SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State men's basketball head coach Brian Katz announced the program's second early signee today, with the inking of 6-foot-5, 185-pound prep guard Nick Hornsby to a National Letter of Intent.
Hornsby, who is entering his fourth season at Tustin High School and third with the varsity squad, will enroll as a freshman next fall.
The Irvine, Calif., native can play all three positions on the perimeter, and was named by ESPN as the 20th best high school recruit in the state of California, and Scout.com ranked Hornsby the sixth best small forward on the West Coast.
Hornsby was named the Empire League's co-Most Valuable Player last season after helping lead Tustin to a 23-7 overall record, a 12-0 league mark, an Empire League championship and a quarterfinal appearance in the CIF Southern Section Div. 3AAA playoffs. That included a 15-game winning streak before the section quarterfinal loss.
Last year, he averaged 12.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 42.0 percent from the field, 44.2 percent from the three-point line and 80.0 percent from the free throw line. In addition, Hornsby will serve as team captain for the upcoming season.
"Obviously, we are excited that Nick will be playing here," Katz said. "He's a very skilled perimeter player, has a good feel for the game and comes from a great high school program that has a culture similar to our program. In addition, he comes from a great family and is the type of player we want at Sacramento State."
The athletic Hornsby, who also played three years of volleyball at Tustin HS, has played AAU basketball for Mercadel Basketball of Santa Margarita.
He joins Casa Roble High School product Eric Stuteville as the two players to sign with Sacramento State during the early signing period.
The Hornets are off to a 3-0 start this season, including a win at Utah on Friday night. They return to action tomorrow night when the team hosts rival UC Davis at 7:35 p.m.