MENâ€™S BASKETBALL SIGNS JORDAN ESTRADA AND JOE EBERHARD
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State men’s basketball program announced its first and second signees of the 2011-12 recruiting class with the inking of Diablo Valley College combo guard Jordan Estrada and Irvine Valley College guard/forward Joe Eberhard. Both players will enroll as juniors at Sacramento State in the fall of 2011.
Estrada, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound combo guard from Concord, Calif., played two years at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif. Last season, he was a first team all-Big 8 Conference selection after helping lead the Vikings to a 26-5 overall record, a league championship and a Northern California Regional semifinal appearance. He played in all 31 games while averaging 13.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 39.5 percent (132-334) from the field and 40.6 percent (101-249) from the three-point line. He averaged 3.3 three-pointers made per game, including at least one in every contest during the season. Over the last six games of the season, he shot 65.9 percent (27-41) from the three-point line, including 73.7 percent (14-19) during the Vikings’ three regional games. Estrada’s scoring average was the second best mark on the team and he scored in double figures 23 times.
As a freshman in 2009-10, he helped DVC to a 17-12 overall record after averaging 8.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 0.9 steals per game. He shot 35.9 percent (37-103) from the three-point line and scored in double figures in six of the 19 games he appeared. That included a career-high 31-point effort against Ohlone College where he buried eight three-pointers and hit the game-winning shot.
Estrada prepped at Concord’s De La Salle High School where he was a three-year member of the varsity squad. The Spartans won the league championship all three years of his varsity tenure, including a state ranking as high as 12th during his junior season. He helped De La Salle to a three-year combined record of 82-9 overall and 43-1 in league games.
“Jordan is an excellent three-pointer shooter with very good range,” Katz said. “He comes from a winning tradition at both De La Salle High School and Diablo Valley College. He was a team captain at both schools, and has a great pedigree in terms of leadership.”
Eberhard, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound guard/forward from Newport Beach, Calif., played the last two years at Irvine Valley College after redshirting the 2008-09 season at UC Irvine. Eberhard was a two-year starter at Irvine Valley where he helped the program to a 49-13 overall record, a pair of quarterfinal appearances in the Southern Regional playoffs, and the school’s first-ever state tournament appearance in 2009-10. Last season (2010-11), he was a first team all-Orange Empire Conference selection after ranking fifth in the conference in rebounding (6.3 rpg), eighth in assists (2.7 apg) and ninth in scoring (11.8 ppg). Eberhard started and played in 30 of the Lasers’ 31 games, scored in double figures 17 times and recorded three double-doubles (points and rebounds). He shot 46.7 percent (122-261) from the field and 68.5 percent (102-149) from the free throw line. He finished among the top two players on the team in points, rebounds, assists, free throws made, free throws attempted and free throw attempts per game (5.0).
As a freshman in 2009-10, Eberhard averaged 9.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 48.5 percent (97-200) from the field and 64.6 percent (102-158) from the free throw line. He scored in double figures in 16 of the 31 games in which he played. His career averages at IVC were 10.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
Eberhard prepped at Newport Beach’s Corona del Mar High School. As a varsity starter his junior and senior seasons, he was a two-time first team all-CIF Southern Section and first team all-Pacific Coast League selection. During his two varsity seasons, the Sea Kings combined for a 43-16 overall record, a 15-1 league mark, a 2007 CIF Southern Section championship and two Pacific Coast League titles. He averaged 15.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game as a senior, and earned MVP honors in the 2008 CIF Southern Section All-Star game.
“Joe is a very versatile player both offensively and defensively,” Katz said. “He can play every position but center on both sides of the ball, and is a skilled athlete with good basketball intellect. One of our goals during recruiting was to get skilled perimeter players, and Joe definitely fits that mold.”
Sacramento State's Signees
||Newport Beach, Calif./Irvine Valley JC
||Concord, Calif./Diablo Valley JC