Men’s Basketball Adds Trio to 2020-21 Roster
Athletics News Release | Lewis-Clark State College
LEWISTON, Idaho – The Lewis-Clark State Men’s Basketball team added three recruits to their already strong roster for the 2020-21 season, announced Head Coach Austin Johnson on Monday. The Warriors will welcome Will Abram, Colton Spencer and Joel Meske into the LC State family in the fall.
"We are extremely excited to add these three recruits to our program,” Johnson said. “Each of them brings something different to the table, but all share a common goal and desire of improving and helping the Warrior Basketball program grow. They are great teammates and all care deeply about achieving team success and wanting to create a team-first environment.
“All three played for successful high school programs and we believe that will help their transition to the college game,” Johnson added. “Each of these young men also come from outstanding families that helped challenge and support them in a way that allowed them to have the elite opportunity to play basketball at the college level. Along with Silas Bennion, we believe this is as strong of a freshman class that we've had at LC State in quite some time."
WILL ABRAM – Arlington, Wash./Arlington HS
Abram comes to the LC Valley from Arlington, Wash. At 6-9, Abram was a standout performer during his time with Arlington High School and was an All-Wesco Selection as a junior.
“Will is one of the nicest kids you will ever meet,” high school coach Nick Simon said. “He works with the special needs kids at our school and is absolutely wonderful with our community’s youth. I can’t say enough about his character as a young man and how loved he is by his teammates and classmates. As a player, he loves to play defense and absolutely changes the feel of the game when he is on the court. Our opponents were constantly aware of his presence as he made it very difficult to score. I am extremely excited to see what the future holds for Will.”
He averaged seven points, seven rebounds and three blocks per game as Arlington made a run into the postseason his senior season. He also had a successful tenure with the Seattle based Friends of Hoop AAU program.
“Will is a tremendous physical talent that has a chance to blossom into a special player as he continues to put in the work required to improve,” Johnson explained. “He's a high level shot blocker and defensive presence already and we are confident he will really grow his game over the next few years. He cares about his teammates and gets excited for their success which is a huge part of what we're about here at LC."
“I chose LC to continue my academic and athletic career because as soon as I arrived on my visit I was welcomed by everyone on the team and coaching staff,” Abram said. “I felt like everyone at LC made it easy to jump in and be part of things during the visit. The players included me off the court and helped me through different drills on the court during our workout. I’m super excited and look forward to what is to come at LC!”
COLTON SPENCER – Palmer, Alaska/Colony HS
Spencer is a native of Palmer, Alaska and will be graduating from Colony HS in the spring. The 6-1 guard was a First-Team All-Northern Lights Conference and First-Team 4A All-State selection. Spencer helped Colony to a 17-4 record overall, and 8-0 run in league play to become the Northern Lights Conference Champions. The team was set for a State Title run before the season was cut short.
“It’s been a blessing to coach Colt over the past six years,” high school coach Thomas Berg said. “He has worked extremely hard over his career and earned all of his success. LC State is a perfect fit for Colton; a place he can grow as a person and player, as well as add to the great culture and community established there!”
Spencer averaged 16.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while shooting over 41 percent from 3-point range.
“Colt is a gym rat through and through,” Johnson explained. “He is a confident player that impacts winning not just by scoring. What gives Colt a chance to be special is the humility that comes with his confidence; he knows he can get better and is extremely focused on that process. He has the tools and mindset to be a very good college basketball player.”
“After playing in LC’s team camp this past summer, it was clear to me that LC would be my number one choice,” Spencer said. “From their facilities to their competitive tradition and culture, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. When Coach Johnson offered me it was an obvious decision for me to become an LC State Warrior!”
JOEL MESKE – McCall, Idaho/McCall-Donnelly HS
Meske is an in-state big man from nearby McCall, Idaho. The 7-0 center helped anchor the McCall-Donnelly High School team and also played football, helping the team to the State Title game.
“I am extremely excited to see Joel take the next step at LCSC,” high school coach Jason Tinney said. “He has barely scratched the surface of what he can do on the court due to his late arrival to the game. I am confident the LC coaching staff will develop Joel into a key piece of their program and the Warrior fans will embrace this exceptional young man on and off the court.”
Meske averaged 10 points, 5.6 rebounds and three blocks per game while helping the team to a 13-7 record. He played AAU for Select Basketball based out of Idaho.
“Joel is a late bloomer that we are pumped to have join our program,” Johnson said. “He has only played two years of American high school basketball and as the season went on this year he got better and more confident. We believe with a redshirt year and continued work he will be another anchor for us inside for years to come.”
“I chose LC because of its coaching staff, team and campus community,” Meske said. “The coaches help push their players to be the very best they can be. The team acts as a family in how they always help and support each other. I also really liked the campus community because of the attention and help I will receive with great professors and smaller class sizes.”