18.5 points and also averaged 2.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He also shot 40.6 percent from beyond the arc and was second in the state with 115 3-pointers.
 
He had 13 20-point games, including a season-high 37 points in a win over Santa Barbara. He also added 28 points in a win over Ventura and seven times he led the Cougars in rebounding. Schumacher, whose scoring average increased to 20.1 points per game in conference-play, was also named 2009 All-State.
 
Schumacher was teammates with former Lancer Peter Rajniak (2005-06) on the Luxembourg National Team. He will have three seasons of eligibility.
 
“Tom is an excellent offensive player who can pass and score,” said Collins. “We believe he will make an immediate impact. He is a mature basketball player with a positive attitude, and we are excited about his potential to become one of the best wings in the conference.”
 
Johnson, meanwhile, played two seasons at state power Citrus College. In two seasons, Johnson played in all 69 games, starting 33 of them as the Owls went a combined 63-6, won two conference titles and a state title in his two seasons. As a point guard, he averaged 4.28 points in his career and dished out 225 assists (3.26 avg.), more than any other player on the team.
 
This past season, Johnson averaged 5.7 points and was second on the team with 120 assists. He also averaged 22.2 minutes per game; second most on a team that had 11 players average double-digit minutes. Johnson also averaged 2.8 rebounds and was second on the tea m with 54 steals. The Owls finished 28-5, won their second straight Western State Conference South Division title and a second straight trip to the State Sweet 16 where they lost to eventual champion Riverside Community College.
 
As a 2008 freshman, Johnson appeared in all 36 games, starting 21 of them as the Owls won the state title. He averaged 3.0 points and 1.4 rebounds and dished out a team-high 105 assists (2.9 avg.). Johnson prepped at Pomona High.
 
“Kelly is a true leader and will lead by example,” said Collins. “His work ethic is fantastic, and his explosiveness and ability to see the floor will be obvious the first day of practice. He is a fine Christian young man, coming from one of the top junior college programs in the state and is a quality student and player.”
 
CBU finished 22-9 overall in 2009, advancing to the GSAC Tournament Semifinals for the second straight year. The Lancers were ranked No. 5 in the NAIA Top 25 Preseason Poll and after a 7-0 start were ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history. It was their third straight 20-win season.