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HONOLULU – Chaminade University men’s basketball coach Eric Bovaird announced Wednesday the 10 members of the recruiting class who will join the Silverswords for the 2022-23 season.
Braden Olsen is a graduate transfer after playing the past two seasons at fellow Division II member Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. A native of West Linn, Oregon, Olsen primarily came off the bench in 2021-22 but still scored at a 12.2 per game clip, fourth-best on the team, and dished out 3.2 assists which was second. In his first game as a Golden Knight on Jan. 21, 2021, he dropped 12 assists against Kentucky State. The 6-foot guard began his collegiate career at Seattle Pacific University, totaling 377 points, 132 rebounds and 111 assists in three seasons for the Falcons.
Forward Jalen Brattain is a transfer from Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas. The 6-8 native of Shallowater, Texas, played in 21 games with three starts last season, posting averages of 7.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while shooting at a near 51 percent clip. He not only helped the Chapparals capture the Lone Star Conference title but maintain the No. 1 spot in the NABC Division II Coaches Poll for much of the season. Brattain also played in all three games during LCU’s O’ahu trip last November, totaling 15 points and four boards. Against the Silverswords, he posted three points and two rebounds. Brattain will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Kameron Ng comes to Chaminade as a transfer from island rival University of Hawai’i Hilo. The 6-foot guard from Honolulu played 27 games with three starts for the Vulcans this past season, averaging 6.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per outing. His 45 assists were third on the team and fifth in steals (22) and made 3-pointers (19). Ng, a two-time Hawai’i Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year at Saint Francis High School in Honolulu, began his collegiate career at Division I University of Hawai’i, playing 15 games in his two years with the Rainbow Warriors from 2019 to ’21. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Ng will sit out this coming year and will be eligible for competition with the ‘Swords for the 2023-24 season.
Scott Ator is a 6-8 forward junior college transfer from the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, where he helped the Giants advance to the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) semifinals this past March, averaging nearly 10 points and seven rebounds per game, shooting at a 56.7 percent clip and 29-of-54 (53.7 percent) from 3-point range. The native of Murphy, Texas, Ator was a 2021-22 honorable mention All-Central Valley Conference selection and was also named to the CVC All-Defensive Team.
Chris Bready is a transfer from New Mexico Military Institute, a two-year college, in Roswell, New Mexico, where he earned All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference honors. The 6-5 guard helped the Broncos to an 18-13 record this past season and a semifinal berth in the junior college Region V Tournament. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native posted 13.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game during his sophomore season at NMMI and in 31 games, went to the free throw line a whopping 153 times, making 126 for an 82.4 percent clip. He was ranked the 49th best player in the JUCO Recruiting Top 100 rankings.
Another junior college transfer is Dorian Harris, a 6-6 forward from Cerritos College in Norwalk, California. The Cerritos native is a two-time All-South Coast Conference first team selection and earned first team all-state honors as a sophomore last season after helping Cerritos capture the conference’s South Division title. Harris averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds last year. His 96 made 3-pointers rank eighth all-time in school history and has two years of eligibility at Chaminade.
Carson Frawley is a 6-5 guard from Camas High School in Camas, Washington. A 4A Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (WIBCA) all-state selection and a 4A Greater St. Helens League co-MVP, Frawley set a school single-game records with 44 points while tying another with 10 3-pointers. He also broke the Camas single-season 3-point mark with 57.
Brycen Shackelford is a 6-5 forward from Folsom High School in Folsom, California, where he was a two-time Sacramento Bee All-Metro honoree. Shackleford closed out his high school career as the Sierra Foothill Most Valuable Player after leading Folsom in points, rebounds and assists while shooting 42 percent from 3-point range.
Niko Fotopoulos is an incoming freshman from Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle. He attended St. Thomas More, a preparatory school, in Connecticut this past season after his high school graduation to gain more experience.
Another incoming freshman is Lloyer Driggs, a 5-11 guard from Idaho Falls, Idaho. As a senior at Thunder Ridge High School, he averaged 24 points, four rebounds and nearly four assists per game in 2021, earning him all-state and conference player of the year honors. Driggs originally signed with Division I Tarleton State in Stephenville, Texas but, due to an illness, never played for the Texans.
The Silverswords will open the season with three exhibition games in the United States Midwest during early November. The exhibitions and full 2022-23 schedule will be released at a future date.