Patrick Scott, a 6-foot-3 guard from Bear River High in Grass Valley and one of Sonoma State’s most heavily recruited players in years, headlines the Seawolves’ incoming four-person recruiting class.

Scott will be joined by 6-7 forward Steve Lackey from Ponderosa High in Shingle Springs, 6-4 guard James McLaughlin from Douglas High in Minden, Nev., and 6-4 guard Jason Walter, who played at Spring Valley High in Las Vegas.

SSU coach Pat Fuscaldo says Scott and Lackey have the potential to start, or play significant minutes, as freshmen. The Seawolves could also return highly touted sophomore point guard Ashley Arnott, who missed last season with a back injury suffered in an exhibition game.
SSU, which went 12-16 last year, will also return its top three scorers from its 2008-09 campaign.

“If everyone is healthy, we are going to better than we were last year,” Fuscaldo said.

Scott, a Sacramento all-metro selection as a senior, averaged 25.7 points a game and was Bear River’s all-time leading scorer with 1,676 points. Fuscaldo envisions Scott also being able to post up and present matchup problems.

“He’s a rebounding machine for his size,” Fuscaldo said.

Lackey averaged 18.0 points as a senior, was the MVP of the Sierra Valley Conference and was a Sacramento all-metro pick. Fuscaldo is impressed by Lackey’s understanding of the game.

“He has great skills for a post player,” he said. “He has great hands and he shoots it well.”

The 220-pound McLaughlin was a first-team all-league selection and all-Northern Region pick as a junior. He suffered a broken fibula during his senior season and could redshirt as a freshman.

Walter played this past season at the Impact Basketball Academy in Las Vegas, a yearlong program designed help borderline prospects earn college scholarships.

Walter was his school’s career scoring and assists leader and was a three-time all-league selection.