SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento State men's basketball program has signed San Diego City College forward Ethan Esposito, who is the Hornets' third signee for the 2018-19 season. He will enroll as a sophomore at the University this summer.
Esposito joins Clark High School guard/forward James Bridges, and Damien High School guard Elijah McCullough as the three Hornets to sign with the program thus far. Bridges signed with the program two weeks ago, and McCullough was inked during the early signing period.
Esposito, a 6-foot-7, 220-pounder, moved from Italy to the United State prior to his freshman year of high school. A native of Naples, Italy, Esposito competed this past season as a freshman at San Diego City College. He started all but one game for a team that went 33-3 overall, 10-0 in league, and lost in the state championship game.
He averaged 10.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocked shots per game while shooting 52% (135-260) from the field and 76% (91-120) from the free throw line. A first team all-conference selection, Esposito was the team's third leading scorer and averaged 19.4 minutes per game for a team where no one played more than 25 minutes per contest.
During the team's five-game run at the state tournament, Esposito averaged 16.2 points and 24.6 minutes, including a season-best 28 points in a second round win over Long Beach City College.
"Ethan is a multi-faceted player who can dribble, pass and shoot," Sacramento State head coach Brian Katz said. "He has good size, excellent perimeter skills, and the ability to score on the inside and outside. We like his versatility in that he is a very good driver, decision maker and shooter. We feel like, eventually, he will become a very good 3-point shooter as well. The fact we get him for three years coming out of junior college is a huge bonus."
Esposito prepped at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego where he played four years (two seasons of varsity ball) for the Falcons. As a senior, he was the Avocado West League Player of the Year and first team all-section after averaging 14.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.7 steals per game for a Torrey Pines squad that went 28-5 overall and 10-0 in league. That season, he shot 55% (191-349) from the field and was the team's second leading scorer and rebounder.
Sacramento State's Signees
|James Bridges||F/G||6-5||210||Fr.||Las Vegas, Nev./Clark HS|
|Ethan Esposito||F||6-7||220||So.||Naples, Italy/San Diego CC|
|Elijah McCullough||G||6-3||170||Fr.||Chino Hills, Calif./Damien HS|