Last season, the EWU men’s basketball team struggled in the low post by having Laron Griffin and Tremayne Johnson play out of position the majority of the time. New Head Coach Jim Hayford has already begun fixing this problem.
On May 10, Eastern signed 6-foot-5-inch forward Colin Chiverton out of the City College of San Francisco. Tuesday, they signed Jordan Hickert, a 6-foot-9-inch forward from Neosho County Junior College in Chanute, Kan.
Last season, Hickert was ranked 17th in the nation in 3-point shooting among the National Junior College Athletic Association. He connected on 56 of 130 3-point attempts for a staggering 43.1 percent. Along with his range beyond the arc, Hickert will bring a rebounding prowess that Eastern has lacked the past few seasons. He averaged 7.8 per game.
“[Hickert] is going to give us more depth at the post. [Last season] our bigs were athletic, but none were 3-point shooters,” Hayford said.
As a sophomore, Chiverton averaged. 19 points, five rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while leading San Franscisco to a California Community Colleges Athletic Association title last season. During the title tournament, he averaged 30 points per game and earned his first team All-Coast Conference honors.
Since graduating high school in 2008, Chiverton has played in 131 games but only lost 17.
“He’s going to be a great player in the Big Sky. He is 6-foot-5 and super athletic. If you’re a fan of EWU basketball, I would recommend getting on YouTube and watching his highlights,” Hayford said.
With Hickert and Chiverton set to wear an Eastern jersey next season, two current Eagles have decided to look into transferring. Rashano McRae and Carter Warnock are exploring options in Division II and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics basketball teams.
“We had really good penetrators [last season]. Both guys we signed are 3-point shooters, and they will help us stretch the defense,” said Hayford. “I’m just trying to get depth and bring in a skill set [to mesh] together.”