Thursday, April 7, 2016

Cleveland State adds Juco point guard

Gavin Peppers
In late February, Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters said his top priority heading into the off season was to find an experience point guard through the junior college ranks.

"We are going to bring in a junior college point guard that is as good as they come," Waters said following CSU's loss to Valparaiso in the regular season finale.

At the time, Waters said they were looking at four juco point guards and were still deciding which one they wanted.

On Thursday, Waters found his man.

CSU received a verbal commitment from Gavin Peppers of Laramie (Wy.) County Community College, according to multiple reports.

Marcus Helton of was the first to report the news.

For a team that struggled to put up points last season, getting a player like Peppers is the perfect fit for CSU.

Peppers, a 6-foot-2 point guard who was a first team all-region selection, averaged 18.7 points, 3.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds last season. He shot 36.8 percent from the floor, including 36.6 percent on 3s (74 of 202), and 82.6 percent at the foul line.

The Brookeville, Md. native had 10 20-point games as a sophomore, including two games in which he scored over 30 points. His season-high came in the regular season finale where he dropped 39 points in a victory over Northeastern (Wy.) Junior College.

Peppers is the third commit of CSU's 2016 class, joining Evan Clayborne and Andy Lucien, who signed with the Vikings in November.

The earliest Peppers can sign with the Vikings is April 13.

CSU has three scholarships to fill for the 2016-17 season. Last week, Aaron Scales, Jono Janssen and Myles Hamilton announced they are transferring.

Waters recruiting wishlist includes adding another point guard, a big and a wing/forward.

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