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Wildcats Add New Player

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ELLENSBURG, Wash - Chris Sprinker, a standout from Tacoma Community College, has decided to continue his collegiate basketball career at Central Washington University. Head coach Greg Sparling made the announcement on Friday.

Sprinker starred in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) for Tacoma this past winter. The 6-foot-9 forward, who originally hails from University Place, Wash., averaged 17.2 points per game while leading the NWAACC in rebounding (11.5 rebounds per game) and ranking among the conference leaders in blocked shots (2.4 per game).

"Chris brings athleticism, shot-blocking, scoring, and rebounding abilities," Sparling said. "His addition allows us to move Jake (Beitinger) back to his natural position as a four (forward), although everybody will play both on the perimeter and on the inside."

Sprinker prepped at Curtis High School in University Place. He then redshirted his freshman season at Division I Eastern Washington University in 2006-07 before transferring to TCC, and he will have three years of eligibility remaining when he joins the Wildcats for the 2008-09 campaign.

"Both (former Wildcat and current Tacoma CC coach) Carl Howell and (CWU assistant coach) GE Coleman deserve a lot of credit for us being able to sign Chris," Sparling exclaimed. "GE did a great job recruiting him, and the added benefit is that we will be able to have him as part of our program for the next three years.

"By adding a player of Chris' caliber, our program now has the potential to have a very special and talented front line. We are very excited to have another quality student-athlete join our programs here at Central Washington University -- both on the basketball court and in the law and justice program where Chris plans to study."

Sprinker joins a Central Washington squad that turned in its best season in eight years this past winter. The Wildcats finished with a 21-7 overall record, including a 15-3 mark and second place finish in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. CWU also qualified for the NCAA Division II tournament for the second time in the past three seasons, earning the number four seed.