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William Jessup getting head start on recruiting

Placer, Grant schools tabbed
By: Robert Marten for The Placer Herald/News Messenger
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William Jessup University inked two solid recruits for the Warriors’ basketball and soccer programs last week.

Conner Entz, a talented center-mid from Placer High School, has committed to play soccer at WJU next season.

Entz is well suited to play both offensively and defensively making him an ideal center from which to anchor the team. The right-footed high school senior also stands 6 feet tall, making him a visible presence on the soccer field.

While playing four years at the varsity level with Placer, the Hillmen won the Pioneer Valley League title all four years. Entz was named to the all-league team as both a junior and senior. His senior year he was named team captain and MVP.

Not only does Jessup gain a great soccer player, Coach Handy respects Entz for the character he has shown throughout high school.

"We are very excited about adding Conner to the team. Conner brings a great composure to the central part of the field on both sides of the ball,” said Handy. “Conner is a young man full of character and will represent our program well on and off the field.”

Entz was as excited about his scholastic endeavors as much as athletics. He plans to major in business.

"I really wanted to stay in this area. I love it here and this seems like the perfect fit for me; my brother goes here and has told me about how great a place it is,” said Entz. I just hope to get my degree and have fun doing it while playing competitive soccer."

BASKETBALL

The Warriors will add athleticism and experience to their men’s basketball program next year in the form of 6-foot-3-inch transfer guard Saajid Polite.

Polite, who hails from Sacramento, will suit up for the Warriors in 2015-16. He is expected to make an immediate impact as Jessup heads into year two of their affiliation with the Golden State Athletic Conference. The GSCA is widely considered the No. 1 NAIA conference in the country.

Polite starred in both basketball and football at Grant High School. Following his prep career, he became an all-league shooting guard at Merritt College before taking a two-year hiatus. In his last year playing at Merritt, Polite shot 58 percent from the floor, 56.5 percent from behind the 3-point arc and averaged more than 13.3 points per game.

“WJU gave me a great opportunity to step back on to the basketball court and finish my degree,” said Polite, an English major. “I just want to contribute to the team’s overall goals this season and to adapt my style of play to help my team.”

Polite took two years away from basketball to support his family. William Jessup men’s basketball head coach Lance Von Vogt said Polite is ready to return to college and prepare himself and his family for the future.

“Saajid is a terrific combo guard who will bring an NCAA Division I caliber athleticism to the court. He is a defensive stopper on the perimeter that controls the pace and flow of the game on that end of the floor,” said Von Vogt. “Offensively, he has a nice array of moves to the basket with the ability to hit pull-up jumpers, as well as hit the 3-point shot."

Von Vogt said Polite’s signing was a great day for William Jessup basketball.