April 16, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Men's basketball guard Jaamon Echols (pronounced JAY-mon), 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 TX 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," said WWU head coach Tony Dominguez. "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.
WWU finished 20-8 last year, just missing out on a third straight NCAA II West Regional berth. The Vikings lost by three points in the title game of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament and placed second (13-5) in the GNAC regular-season standings.
JAAMON ECHOLS, Guard, 6-0, 185, 22, 10/28/91, Junior, Seattle, WA
COLLEGE: Transferred to WWU spring quarter of 2014 ... Did not compete last two seasons ... Had offers from Liberty MO, Mercer GA, Nebraska-Omaha, Idaho and St. Louis ... Averaged 11.3 points on 45.7 percent (48-of-105) 3-point shooting and 2.1 assists on 23-8 team as sophomore at Odessa College TX in 2011-12 ... Scored 24 points, making four 3-pointers, in 102-64 win over New Mexico Military Institute ... As freshman in 2010-11, competed at NCAA Division I Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi ... Played in 21 games for Islanders, making four starts ... Averaged 3.1 points and 12.0 minutes ... Had nine points versus Oklahoma State and seven against Kansas.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Seattle Times all-State and Metro League all-star as senior at Rainier Beach High School on team that reached state tournament and finished 25-5 ... Averaged 15 points, seven assists and five steals ... As junior on 21-10 team, ranked by analyst for bleacherreport.com as 11th best player in state of Washington ... Averaged 20 points, six assists and four steals ... As sophomore, helped Rainier Beach to 29-1 record and Class 3A state championship ... Four-year letter winner ... Also earned one letter in track.
PERSONAL: Major is business administration ... His father, Will, played basketball at Davenport Junior College MI.