Three years ago, the San Diego basketball program was an absolute mess. After making the NCAA tournament in 2008 and upsetting the UCONN Huskies in the first round, the Toreros have not had a winning season since. The program hit a low spot in 2010 when the program went 6-24, a time when these three players were just mere sophomores. However, San Diego has shown significant signs of improvement since that year, due in part to the junior and senior years of Chris Manresa, Cameron Miles, and Ken Rancifer. The aforementioned players will be sorely missed by the University of San Diego. Here’s some reason’s why.
Manresa came to San Diego with a fantastic high school resumé, that included a nomination to the McDonald’s All-American team. This proved to be a very beneficial get for Billy Grier and his staff. Manresa averaged 7.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in his career as a Torero. He started in 63 out the 117 games he played in, and played a total of 2,621 minutes at the University of San Diego. In the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons, Manresa led the Toreros in rebounding. It’s safe to say, it was a long, fulfilling career for Manresa at San Diego. A future as a professional overseas seems imminent for Manresa.
San Diego’s bench depth will be taking a significant hit with the graduation of Cameron Miles. Miles, the 6’1″, 175 pound guard played an average of 14 minutes per game during his stay in San Diego. He worked his way into the guard rotation in his freshman year, and remained there throughout his time as a Torero. Miles averaged 3.1 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game in his career.
Rancifer, the heavily recruited forward out of El Cerrito high school in Oakland, Calfiornia came to USD with high hopes of a long and prosperous career. These aspirations held strong throughout his time as Torero. Rancifer started every single game as a senior, and put up monster numbers. He avergaed 10.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in his senior year. His fabulous senior season was an excellent way to cap off an equally fabulous career as a Torero. Rancifer should easily find a spot on a pro roster overseas, based on his career output at the University of San Diego.
Congratulations to these three players for great careers at the University of San Diego. The program has grown exponentially by their presence, and they should be proud of everything they have done.