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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State men's basketball program announced its first signee of the 2013-14 recruiting class with inking of 6-foot-10, 220-pound prep center Eric Stuteville, it was announced today by fifth-year head coach Brian Katz.

Stuteville, who is entering his fourth season at Casa Roble High School in Orangevale, will enroll as a freshman at Sacramento State next fall.

The Orangevale, Calif., native began playing organized basketball as a freshman at Casa Roble, and has improved his skill set each year. He became the varsity team's starting center last season as a junior where he averaged 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots per game. He helped lead the Rams to a 14-13 overall record, a 6-4 mark in the Capital Valley Conference and an appearance in the Sac-Joaquin Div. III section playoffs.

Stuteville, who won't turn 18 until February, began his sophomore year with the junior varsity squad before being promoted to the varsity team during the season.

"Eric is a legitimate big man with unlimited potential," Katz said. "He plays hard, has a good shooting touch and is just now coming into his own on the basketball floor. With his work ethic and character, we feel like there is no limit to how good he could become as a player."

Stuteville played this past summer for the NorCal Pharaohs, an AAU squad coached by Matt Fahey and based out of Sacramento. He was the team's starting center, and finished the season with averages of 15.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game.

Stuteville has basketball in his bloodlines as his father, Shannon, played hoops at Langston University in Oklahoma and his mother, Kristine, played at Cal. In addition, Stuteville's brother, Mason, will be a junior this year for the basketball team at Casa Roble HS.

Stuteville (pronounced STU-dih-ville) will share the same high school alma mater as Katz, who graduated from Casa Roble in 1975.

Sacramento State won its season opener last Friday, and returns to action tonight when the team hosts CSU Bakersfield at 7:05 p.m. Tonight begins a stretch that will see the Hornets play three times over a seven-day span, including a game at Utah on Friday before hosting rival UC Davis next Tuesday.

Sacramento State's Signees

Name Pos.
Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Current School
Eric Stuteville C 6-10 220 Fr. Orangevale, Calif./Casa Roble HS