LOS ANGELES – Cal State L.A.’s men’s basketball team has added another talented player to its roster, new Cal State L.A. head coach Dieter Horton announced on Wednesday.
Justin Snavely, a 6-foot-8-inch forward from Future College Prep in Carson, has joined the Golden Eagles, Horton said. Snavely, who also played for three years at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, will have four years of eligibility for the Golden Eagles.
Snavely averaged 11.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for Future College Prep. He shot 54 percent from the field, 34 percent from 3-point range and 71 percent from the free-throw line. He blocked a team-high 113 shots and also led the team in offensive rebounds with 185 (3.6 per game). He also led the team with 31 double-doubles and was voted the Best Defensive Player by his teammates and coaches.
He had 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead Future College Prep to a 73-71 upset win over No. 1 Findlay Prep and also had an 18-point, 15-rebound performance against IMG Academy in Florida.
“I am thrilled to have Justin as a Golden Eagle,” Horton said. “We are very fortunate to have a player of Justin’s talent for the upcoming four years. We are also equally excited about his character. He is a tremendous young man who will add toughness and versatility to our roster.”
Snavely averaged 15.6 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game at Citrus Valley. He was named team Most Valuable Player all three seasons before transferring to Mac Prep Academy in North Carolina where he averaged 12.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
Snavely is the sixth talented newcomer to join the Cal State L.A. program. Earlier, the Golden Eagles announced the additions of Dustin Watts from Skagit Valley Junior College, Andre McPhail from Saddleback College, La Bradford Franklin from San Diego State, Rashad Davis from Saddleback College and Joel Brokenbrough from Fullerton College.
Cal State L.A. is coming off another strong season. The Golden Eagles were 15-12 overall and finished with a 12-10 record in conference play. Cal State L.A. qualified for the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Tournament for a fifth straight season.