USC Men's Water Polo Adds Six New Trojans For 2016|
Feb. 10, 2016
USC men's water polo grows six Trojans stronger with the signing of a set of powerful newcomers. USC head coach Jovan Vavic is eager to bring on board new Trojans Marin Dasic, Thomas Dunstan, Chas Hornecker, Matt Maier, Will Rubschlager and Luke Wyatt, all of whom have signed national letters of intent to come to Troy in 2016.
Vavic anticipates that this group of newcomers can help carry on USC's winning tradition. The Trojans have reached 11 consecutive NCAA finals and have won seven national championships in that span. Vavic stands as USC's most successful head coach in history in winning 13 total national championships with the USC water polo programs.
"This is a very balanced class," Vavic said. "We have a goalie, lefties, a defender and drivers. This is a group that can play together for four years and help us really get on track and continue the tradition."
Marin Dasic comes to Troy from Zagreb, Croatia, where he has played for the Croatian national teams at all levels. He also stands as the youngest player to start for the club HAVK Mladost in Zagreb.
"Marin is a really great all-around player and a great leader," Vavic said of Dasic. "He's also an excellent offensive player and finisher. On many of his teams in Croatia he's been a go-to shooter. He's also a very good sprinter and an intelligent defender."
"Chas is a a talented driver and scorer," Vavic said of Hornecker. " He's most dangerous in the counterattack and can really beat people on drives. His strongest qualities are his quickness and ability to put the ball in the cage, and that he's not afraid of contact."
"Matt is mainly a 2-meter defender but can also play center position," Vavic said of the versatile Maier. "He is tough, fast, has strong legs and long arms and is a good all-around player. He's very aware and understands what to do with the ball. He's just a total team player in that he's willing to do whatever it takes to for the team to be successful."
A local product, Will Rubschlager was an All-CIF First Team selection as a 6-3 goalie out of Loyola High School. Also an all-league first-teamer, Rubschlager is an accomplished goalie who will add depth for the Trojans in the cage.
"I like Will's presence in the cage," Vavic said of Rubschlager. "He has good positing and excellent communication. He has really improved the last couple years. He's also tough and isn't afraid to yell and direct. He plays his best when it counts the most."
Luke Wyatt brings skills as a dangerous left-hander to the pool for the Trojans. Hailing from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., Wyatt helped his team win the CIF Southern Section Division I championship in his senior season. He's also been a regular on the All-CIF honor roll, having recently earned All-CIF First Team honors.
"Luke's biggest quality is his shot," Vavic said of Wyatt. "He's not afraid to shoot the ball, and he's a true student of the game. He will help us immediately as far as his ability to score on the 6-on-5 and the drop. He's one of those lefties that can put the ball in the cage. Luke has great speed, he's tough, and he's committed."
As a later addition to the class, Thomas Dunstan has also signed his NLI to join the Trojan Family. Dunstan helps to solidly round out USC's impressive set of newcomers.
"Thomas is definitely one of the top two recruits in the nation this year," Vavic said of Dunstan. "The kid is big, fast and a lefty. He's a great swimmer, has long arms, can play at 2-meters, shoot from the outside, play 2-meter defense and help in the counterattack. He's also a great passer -- almost too unselfish in his passing. He's really a complete package."
Originally from Connecticut, Dunstan attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif,. where he was teammates with fellow signee Luke Wyatt. Dunstan was an All-CIF First Team selection and has been a member of the U.S. National Team. He trained and traveled with the U.S. senior squad at the age of 16, garnering key experience that is sure to help him as an impact player for USC. Vavic calls Dunstan "a game-changer" who makes an already strong recruiting class even powerful.
"Overall this is a very physically tough group. These guys will not be pushed around," Vavic said of his new class of Trojans. "These are smart players who are bringing in intelligence and toughness and speed."