MEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNS DAMIEN HIGH SCHOOL GUARD ELIJAH McCULLOUGH

MEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNS DAMIEN HIGH SCHOOL GUARD ELIJAH McCULLOUGH

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State 10th-year head coach Brian Katz announced the program has signed Damien High School guard Elijah McCullough to a National Letter of Intent. McCullough, who is the first signee for the 2018-19 season, will enroll at the University next fall.

McCullough, a 6-foot-3, 170-pounder who can play both the point and shooting guard positions, enters his fourth season with the varsity squad at Damien High School in La Verne, Calif. He will start for the third straight year at shooting guard and will serve as the Spartans' team captain for the upcoming season.

During his three year thus far, Damien High School has combined for an 85-16 overall record and a 25-5 mark in the Baseline League. During his freshman season, the team won the CIF Div. III state championship, and last year's team advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament.

McCullough, who excels on both ends of the floor, was a first team all-league and first team all-area selection last season after averaging 15.0 points and 4.2 assists per game while setting the school's single-season record with 111 made 3-pointers. The Chino Hills, Calif., native shot 46 percent (180-of-391) from the field and 41 percent (111-for-268) from beyond the arc. A three-time all-tournament selection, McCullough was also named the team's defensive player of the year.

During his sophomore season (2015-16) in which he was named second team all-league, McCullough averaged 7.0 points and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 50 percent (75-for-151) from the field and 39 percent (48-for-122) from the 3-point arc.

"Elijah has two exceptional skills," Katz said. "First, he has a chance to be an elite shooter as evidence by his 111 3-pointers last season, and I expect him to make even more this year. Second, he is an excellent on-ball defender, and both his basketball IQ and skill level are very high.

"He plays for a great high school coach in Mike LeDuc who has coached multiple Div. I and NBA guys. Mike has said Elijah is the best defender he has coached during his 44 years of coaching which is extremely high praise."

McCullough has also played travel ball four years for West Coast Elite, and is the shooting guard for that team as well.

Sacramento State begins the 2017-18 season on Friday when the team plays at Colorado State at 6:30 p.m. PST. The Hornets are coming off a 2016-17 season in which the team went 13-18 overall and 9-9 in the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets won 10 of their final 17 games, and will return eight players from that squad this year.