Date: July 24, 2014
Six EvCC Athletes to Play for Four-Year Schools
EVERETT, Wash. - Five Everett Community College basketball players and one baseball player have signed letters of intent to play for four-year schools next year.
Jake Allen will play basketball at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. The 6-foot-3 sophomore from Australia played two seasons for EvCC. In 2013-14, he had the fifth highest average points-per-game (11.3), 317 points, 29 assists, 178 rebounds, 24 steals and 11 blocked shots. He shot 49.6 percent from the field, 26.3 percent from the 3-point range and 65.8 percent from the free-throw line.
EvCC graduate Rashad Jones will play basketball for Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Jones earned his associate in arts and sciences degree in 2014 and was team captain for the Trojans for the 2013-14 season. He earned the Elsner Award, given each year to an outstanding Trojans men's basketball player for hard work and dedication to the team. His teammates voted him most inspirational player and most improved played. He was named to the Bigfoot Classic All-Tournament Team in December. Jones had the fourth highest field goal percentage on the team this year (46.5) and shot 26.7 percent from the 3-point range and 70.6 percent from the free-throw line.
EvCC graduate RJ Magar will play basketball for Notre Dame De Namur University in Belmont, California. Magar, a 3.84-GPA student from Renton, started every game this year and averaged 16.33 points per game (441 total points). He shot 33.8 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from the 3-point range and 87.5 percent from the free-throw line, which was second best in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) conference. He earned spots at the NWAACC Sophomore All-Star Event, the All-Tournament Team at two tournaments in 2013 and the NWAACC All-Academic Sports Team in Winter 2013. He graduted with high distinction with his associate in arts and sciences degree this year.
Pitcher and outfielder Brad Monson will play baseball at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Monson, a 6-foot sophomore from Bothell, ended the 2014 season with a 2.84 ERA in 44.1 innings pitched and 29 strikeouts. He batted .263 in 19 at-bats with a .421 slugging percentage and .384 on-base percentage. He had a .941 fielding percentage as an outfielder.
Theo VandenEkart will play basketball at Quest University Canada in Squamish, B.C. The 6-foot guard from Sultan ranked the highest on the team in 3-point shooting (33.5 percent) and second in the NWAACC conference in steals (68 total and 2.96 per-game average). He scored 397 points for an average 17.3 per game - second highest on the team. He participated at the NWAACC Sophomore All-Star Event, was named to the Big Foot Classic All-Tournament Team and was named NWAACC player of the week in December 2013.
David Ware, EvCC's 2014 male athlete of the year, will play basketball at Chaminade University in Honolulu. Ware, from Las Vegas, was the starting point guard for the Trojans and played in all 28 games this year. He was selected as the NWAACC North Region's 1st Team All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year. He played in the NWAACC 2014 Sophomore All-Star Event and led the conference in assists and steals. He was most valuable player at the Clackamas Community College Holiday Tournament in 2013 and the men's basketball co-player of the week in February. He was chosen as EvCC's male athlete of the year for his contribution to the team, his work ethic and commitment to his studies.
NWAACC was renamed Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) this month.