Today, Pepperdine University and coach Marty Wilson officially announced the commitment from a 2013 combo guard by the name of Marley Biyendolo. About a month ago, Wilson teased everyone with a tweet that hinted to the fact that the Waves landed a commitment from an Australian player in the 2013 recruiting class.
Excited that the Waves received a commitment from 2013 combo guard from down under. More info coming #SPLASH
— Marty Wilson (@MartyWilson4) June 17, 2013
From reports, Biyendolo is a 6’3″, 172 pound guard that is from the Dingley Village, Victoria, Australia. He played for the Andrew Bogut Academy, as well as the Dandenong Rangers Club Team. Not much information can be found on the guard from down under, but the press release that the university put out today revealed a lot of information on Biyendolo. He stated that Pepperdine was his “dream school” among other things:
Pepperdine has been a dream university of mine to attend. I had been speaking regularly with Coach Wilson and Coach (Bryant) Moore and both of them took the time to really get to know who I am, my background, my family, and of course, my basketball abilities. I felt surprisingly comfortable on my visit to Pepperdine. I almost felt like I was at home. Walking around the campus, I felt like this environment was one I’d definitely want to be around, especially being so far from home. I’m very excited to become a Wave, and to grow and mature as an individual in the nurturing environment of Pepperdine University.
You can view the full press release here.
Admittedly, I have never heard of Biyendolo until now, but based on his Youtube highlights it is evident that he does one thing very well. Score.
He possess an electric mid range game, and create his own shot off the dribble. He appears to be excellent at coming off screens and scoring that way. He can also pass and looks like he likes to get his other teammates involved. With the departure of Jordan Baker, an addition such as this will be beneficial to the Waves. From the looks of it, the Waves landed a versatile shooting guard that could make an immediate impact.
Also, on a note unrelated to basketball, Biyendolo sports an awesome hairstyle. It is reminiscent of former Gonzaga guard Steven Gray, who looked like this. Hopefully Biyendolo’s career goes as well as Gray’s did.