SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State men's basketball head coach Brian Katz announced the program's third and fourth signees of the 2013-14 recruiting class with the inking of Walla Walla Community College guard Case Rada and Irvine Valley College forward Zach Mills. Rada will enroll as a sophomore while Mills will enroll as a junior in the fall of 2013.
Sacramento State's recruiting class now includes Rada and Mills, and a pair of preps who signed early in Casa Roble High School center Eric Stuteville and Tustin High School guard Nick Hornsby.
Rada, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard from Burbank, Wash., played this past season at Walla Walla Community College after redshirting at Boise State in 2011-12. As a freshman at Walla Walla, Rada led the entire Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC), which encompasses 33 teams, in scoring average (24.0 ppg) and three-pointers made (111). He was a first team all-Eastern Region selection after helping lead the Warriors to a spot in the NWAACC postseason tournament.
Rada also had averages of 4.0 three-pointers made, 5.4 free throws made, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.8 steals per game. He scored in double figures in every game, including a season-high 41 points against Columbia Basin College, where he went 11-of-18 from the three-point line. In fact, Rada knocked down at least two three-pointers in all but two of his 28 games played. He had five games with at least 30 points, including 39 against Mt. Hood Community College where he buried eight three-pointers.
Rada, who was heavily recruited by Sacramento State out of high school, prepped at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, Wash. As a senior in 2010-11, he was named first team all-state and the 3A Big Nine Conference MVP after leading the Braves to a conference championship, 21-3 overall record and a 13-0 league mark. That season, he averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. He was also a second team all-league choice as a junior after helping the team to a 19-7 overall record and an appearance in the district championship game.
"We probably have more familiarity with Case than any recruit we've ever signed," Katz said. "We recruited him out of high school before he went to Boise State so we've known him and his family for three years.
"In high school, he was a point guard who could score and was an excellent handler and passer. At Walla Walla, he played for Jeff Reinland, who is one of the more prolific shooting coaches in the country. Case had a nice shooting stroke before Walla Walla, but Coach Reinland took him to the next level. As a result, he played a lot of shooting guard this past year and became an excellent three-point shooter."
Mills, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound forward from Yorba Linda, Calif., spent the last two years playing for Irvine Valley College (2011-13), the same college that produced standout and former Hornet Joe Eberhard. A team captain, Mills was a first team all-Orange Empire Conference selection in 2012-13 after finishing with averages of 14.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.8 steals per game. He shot .487 (150-308) from the field, .432 (32-74) from the three-point line and .813 (61-75) from the free throw line for a Lasers squad that went 16-12 overall and 7-5 in league play. During the season, he scored in double figures in all but eight games, including a career-best 30 points in a 72-63 win over Santa Monica College.
As a freshman (2011-12), Mills started 18 games for an Irvine Valley squad that went 20-6 overall, 9-2 in league, and advanced to the second round of the CCCAA South Regionals. That year, Mills averaged 7.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting .444 (71-160) from the field and .833 (30-36) from the free throw line.
Mills prepped at Esperanza High School in Anaheim where he was named first team all-league during both his junior and senior seasons. As the team captain during his senior season in 2010-11, Mills led the team in both scoring (17.0 ppg) and rebounding (11.9), and helped the Aztecs to an 18-11 overall record and 7-5 mark in the Century League. He also led the team in both scoring (12.7 ppg) and rebounding (4.2 rpg) during his junior season.
"Zach is a power forward that can score, and will be a matchup problem because he can shoot the basketball," Katz said. "He is very skilled, strong enough to guard bigger guys, and could easily play on the perimeter at the small forward spot as well.
"We like our current players a lot, but felt like we needed a little more scoring pop at power forward to replace (graduating seniors) Joe Eberhard and John Dickson who were very capable scorers. He comes from an Irvine Valley squad that plays in a system with structure, which is very similar to the way Div. I basketball is played. Because of that, Irvine Valley players usually transition very well to the Div. I level."
Sacramento State's Signees
|Nick Hornsby||G||6-5||185||Fr.||Irvine, Calif./Tustin HS|
|Zach Mills||F||6-5||210||Jr.||Yorba Linda, Calif./Irvine Valley JC|
|Case Rada||G||6-3||200||So.||Burbank, Wash./Walla Walla JC|
|Eric Stuteville||C||6-10||220||Fr.||Orangevale, Calif./Casa Roble HS|