Turner inks five freshman for 2018-19 season

Turner inks five freshman for 2018-19 season

PUEBLO, Colo. (August 2, 2018) - Colorado State University-Pueblo Head Men's Basketball Coach Ralph Turner has announced the signing of five incoming freshman to National Letters of Intent to play for the ThunderWolves in 2018-19.

Cade Carroll (Buena Vista, Colo.), Tyson Gilbert (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Jonny Hall (Sudbury, Suffolk, England), Tre Pierre (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Derrian Reed (Colorado Springs, Colo.) have all inked with the Pack after successful prep careers. 

All signees are contingent upon admission to CSU-Pueblo and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center. 

Cade Carroll, G/F, 6-5, 185, Buena Vista, Colo., Buena Vista HS

Buena Vista HS: Second Team All-Colorado as a senior and honorable mention all-state as a junior ... Tri-Peaks League Player of the Year as a senior and a three-time first team all-conference award winner ... Selected to play in the annual all-star game, The Show ... Led the state and ranked 26th nationally in scoring as a senior with 31 points per game ... Also added 9.7 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.1 assists per game in 2017-18, while shooting over 50 percent from the field ... Recorded more than five 40 points games during high school career and amassed 1,790 points to rank second all-time in school history ... Finished his prep career as the school's all-time record holder in free throw percentage after shooting at an 87 percent clip ... Averaged 26.6 points per game as a junior ... He was a two-time team captain in his three years on the varsity squad. 

Personal: Son of Chris and Karla Carroll ... Father, Chris, played basketball at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire ... Proposed mass communications major at CSU-Pueblo.

Turner Quote: "We are extremely pleased to have Cade join our program," Turner said. "Cade is a fantastic player, who is capable ot playing many positions. He has a great basketball IQ, loves the game and has a great work ethic. We need players that are cerebral and I know Cade is a very intelligent player. He has all the tools to be a great player in the RMAC."

Carroll Quote: "I am really looking forward to becoming a part of the ThunderWolves program," Carroll said. "It's exciting to think about working hard with my teammates to help bring an RMAC Championship to Pueblo."

Tyson Gilbert, G, 6-1, 160, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Rock Canyon HS

Rock Canyon HS: Named all-state honorable mention as a senior ... Was a 2017-18 All South Metro Team selection ... 2018 The Show Top 20 Game MVP ... A three-time All-Continental League award winner ... Capped his senior year averaging 15.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game ... During the last two seasons helped Rock Canyon to a 47-7 record ... Was a four-year starter for the Jaguars.

Personal: Son of Thomas Gilbert II and Raelene Gilbert ... Uncles Woodrow Smith (Baseball) and Fulton Smith (Basketball) played collegiately at Fresno State ... Proposed mass communications major at CSU-Pueblo.

Turner Quote: "Tyson had a fantastic high school career. He improved every year, which culminated in his senior year," Turner said. "We've made great inroads lately in recruiting the best players in the state. Tyson is proof that we are continuing that tradition. Tyson is a great lead guard. No doubt his ball handling and leadership skills will give him a chance to have an immediate impact in our program. He has a love for the game, has an exceptional Basketball IQ and has made himself a real 3-point threat."

Gilbert Quote: "I feel blessed with the opportunity to be able to join such a great program and play for Coach Turner and Coach Knafelc," Gilbert said. "I can't wait to experience the Pack mentality!"

Jonny Hall, C, 7-0, 240, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, Ipswich Basketball Academy

Ipswich Basketball Academy: Named First Team All-East Conference in the Elite Academy Basketball League ... Finished his senior year with 23 points per game to lead the EABL ... Added 14 rebounds per game and had a 25 efficiency rating to rank second in the EABL in both categories. 

Personal: Son of Chris and Kay Hall ... Proposed business management major at CSU-Pueblo. 

Turner Quote: "Jonny was exactly what we were looking for in a high school big guy," Turner said. "We are fired up to get him from across the pond. He has great size, good hands, and can run the floor. He was a dominant player in the best high school league in England. He can shoot the ball from 3, something we love doing here, and is a solid passer. We expect him to get better every day. We believe the sky is the limit for Johnny. If he had played his high school ball in the states we never could have signed him. He is the best freshman post we have signed since I have been here."

Hall Quote: "I really like the basketball culture at CSU-Pueblo," Hall said. "I am looking forward to the new challenges ahead. I am sure with hard work and training that I can become the best me."

Tre Pierre, G/F, 6-5, 225, Colorado Springs, Colo., Widefield HS

Widefield HS: 4A First Team All-State as a senior and honorable mention all-state as a junior ...  Named all-league first team as a sophomore, junior and senior and was second team as a freshman ... Named all-area first team as a junior ... Joined the school's 1,000 point club as a junior ... Averaged more than 14 points per game in each prep season, culminating with a career-best 20 points per game as a senior ... Added nine rebounds and five assists per game in his final season ... Posted 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists as a junior ... Contributed 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as a sophomore and recorded 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists as a freshman. 

Personal: Son of Rollin and Mona Pierre ... Proposed exercise science major at CSU-Pueblo.

Turner Quote: "Tre is a very good player and we are excited about his decision to join the Pack," Turner said. "Tre had an amazing career at Widefield HS and leaves there with almost every record they have. He has a huge upside and a great work ethic. He is physical, can rebound, and has a toughness we need. We see Tre as another important piece of building for the future. His decision to join us just points out the attraction that our program has developed for the best kids in Colorado."

Pierre Quote: "I chose CSU-Pueblo because I felt like it was a great place to be," Pierre said. "When I came on my visit I instantly knew this is where I wanted to be. I talked with Coach Turner and Coach Knafelc and they showed me a lot of love and welcomed me with open arms. I am excited about the future!"

Derrian Reed, G/F, 6-2, 170, Colorado Springs, Colo., Sierra HS

Sierra HS: All-state 4A 2nd Team as a senior ... Colorado Springs Metro League Player of the Year in 2018 ... Gazette Player of the Week (2018) ... Averaged 19.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game as a senior ... In three years and 75 games at varsity, racked up more than 800 career points ... Added more than 300 rebounds, nearly 200 assists and more than 130 steals. 

Personal: Son of Willie M. Reed and Joseph Dailey ... Proposed mass communications major at CSU-Pueblo.

Turner Quote: "We were lucky to add Derrian late in the recruiting process," Turner said. "He played for one of the great veteran coaches in Colorado, Terry Dunn at Sierra HS. He is a fantastic shooter with great size. He is a scorer and has no fear about taking tough shots. Derrian is long and will have the ability to become a great defender. We are so excited about his commitment to join our squad. He has a chance to be an impact player in time."

Reed Quote: "I am excited about joining the ThunderWolves program," Reed said. "The system is a perfect fit for my playing style and skill set. I can't wait to get to work and be the best I can be. It's exciting to think about being at a place that will allow me to display my talents. Can't wait to bring a championship to CSU-Pueblo."

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.