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Cougars add basketball depth

Clearwater Christian basketball coach Del Wubbena recently improved on an already impressive team by adding depth at both guard and forward.

Jon Wilson, a 6-foot-5 player from Fort Walton Beach Christian, will play power forward, and Nathan Cook, a 6-foot dunker from Highlands Christian in Pompano Beach, will work his way in at point guard.

"(Cook) is a pretty nice player, but I don't know if he's going to beat out anyone I have now," Wubbena said. "Time will tell on that one. And I don't know if Wilson will start either. We're projecting him to start as a sophomore."

In 1995, the Cougars (22-7) advanced to the National Christian College Athletic Association final for the second time in four years. Better yet, all five starters _ Shonn Brown of South Carolina, Joel Mason of California, Andy Whitlock of Atlanta, Kris Parson of Jacksonville and Jim Sanney, a 6-foot-10 center from Tampa Leto _ are returning.

"We should be pretty good, if we stay hungry," Wubbena said. "But I don't always have the answer for that."

The Cougars did not have a senior on the roster last season.

Recent Eckerd graduate Tom Russin has agreed to terms with the Baltimore Orioles and is expected to report this week to minor-league camp in Sarasota.

In his senior season with the Tritons, the first baseman led the team in doubles (14) and was second in both home runs (7) and RBI (34). Russin fanned just 13 times in 175 at bats and finished with a .326 batting average, while posting an impressive .985 fielding percentage in 410 chances.

Taken in the 26th round, Russin was one of at least eight players drafted from the Sunshine State Conference.