Men's basketball guard Jaamon Echols, who competed as a freshman at NCAA Division I Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, has enrolled at Western Washington University and is attending spring quarter classes.
The 6-foot Echols has not played the last two years after averaging 11.3 points on 45.7 percent (48 of 105) 3-point shooting and 2.1 assists on a 23-8 team as a sophomore at Odessa College (Texas) in 2011-12. He scored 24 points, making four 3-pointers, in a 102-64 win over New Mexico Military Institute.
As a freshman, Echols played in 21 games, making four starts at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. He averaged 3.1 points and 12.0 minutes for the Islanders, and finished with 24 assists and eight steals, scoring nine points versus Oklahoma State and seven against Kansas.
"We're very excited to have Jaamon as part of our program," WWU coach Tony Dominguez said in a news release. "He gives us exceptional quickness, which I believe is something we needed. And being a little older, he will give us more maturity."
Echols, whose hometown is Seattle, was a first-team Seattle Times all-State and Metro League all-star as a senior at Rainier Beach High School, leading the Vikings to a 25-5 record and the Class 3A state tournament. He averaged 15 points, seven assists and five steals.
As a junior on a 21-10 Rainier Beach team, Echols was ranked by an analyst for bleacherreport.com as 11th best player in the state of Washington. He averaged 20 points, six assists and four steals that season.
As a sophomore, Echols played on a Rainier Beach squad that was 29-1 and won the state championship.