Five-Peat Champs Sign Three Top Players|
Feb. 12, 2013
Owners of five straight national championships, the USC men's water polo team is reloading with even more talent for next season. Three new Trojans have signed on to join the team in 2013, head coach Jovan Vavic has announced. Led by U.S. Junior National Team member Jon Walters, the class also includes signees Shaun Robinson and Andrew Silvers.
"We are extremely excited about these three guys," Vavic said. "In my opinion we have signed the No. 1 recruit in the country in Jon Walters, who is in my mind going to be a future Olympian."
Jon Walters hails from Mater Dei High School and has been a member of the U.S. Junior National Team. Selected the CIF Player of the Year, he is a First Team All-American who has never lost a game in his high school career.
"This guy is the real deal," Vavic said of Walters. "I think he's as good as [USC alum and Olympic silver medalist] J.W. Krumpholz out of high school. He's 6-3 and is a very fast 2-meter player."
Shaun Robinson comes to Troy from Carlsbad High School as an All-CIF San Diego Section first-teamer whom Vavic calls "a quick and smart driver."
Andrew Silvers is a Newport Harbor High product with all-league honors. His older sister, Chelsea, is a senior with the Women of Troy, and Vavic is eager to bring Andrew in to help anchor 2-meters for the Trojans.
"Andrew is the type of player we need in the future to help in 2-meter offense and defense," Vavic said. "He is big and a workhorse."
"This is a great group," Vavic said of these three recent signees. "But this is just the beginning for this class. We are not done recruiting."