ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Men's basketball head coach Mark Schmidt announced the signing of sophomore guard Charlon Kloof to an athletics grant in aid on Thursday. Kloof will have three years of remaining eligibility with the Bonnies.
A native of Paramaribo, Suriname, the 6-foot-3 point guard played one season at Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina before spending last year at Canarias Basketball Academy, a prep school in Spain's Canary Islands.
"The situation the program is in - they just keep getting better and better," said Kloof via phone from the Netherlands. "I like people who want to get better, that's what excites me most [about the Bonnies], and hopefully I'll get better too."
Kloof's 2010-11 season at CBA in Spain included stateside tournaments at Seton Hall and Rhode Island, among others, in addition to international play.
While at Guilford in 2009-10, Kloof posted season averages of 12.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game while shooting 53 percent from the floor in 24 games.
"We're getting an athletic, scoring guard, who has a great ability to defend: quick, aggressive, strong and can push the ball," said Schmidt on the newest memeber of the Bonnies. "He's somebody that's a little bit older, mature, has played a lot of basketball, someone that's really excited to come over here and play in the states. He's somebody that I think fits what we're trying to do."
The sophomore completes an impactful recruiting class that includes freshman G Jordan Gathers, junior F Chris Johnson, junior G Eric Mosley and freshman C Youssou Ndoye. The Bonnies, who finished last season with the school's first winning record and postseason berth since 2002-03, return four of five starters including All-America candidate Andrew Nicholson.