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CWU Men's Hoops Sign Two, including a Yakima Native

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Two junior college guards, including one from the Yakima Valley, have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their college basketball careers at Central Washington University, Wildcat head coach Greg Sparling announced Tuesday.

Humberto Perez, a native of Yakima, Wash., and graduate of Davis High School, and Toussaint (T.J.) Tyler from Kent, Wash., and Kentwood High School, have signed with the Wildcats for the 2009-10 season.

Perez (6-foot-2) is a 2005 graduate of Davis, where he starred for the Pirates. He played one season at Community Colleges of Spokane (2005-06) and one season at North Idaho College (2007-08), earning second team all-Scenic West Athletic Conference honors during his sophomore campaign with the Cardinals last winter. Perez averaged 13.3 points per game while leading the SWAC in three-point percentage at 47.4 percent. He also ranked second in the conference in three-pointers made per game, draining 2.68 treys per contest.

"We have actively recruited Humberto since high school," Sparling said. "He has an unlimited shooting range from the perimeter, but can also get to the basket and is a very good defender. We are excited to have a player of his ability from the Lower Valley, as we're always looking to keep our local kids close to home."

Perez will join another former standout from the I-82 corridor, current Wildcat guard/forward Riley Sivak (Ellensburg, Wash.), on next year's roster.

Tyler (6-foot-2) prepped at Kentwood High School and began his junior college career at Bellevue Community College in 2006-07. In his freshman season with the Bulldogs, he averaged 9.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. He sat out the 2007-08 campaign and is now playing his sophomore year at Tacoma Community College for former Wildcat assistant Carl Howell.

"T.J. is a point-guard/off-guard who is very physical and can really get to the rim," Sparling said. "He is very effective on the defensive end, and plays every possession with 110 percent which caught our eye."

Tyler is the son of Toussaint Tyler, who played running back for the Washington Huskies and in the National Football League.

Although both will be juniors for the Wildcats in 2009-10, Perez will enroll at CWU in school effective winter quarter 2009. Tyler will come to the university beginning next fall quarter.

Perez and Tyler are the only two to sign with the Wildcats in the early signing period, which concludes Wednesday. Sparling said he and assistant coach G.E. Coleman are actively recruiting for the late signing period in April 2009.

Central Washington is ranked 13th in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) preseason poll. The Wildcats, who are also the preseason favorites to win the 2008-09 Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship, open their regular season this Saturday night (Nov. 22) against Multnomah University at Nicholson Pavilion.