COVID-19 put much of the sports world on pause this summer, but LMU Athletics stayed busy with an influx of promising signings for the new year. Men’s basketball, cross country and baseball all added several new players to boost their programs for the 2020-2021 season.
Just six months into the job, all during the pandemic, head coach Stan Johnson has already made an impact on the future of the men’s basketball program. The team added several notable players this summer who are likely to be key contributors, particularly freshman Jalin Anderson.
Anderson, a 6’4 combo guard, was ranked the No. 18 prospect out of Arizona and No. 40 nationally for his position. This is a huge addition to the LMU program, which was ranked No. 8 in the country for the 2021 recruiting class before adding Anderson.
“[Anderson’s] size mixed with his scoring and shooting ability gives us another weapon on the perimeter. Jalin has a high ceiling and there is no doubt he will have a major impact on our program for years to come,” Johnson noted in an interview with LMU Athletics.
Other new recruits for men’s basketball include 6’4 guard Mayoum Mayoum, a freshman out of The Potter's House Christian Academy High School, 6’8 forward Kodye Pugh, a graduate transfer from Stanford and 6’2 guard Quentin Jackson Jr., a graduate transfer from Temple.
While the fall season is postponed for the time being, both men’s and women’s cross country have added several runners to their squads. The newest addition is Lilly Schmidt, a graduate transfer from UCLA who joined the Lions in June.
“I chose LMU because the coaches and LMU staff made me feel very supported and willing to help me to achieve my athletic and academic goals,” Schmidt told LMU Athletics.
Head coach Nathan Choate has recruited a large class for the 2021 season, with 19 new players due to play for the Lions. Four of those recruits signed with LMU in June: catcher Evan Leibl, outfielder Alex Marquez and left-handed pitchers Kolby Schiffer and Colby Routh.
Marquez will continue his Loyola career at LMU, as he previously played for Loyola High School in West Covina, California. The left-handed outfielder was the Loyola High School Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 and was named to the Perfect Game 2019 West Academic Showcase Top Prospect List.