Two More International Standouts Sign with Lions
Men's basketball earns NLI commitments from Petr Herman (Czech Republic) and Joshua Spiers (Australia).
May 28, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- LMU men's basketball Head Coach Mike Dunlap announced on Wednesday, May 28 that Petr Herman from the Czech Republic and Joshua Spiers of Queensland, Australia, have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Lions for the 2014-15 season.
Both come to the LMU program with national team experience and have become top talents with their club programs. Herman, who is a 6-10, 240-pound power forward, currently plays for Canarias Basketball Academy (CBA) in Spain while Spiers, a 6-8 wing, plays for the Townsville Heat and the Cannons Basketball Club.
"We are very excited to have both Petr and Joshua join our program," said Dunlap. "Both players have had a lot of experience both nationally and internationally, while playing for quality coaches in Rob Orellana at the CBA and Mike Kelly with the Townsville Heat. We are slowly putting the pieces to the puzzle in retooling this program."
Herman has played for the Czech Republic national program since 2010 and has been a part of the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain for the last three years.
"Petr is a powerful and quick forward and he is recognized as a high-major player," said Dunlap. "The Canarias Basketball Academy under Orellana's direction is known as one of the top skill development schools in Europe. He has done a great job in pushing Petr to maximize his skills. Petr has been given the opportunity by his parents, Petr and Sarka Herman to play internationally since a young age, and because of that, Petr is considered one of the top players of his age from his country. "
Herman most recent international experience comes from the U18 European Championships (Division B) in the summer of 2013, playing eight games (16.9 mpg), while averaging 9.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. He finished the tournament hitting 43.8 percent from three and 46 percent from the field overall. He ranked 19th in the tournament field in blocks (0.6 bpg) and was ninth in three point percentage.
His best game came with 16 points and six rebounds against Israel. Also had 13 points and 10 rebounds in double-double performance against Estonia.
He also played in the U18 European Championships (Division A) in 2011-12, averaging 9.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals in nine games. His first international experience came in the in U18 European Challenge in 2010-11 where he played seven games (12.7 mpg), while averaging 4.5 points, 1.3 blocks, 3.6 rebounds and 0.6 steals per game.
While playing for Canarias Basketball Academy, he averaged eight points and 4.8 rebounds per contest during league play in 2011-12. He also played in Nike International Junior Tournament in February of 2012 and the National Prep School Invitational in 2014 at Rhode Island College.
Spiers played in the Australian National U20 Championships, helping Queensland to a silver medal. In the championship game, Spiers finished with nine points and three assists in playing 27 minutes. For the tournament, Spiers played six games and averaged 10.3 points, 1.83 assists and 4.7 rebounds per contest.
"We have been looking for a pure shooter and we found him. And he happens to be tall," said Dunlap. "We really have been looking for guys who can shoot the ball, and with Spiers we found someone with size who can play on the perimeter. Both of these young men will really improve our shooting."
Spiers also played in the U14 Boys Division I Classics in 2009, the U16 Boys Division I State Championships in 2010 and 2011, the Townsville U18 Boys Division I Championships in 2011 and 2012, and the U18 Boys Division I State Championships in 2012.
"Like Petr, Joshua has been given an opportunity by his family, specifically his parents, Ronda and Rocky Spiers, to play for top programs," said Dunlap. "He has had the chance to really grow under Coach Kelly's program in Townsville and we are excited to have him with our program."
In addition to playing for the national program, Spiers played with the Townsville Heat and was part of the Cannons Basketball Club, Inc., in Townsville. He was recognized early on in his childhood as a standout athlete, earning the Queensland School Sport Foundation's Future State Great award in 2008 in basketball and golf.