Portland State men’s basketball has added a pair of junior college transfers for the 2016-17 season, beefing up the Vikings’ front line. Head Coach Tyler Geving has signed Traylin Farris of Odessa (TX) Junior College and Brandon Hollins of Paris (TX) Junior College.
“One thing both of these player’s bring to the table is their ability to rebound,” said Geving. “They fill a need we wanted to address in the offseason. Both are athletic kids who can go outside of their area and get a rebound. Becoming a better rebounding team will be key to our success this season.”
Farris is a 6-8 center who has played one season of Division I basketball and one season at the junior college level. Farris, from Pearland, TX, started 28 games for Incarnate Word of the Southland Conference in 2014-15. He averaged 10.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, shooting .554 from the field. Incarnate Word was 18-11 and reached the post-season CollegeInsider Tournament.
Farris competed at Odessa JC last year, averaging 6.7 points and 4.9 rebounds and shooting .582 from the field. The Wranglers were 27-6 on the season.
“Traylin brings a year of experience from the Division I level which should help in his transition back to the four-year level. He had an outstanding year as a freshman against good competition while putting up good scoring and rebounding numbers. Traylin has the ability to score with both his back to the basket and facing up from 15 feet. We hope he will give us a good inside presence this season,” Geving said.
Hollins is a 6-6 forward who played two seasons at Paris Junior College. As a freshman in 2014-15, Hollins averaged 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting .507 from the field. In 2015-16, Hollins averaged 12.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and shot .546 from the field.
“Brandon plays with a lot of energy on the court,” said Geving. “We like his versatility on the court because he can play multiple positions as well as defend multiple positions. He’s a guy who can go get a rebound on both ends of the court. We also like his ability to run the floor which will translate well into our transition game.”
Portland State will add seven new players in 2016-17. The Vikings have three starters and eight letterwinners returning.
ADDITIONS TO THE 2016-17 PORTLAND STATE BASKETBALL ROSTER
NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEES – August 31, 2016
Brandon Hollins, F, 6-6, 200, JR, St. Louis, MO (Jennings HS/Paris JC)
Traylin Farris, C, 6-8, 225, JR, Pearland, TX (Manvel HS/Incarnate Word/Odessa JC)
OTHER NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEES
Deontae North, G, 6-4, 190, JR, Corona, CA (Centennial/Long Beach State/South Plains JC) – May 5, 2016
Michael Mayhew, G, 6-2, 180, SO, Flower Mound, TX (Marcus HS/Hill College) – Apr. 21, 2016
Bryce Canda, G, 6-4, 195, JR, Portland, OR (Grant HS/Central Wyoming JC) – Jan. 20, 2016 (aid agreement)
Tyrell Henderson, G, 6-3, 170, FR, Tempe, AZ (Corona del Sol HS) – Nov. 16, 2015
Brendan Rumel, F, 6-10, 220, FR, Tucson, AZ (Rincon HS) – Nov. 16, 2015