MENâ€™S BASKETBALL SIGNS COLLEGE OF THE SISKIYOUS BIG MAN JUSTIN ELLER
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State men’s basketball squad announced its first signee of the 2007-08 recruiting class with the inking of 6-8, 240-pound forward/center Justin Eller of the College of the Siskiyous, it was announced today by Hornets’ head coach Jerome Jenkins. Eller will enroll as a sophomore at Sacramento State in the fall, and will have three years of eligibility with the Hornets.
Eller, who hails from Yreka, Calif., was a first team all-Golden Valley Conference selection at the College of the Siskiyous last season after taking a redshirt in 2005-06. This past year, Eller averaged 17.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.8 blocked shots and 0.5 steals per game while shooting 45.1 percent (156-346) from the floor. In addition, he knocked down 20 three-pointers during the year and averaged 7.5 free throw attempts per game. He buried 127 of his 195 free throw attempts (65.1 percent), including knocking down at least 10 freebies in three games during the season.
Eller scored in double figures in all but four of the 26 games he appeared, including 11 games with at least 20 points. Over his final 13 games of the season, he averaged 21.8 points and 8.7 rebounds. That included back-to-back 30-point games against Columbia Junior College (33 points, 13 rebounds) and Sierra Junior College (30 points, 11 rebounds).
“One of our biggest goals during the offseason was to beef up our front line, especially rebounding and inside scoring, and we feel that Justin will do a great job of filling those needs,” Jenkins said. “His best basketball is definitely ahead of him, and I’m very excited we have him for three years. I would anticipate our rebounding and low post presence improving next year with the addition of Justin.”
Eller was a 2005 graduate of Yreka High School, where he was a two-time first team all-Northern Athletic League selection during both his junior and senior seasons. During his senior year, he averaged 18.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game.
Sacramento State finished last season with a 10-19 overall record and a 5-11 mark in the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets, who have reached the Big Sky Tournament four times in the last five years, closed the season on a high note by defeating the eventual Big Sky regular season and tournament champion Weber State, 105-83, in the regular season finale.