April 14, 2004
University of New Mexico head men's basketball coach Ritchie McKay announced today that Tony Danridge, a 6-foot-5 wing from San Bernardino, Calif., has signed a national letter of intent to attend UNM in the fall. Danridge receives UNM's final scholarship for the 2004-05 season.
Tony Danridge.....G/F.....6-5.....210.....San Bernardino, Calif. (Cajon HS)
High-scoring wing who received the John Wooden Award following his senior year at San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon (kuh-hoan) High School...it's an honor bestowed upon the best prep basketball player for his classification (Div. II) in Southern California...averaged 29.6 points, 9 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 3 steals a game for head coach Randy Murray in 2003-04...a three-year starter who led the Cowboys to the third round of the state playoffs as a senior...MVP and slam-dunk champion in a recent all-star game involving players from San Bernardino and Riverside counties...averaged 21 ppg as a junior, earning first team all-CIF honors...PERSONAL...born Feb. 26, 1986, in San Francisco, Calif...age is 18...full name is Anthony Steven Danridge...son of Victor and Venus...father is the pastor and mom a counselor at the Inland Empire Deliverance Center in San Bernardino...Tony is the middle child of five children, and he's the only boy...interested in Business as a major.
Statement from UNM head coach Ritchie McKay
"We are really excited about Tony and his potential. We were fortunate to sign him because of how hidden he was in San Bernardino. As Tony received more recognition during his senior year, the competition for his services became fierce. We are thrilled that Tony is going to be a Lobo for the next four years. He is a strong, athletic wing who can score from anywhere on the floor. Tony will definitely battle immediately for playing time next season."
The Lobos signed one other player on November 12, 2003 in the fall signing period, Bamable Osby, from Richmond Virginia. Osby's numbers from his senior season are included below.
Bambale Osby.....F.....6-7.....240.....Richmond, Virginia (Benedictine Catholic HS)
Pronounced bom-BAH-lay AHZ-bee, Bambale Osby averaged 16.5 points, 16.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks last year at Benedictine Catholic High School in Richmond, Va...his nickname is Boom...played for head coach Bruce Croxton...Benedictine finished with a 25-6 record last season and won their second consecutive Virginia State Catholic League championship...named to the Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro team...led team to the first VISBA Division 1 Championship in school history as a junior with a 24-5 record...prep teammate Vernon Hamilton will be a sophomore guard at Clemson...Osby has played for the high profile Richmond Squires AAU team since he was 12...played for Kent Greenway...PERSONAL...born May 21, 1986...age is 17...mother's name is Komba...has an older brother, Levi, and a younger sister, Lucy.
Statement from Ritchie McKay - "Needless to say, we are excited about Bambale's commitment to the University of New Mexico. We knew about ten hours into his visit that he is our type of person: very humble, friendly, unselfish; all characteristics that we look to attract to add to the guys we already have in our program. And, then there's Bambale the player. As mild-mannered and unassuming as he is off the floor, he definitely has a split personality when he steps between the lines. Boom has a warrior-like mentality when he plays. He is a great rebounder, a good shot blocker and an excellent offensive player around the basket. Although he is a little undersized, he is really efficient. He kind of reminds me of a young Malik Rose (San Antonio Spurs). Playing in a well-respected AAU program like the Richmond Squires has helped Bambale tremendously."