Oregon's Stepp, Idaho's Violette Ink Men's Basketball Letters

Nov. 11, 1999

SPOKANE, Wash. - Blake Stepp, a 6-4 guard out of South Eugene High in Oregon, and Cory Violette, a 6-8 forward/center from Boise High in Idaho, are the first two signed recruits of the Mark Few era, the first-year head coach announced Thursday.

Stepp averaged 18.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals last year for South Eugene, and was the only junior on the All-State team. He helped lead South Eugene to a 23-3 record. Stepp finished second in the All-State voting to Michael Dunleavy, currently a freshman at Duke University. He was also a first-team selection on the Best in the West Fab 15 team as selected by Frank Burlison of the Orange County Register.

Violette averaged 15.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg and shot 54.0 percent from the field. He has been a second-team All-State selection as a sophomore and junior, and was a second team Fab 15 pick on Burlison's Best in the West squad.

"They are first-rate guys we wanted, players we targeted. In Blake's case, he is someone we have been after for three years. They are also the type of people we want in this program, the type of student-athletes we've had in the past," Few said.

Few said it is difficult to predict what impact they will have as freshmen.

"It's hard, and always has been hard as a true freshman, to come into this program and have an impact. But, knowing what we lose with this senior class, we'll have to lean on Blake and Cory a lot next year. I think they'll be ready. They are both physically ready, and their games are ready," Few noted. "They have shown they are the type of players who will work hard and develop into better players. They love basketball. They are the best players in their respective states, and barring some unforeseen situation have a great chance to be named the top players in their state this season."

From a personal standpoint, Few said the signing of Stepp was especially gratifying.

"I've known Dean Stepp for years and have a tremendous amount of respect for him," Few said of the elder Stepp who coaches his son at South Eugene. "I've learned a lot of my philosophies, especially on offense and shooting the ball, from Dean. From that respect it's nice to have a coaches son on the team."

Few said the Bulldogs still have one scholarship available.



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