Pacific Men's Basketball Signs Three For 2011-12
University of the Pacific Head Men's Basketball Coach Bob Thomason has announced the signing of three student-athletes to letters of intent. Adam Eakels, Ross Rivera and Tim Thomas will enter Pacific for the 2011-12 season.
Eakles is a 6-8 forward and will join the Tigers as a sophomore. He is a skilled post who can play both post positions. He redshirted his first year of college at Seattle University before transferring to Fullerton College in Fullerton, Calif. Adam is currently averaging 15.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game for the Hornets after the first two games of the 2010-11 season. He is from Woodland, Calif. and attended Woodland High School. Adam led Woodland HS to the Tri-County Conference playoffs in his junior and senior seasons, and was named Team MVP in each year. Helping his team to a 21-8 record in 2008-09, he led the league with 17 points per game, and also had 163 rebounds and 48 blocked shots.
"Adam is a very versatile player," said Thomason. "He will be able to play both forward positions. Adam will bring good perimeter shooting and strong rebounding to the Tigers."'
Rivera is a 6-7 forward from College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif. He grey-shirted last season, improving his game and his body. He is averaging 18.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in three games this season. A threat from the outside, Rivera has already knocked down six three-pointers this year. He was just named Most Valuable Player at the Cuesta College Tournament, after leading College of the Sequoias to the tournament title. Ross attended El Diamante High School in his hometown of Visalia, Calif. In his senior year, he averaged 21.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. He earned All-West Yosemite League honors in 2009 from MaxPreps.com. He will enter Pacific as a sophomore.
"Ross is a very skilled post player," said Thomason. "He is a very smart player with excellent court sense. We are very excited in what he will bring to our program."
Thomas is a 6-10 sophomore center from Las Positas College in Livermore, Calif. He is a big, strong post with good skill and will bring a physical presence to the Tigers next season. Last year he averaged 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Hawks. Through three games of this season, Tim is averaging 9.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He prepped at Sheridan High School in his hometown of Sheridan, Wyo.
"I love the size and skill that Tim will bring to us next season," said Thomason. "He is big and strong, and should be able to protect the paint on defense."