An ESPN four-star rated forward, Cody Schwartz, and one of the most versatile small forwards in the state of Arizona, Brandon Clarke, have signed national letters-of-intent to compete for San José State University beginning the 2015-16 season. Head coach Dave Wojcik made the announcement.
"We are pleased to announce the addition of two fine young men to our basketball family," Wojcik said. "Brandon Clarke is an extremely versatile forward that can play multiple positions. Brandon is someone who will make everyone else on our team better by utilizing his length, playmaking ability, and intelligence."
"Cody Schwartz is an exceptionally skilled forward that will be a very difficult matchup for teams because of his ability to score in the post and from the perimeter. Cody's skill level and basketball IQ will impact the game for us on both ends of the floor."
Schwartz, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged 18.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals as a junior at West De Pere (Wis.) High School. Schwartz was dominant, scoring 20 or more points in 12 games while leading the Phantoms to the Division II Wisconsin State Championship tournament.
Schwartz garnered attention from around the country for being the top perimeter shooter in the state. He was a 2014 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) first-team Division II All State selection, and received an AP All-State honorable mention. The four-star recruit according to ESPN is also ranked 26th on ESPN's Top-100 Power Forwards list in America. Schwartz becomes first ever four-star recruit to sign with San José State men's basketball. Schwartz had received scholarship offers from Creighton, Marquette, Toledo and Nebraska before committing to San José State University.
Clarke, a 6-foot-7 forward, starred as a junior at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Clarke averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks, and 2.5 steals per game in 2013-14, and was rated in the state's top-five for most versatile players by Arizona Power Basketball.
The All-Tribune honorable mention player is also ranked 12th on AZCentral.com's Top-20 Recruit List.
"Both Brandon and Cody come from tremendous families that stress the importance of the standards that our program has been built on," Wojcik added. "Both are honor roll students with above 3.0 GPA's and value hard work and dedication in the classroom. There is no doubt that both young men will make a significant impact to the San José State community."