SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State men's basketball head coach Brian Katz announced today that Mira Costa High School forward Justin Strings has signed a National Letter of Intent and will enroll at the University next fall.

This marks the second straight year the Hornets have signed a player during the early period as current Hornet freshmen Nick Hornsby and Eric Stuteville signed in November of last year.

A 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward from Carson, Calif., Strings will enter his fourth season at Manhattan Beach's Mira Costa High School, and third year with the varsity squad. He just turned 17 in August and will serve as a team captain for the Mustangs when their 2013-14 season begins later this month.

As a junior in 2012-13, Strings helped lead Mira Costa to a 20-win season and a semifinal appearance in the 2013 CIF Southern Section Div. 2AA semifinals. He was a first team all-Bay League, first team all-area and second team all-section choice after averaging 14.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocked shots per game while shooting .497 (157-for-316) from the field. In addition, he went to the free throw line 171 times during the season, good for an average of 5.5 trips to the stripe per contest. Of his 228 total rebounds, 80 came on the offensive glass.

Strings helped the Mustangs post a 3-1 record at last year's section tournament, and in those four games, he averaged 17.5 points and 9.3 rebounds while shooting .566 (30-53) from the field and .625 (5-8) from the 3-point line. That included a 24-point performance in the section semifinals.

"Justin has big shoulders, big hands, long arms, a big chest and he will eventually develop a very powerful body," Katz said. "He is one of those players that flew under the radar, but is extremely skilled and has the potential to become a very good player at the collegiate level. He is versatile in that he can play in the post and on the perimeter, and its not a stretch to say his ball-handling skills are the equivalent to most shooting guards."

As a sophomore in 2011-12, he was a second team all-league selection and the team's most improved player after helping the Mustangs to an 18-10 record while posting averages of 8.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Academically, Strings was a member of the Principal's Honor Roll and was the recipient of Athletic Scholar honors last year.

Sacramento State, which opened the 2013-14 season with a 30-point win over UC Santa Cruz on Friday, will play its second game of the young season tonight at CSU Bakersfield.

Sacramento State's Signees

Name Pos.
Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Current School
Justin Strings
F 6-6 210 Fr. Carson, Calif./Mira Costa HS