Where'd they go? A list of about two dozen ex-Mater Dei basketball players who've transferred once in college
Since 1982, when Gary McKnight was hired as basketball coach at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, nearly two dozen ex-Monarchs have transferred from their original Division I college teams. Although Mater Dei has been a national powerhouse for decades and McKnight says about 140 of his players have earned major-college scholarships, it’s still an unusually high percentage.
Here is a list of the players I found who had transferred. In parentheses is the year the players graduated from Mater Dei. The only person on this list I know didn't graduate is Schea Cotton, who transferred in and out of the school. I've been told there may be more players who've transferred, and if you know of any, please email me the details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt Beeuwsaert (Class of 1984) –- Notre Dame, California.
Tom Lewis (1985) -– USC, Pepperdine.
Mike Mitchell (1985) -– Fresno State, Colorado State.
Tom Peabody (1986) -– Rice, Orange Coast College, Loyola Marymount.
Stuart Thomas (1986) -– Stanford, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Kevin Rembert (1988) –- Committed to San Diego State but didn’t qualify; Arizona Western College in Yuma; registered at Orange Coast College, Eastern Montana; Missouri Western.
Char Ruppel (1988) -- Eastern Montana; took a year off before playing baseball at Cypress College; Northern Colorado.
Dylan Rigdon (1989) -- UC Irvine, Arizona.
Terence Wilborn (1993) -– Signed with San Jose State, Southern California College.
Clay McKnight (1995) -– UC Irvine, Saddleback College, University of Pacific.
Shaun Jackson (1995) –- Wyoming, UC Irvine, Orange Coast College, Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Schea Cotton (Jan. '94 to June '97) –- Signed to play with Long Beach State, St. Thomas More Academy in Connecticut, Long Beach State, Alabama.
David Castleton (1997) -– BYU, Orange Coast College, Cal State Fullerton.
Kevin Augustine (1997) -– USC, Fullerton College, Nebraska, Biola University.
Derrick Mansell (1999) –- Colorado State, Irvine Valley College, Montana.
Steve Scoggins (2000) -- Nevada Las Vegas, Irvine Valley College.
Wesley Washington (2003) –- Signed with Minnesota, didn’t get in; left Minneapolis, where he was living, to go to Yavapai Community College in central Arizona; Compton College; Oregon State.
Mike Gerrity (2005) – Pepperdine, Charlotte, USC.
Taylor King (2007) –- Duke, Villanova, Irvine Concordia.
Kamyron Brown (2007) –- Oregon, Nebraska.
Jamaal Trice (2008) -- UConn, Midland (Texas) JC, Appalachian (N.C.) State.
David Wear (2009) –- North Carolina, UCLA.
Travis Wear (2009) –- North Carolina, UCLA.
Gary Franklin Jr. (2010) -- California, Baylor.
-- Baxter Holmes
Photo: Kamyron Brown. Credit: Los Angeles Times