Tigers Sign Four For 2014-15
University of the Pacific men's basketball head coach Ron Verlin has announced the signing of four student-athletes for the 2014-15 season. Jacob Lampkin, Eric Thompson, D.J. Ursery and Kaleb Warner have all signed letters of intent.
Lampkin is a 6-9 forward/center from Clyde Hill, Washington. He is a senior at O'Dea High School, earning All-Metro League honors in both his sophomore and junior seasons. Jacob had He averaged 9.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore and improved to 15.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game as a junior. Last year he was named to the Pal Springs Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team and was named Most Outstanding Player by his teammates. Lampkin played AAU ball for the Emerald City Basketball Academy, with future Tiger teammate Kaleb Warner. He is ranked by ESPN Recruiting Nation as the 8th overall rated player and 2nd rated power forward in Washington, and the 95th rated power forward nationally.
"We are very excited about Jacob's future at Pacific," said Verlin. "He is a smart & skilled player who understands the game. He will bring leadership & versatility at the forward position."
Thompson is a 6-8 forward from Pontiac, Michigan. He played his freshman season at Lake Michigan Junior College in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Eric averaged 9.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 2011-12 at Lake Michigan JC, adding 1.9 blocks and 1.2 steals per contest. He shot 55% from the field, as a force on the block for the Red Hawks. He transferred to Saddleback Junior College in Mission Viejo, California after redshirting 2012-13 at Lake Michigan JC. He'll start the 2013-14 season on November 14 at the Fullerton College Tournament.
"Eric is a big powerful athletic big who can finish around the basket in traffic," said Verlin. "Look for Eric to be a force on the boards for the Tigers."
Ursery is a 6-4 guard from Los Angeles, Calif.. He'll enter Pacific as a freshman in 2014-15 after finishing his career at Crespi High School in Encino, Calif. As a junior in 2012-13, he averaged 9.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, while earning Second Team All-Mission League honors. He helped lead the Celts to a record of 23-9 last year, and finished the season in the semi-finals of the CIF State Playoffs. Ursery is ranked by ESPN Recruiting Nation as the 23rd overall rated player and 7th rated shooting guard in California, and the 61st rated shooting guard nationally.
"D.J. is a big shooting guard with great range, good ball skills and the athleticism and length to be a good defender," said Verlin. "He comes from a successful high school program at Crespi, and will come to Pacific ready to go."
Warner is a 6-6 guard/forward from Seattle, Washington. He is currently a senior at Mercer Island High School, where he averaged 16.0 points and 8.1 rebounds as a junior in 2012-13. Warner played AAU ball for the Emerald City Basketball Academy, with future Tiger teammate Jacob Lampkin. He is ranked by ESPN Recruiting Nation as the 6th overall rated player and No. 1 rated shooting guard in Washington, and the 82nd rated shooting guard nationally. Warner has roots in Northern California, as his father Dwayne grew up in Campbell and played at San Jose State in the early 1980's.
"Our staff is very excited about Kaleb," said Verlin. "He is a versatile threat and can defend three positions. With his length, athleticism and the ability to shoot the ball, he will give us an advantage on both ends of the floor."