SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State 10th-year head men's basketball coach Brian Katz announced the program has inked Clark High School guard/forward James Bridges to a National Letter of Intent. Bridges, who is the second signee for the 2018-19 season, will enroll at the University this summer.
Bridges joins Damien High School guard Elijah McCullough as the two Hornets to sign with the program thus far. McCullough signed his Letter of Intent during the early signing period in November.
Bridges, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound wing, recently completed his fourth season with the varsity team at Clark High School in Las Vegas for head coach Chad Beeten. A second team all-state choice as a senior as well as a two-time all-region and three-time all-conference selection during his prep career, Bridges helped Clark to a four-year combined record of 98-24 overall and 48-4 in league play. That includes a pair of state championships during his freshman and sophomore seasons, a state runner-up finish as a junior and a regional final finish during his senior year.
Bridges primarily played at shooting guard for the Chargers, coming off the bench as the team's sixth man as a freshman followed by starting three consecutive years. The Las Vegas native was a two-time team captain, two-time team MVP, and finished his career with over 1,000 points.
Playing on a loaded roster this past season featuring six players that either signed with a Div. I program or are getting Div. I offers, Bridges was the team MVP. He was also named second team all-state, first team all-region and first team all-league after averaging 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.6 blocked shots per game while shooting 40% (65-163) from the 3-point line and 71% (32-45) from the free throw line.
He averaged double-figure points each of his final two seasons, including 12.0 points as a junior, after averaging 8.9 ppg as a sophomore and 4.7 ppg as a freshman. During his junior season, he was team captain, team MVP, honorable mention all-state and second team all-league.
"James is extremely skilled, and has the potential to become an elite shooter," Katz said. "He's been the captain of teams that have played at the state level, has been a part of two state championship teams and he's a valedictorian. All of that adds up to high character, basketball intellect and winning. We are very excited to welcome him to our program."
Named to the Las Vegas Sun Super Seven All-Star Basketball Team prior to his senior year, Bridges will graduate as valedictorian of his class at Clark High School. He currently has a 4.8 grade point average, is a three-time academic all-state selection, and has never received a grade of B or less during his scholastic career.
Bridges played AAU basketball for the Las Vegas Knicks, and averaged 16.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in 2017.
Sacramento State completed an injury-plagued season in March that saw the Hornets finish 7-25 overall and 4-14 in the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets had won at least 13 games five consecutive years prior to the 2017-18 season. The Hornets played a portion of the season without four injured guards, including three guards that were lost for the season due to injury
Sacramento State's Signees
|James Bridges||F/G||6-5||210||Fr.||Las Vegas, Nev./Clark HS|
|Elijah McCullough||G||6-3||170||Fr.||Chino Hills, Calif./Damien HS|