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Pair of Raiders men's basketball alumni sign with Central Washington University

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (May 13) -- The Central Washington University men's basketball team has announced the signings of two more players to its 2014 recruiting class. Guards Devin Matthews and Gary Jacobs both hail from Las Vegas, Nev. and come to CWU via Pierce College in Puyallup with two seasons of eligibility remaining. In 2013-14 Pierce College finished as the runner-up in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Tournament.

"With the signing of Devin and Gary we are adding two winners to our program," said Head Coach Greg Sparling. "These two young men know how to play the game of basketball and will bring strong leadership to our young program."

Devin Matthews

Devin Matthews is a 6-3 point guard from Durango High School, who averaged 9.3 points per game this last season at Pierce College. He led the Raiders and was second in the NWAACC with 7.7 assists per game, and finished second on the team in rebounds per game (5.6) and steals per game (1.8). In the NWAACC Basketball Tournament, he averaged 11 points, 7.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Following the season, Matthews was named first-team All-West Region in the NWAACC.

"Devin i s a true point guard and is very unselfish with the ball in his hands", added Sparling "He is always looking to get teammates involved and create easier scoring opportunities.  He is also a bigger guard which will help create match-up problems for opposing defenses."

Matthews on why he chose Central: "I felt like Central was a good fit for me because the coaches, players and staff were very welcoming and I see Ellensburg as a good opportunity to explore my future."   

Gary Jacobs

Gary Jacobs, who is from Vista High School, led Pierce College in points (12.4), rebounds (5.8), and steals (1.9) per game. He also averaged 3.8 assists and shot 47% from the field. In the NWAACC tournament, Jacobs averaged 15.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. Following the season, Jacobs earned first-team All-West Region and All-Defensive team honors for the Raiders. 

"Gary is a combo-guard who can do it all, and like Devin, he is very unselfish and will do whatever the team needs him to do to win games, " explained Sparling.  "One of his best attributes is his ability to defend. His size, athleticism, and length allow him to guard multiple positions which is something we need."

Jacobs on why he chose Central: "For me, I loved the hospitality when I visited Ellensburg.  From the coaches all the way down to the staff, they treated me well and I really felt welcomed.  Central is going to give me a great opportunity to further my education and my basketball career."

Matthews and Jacobs join fellow signees, Caleb Dressler (Vancouver/Evergreen HS/University of Hawaii) and Joseph Stroud (Seattle/Rainier Beach HS/Highline Community College) and one high school senior, Drake Rademacher (Enumclaw HS).

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