PALATINE HILL -- One week after Lewis & Clark head coach Dinari Foreman announced his incoming class for the 2016-17 season, he has added another in transfer Jerrod Nodar of City College of San Francisco.
Nodar started more than half of the team's games last season as the Rams won the California Community College Athletic Association championship. The team also won the Coast Conference during both of Nodar's seasons.
"He is 6-5, has strength and athleticism and he's such a strong defender," said Foreman. "His job at San Francisco was to shoot and he made 39 percent from three, shooting five or six per game.
"For us, he'll bounce it, shoot it and his IQ is incredibly smart. He's going to anchor our defense. I'm so excited to have him at Lewis & Clark College."
"I chose Lewis & Clark because of its small, tight-knit community, as well as the athletic and academic opportunities I have the chance to experience while attending," said Nodar, who averaged 8.6 points per game over the last two seasons.
Nodar's shooting ability will help fill the void left by Jason Luhnow, who was 11th in the Northwest Conference in 3-point shooting last season. Returner Cannen Roberson led the NWC in the same category. The Pios have three other returning seniors in Markel Leonard, Alex Jones and Cory Coombe.
Lewis & Clark's incoming class includes Nodar and six other student-athletes: Andrew Panicacci, Andrew Vickers, Nico Bricker, Sean Yamamoto, Zeke Crawford and Ryan Stewart. The class possesses a lot of championship experience throughout their pre-collegiate careers.
The Pioneers finished outside of the Northwest Conference tournament for the first time in eight years last season after making the NWC final in 2014-15.