May 1, 2008
(San Diego, CA) - USD men's basketball coach Bill Grier and his staff have signed forward Roberta Mafra and guard Patrick McCollom to a national letter of intent and scholarship agreement for the 2008-09 campaign. Mafra, a 6'9", 240 lb. power forward from Southeastern (Iowa) Community College, will enter USD in the fall as a junior. McCollom, a 6-3 combo guard, played locally at San Diego High where he helped the Cavers to the CIF San Diego Section Division I basketball championship. Both players are expected to bolster USD's depth at both ends of the floor for a Torero team that returns its entire squad from this past season's 22-14 club that won the WCC Tournament and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
"We are excited about our two incoming players," said head coach Bill Grier. "Roberta will help our interior depth, and Patrick will give us depth on the perimeter. Both players will come in right away and compete for playing time. I saw Patrick when he was more of a scorer in Washington. He has really improved his ball-handling skills and ability to drive to the basket, and he is a very unselfish player."
From Recife, Brazil, Mafra attended Atual High School, the same high school former Gonzaga standout J.P. Batista attended. This past season playing for the Southeastern Community College Blackhawks, Mafra averaged a team best 15.6 points per game and 6.23 rebounds. He was tabbed 3rd team All-America, 1st Team All-District 11 and First Team District 11 All-Academic. He started 30 of 31 games he appeared in with the squad finishing 16-15 overall for head coach Terry Carroll. Mafra, who converted on 56.5% of his shots (178-315) and 79.4% of his free throws (123-155), also totaled 89 blocked shots (2.87) and 23 steals. He led his team in scoring 17 times with a personal high of 29 points in a 78-70 overtime win over Marshaltown. Additionally, he led the Blackhawks in rebounding 19 times with a high of 13 boards in the team's 74-64 win over South Suburban. Through hard work in the off-season, Mafra made significant strides from his freshman year when he appeared in 27 games and averaged 5 points and 3 rebounds.
McCollum played a key role for San Diego High School as the Cavers won the 2008 CIF San Diego Section Division I Boys Basketball Championship with a 74-68 overtime win over El Camino. McCollom, who scored 22 points in the team's state playoff win over Hemet West Valley, averaged 17.7 points per game and 5.23 assists for the season. The Cavers, under the direction of coach Kenny Roy, went 23-5 overall and breezed through the Eastern League with a 12-0 mark. Their 14-game winning streak ended with their second round state playoff loss to Compton Dominguez. McCollom was named to the Union-Tribune All-San Diego Section Basketball Team, and a First Team All-Eastern League honoree. He played at San Diego High School just the one year after he transferred from the state of Washington. During his junior year at Mount Tahoma in Tacoma, Washington, McCollom averaged 26 points and 12 rebounds while earning First Team All-Washington State and First Team All-Narrows League honors.