EWU Signs Trio of Impressive Players
A trio of players, including Nathan Lozeau from Marysville, Wash., have signed letters of intent to attend Eastern Washington University and play for the Eagle men’s basketball program, head coach Mike Burns announced Wednesday (Nov. 8).
Lozeau is a 6-foot-10, 260-pound post from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash., and is ranked as the eighth-best center on the West Coast by Scouthoops.com.
The other players signed included Kaylone Riley from Phoenix Junior College in Arizona and Trey Gross from Edison High School in Stockton, Calif. Riley is a 6-9, 205-pound wing who played at Mount Hood Community College in Oregon last year, and is a 2005 graduate of Rancho High School in Las Vegas, Nev. Gross is a 6-3, 175-pound guard.
“I’m very excited about this class,” said Burns, who begins his third season at the helm when Eastern plays at Gonzaga on Friday. “All three of these young men will make a tremendous impact on our program in the future. They are not only great players but they are great people, and they fit in very well with the current group of players we have in our program.”
Burns praised the efforts of his coaching staff, including associate head coach and primary recruiter, Carl Howell. “Coach Howell and our staff did a tremendous job of putting this class together,” Burns said.
Lozeau (pronounced Low-zau) averaged 17.8 points and 9.7 rebounds as a junior at Marysville-Pilchuck, helping his team to a 15-5 record before ending its season with back-to-back losses in the Northwest 4A District Tournament. He made 60 percent of his field goal attempts as he earned second team All-WesCo North Conference honors.
“I think Nate was an absolute steal for us,” said Burns. “He is one of the best high school post players on the West Coast. He was recruited by numerous schools from the WAC to the Big West to the WCC. We were fortunate enough to convince him to stick around home. I think he will have a big impact very early in his career.”
Riley is listed by Rivals.com as one of the top 125 junior college players in the nation. Phoenix College was ranked 10th in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II preseason poll. Phoenix was 26-11 last season.
Riley averaged 12.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots last season at Mt. Hood. He led the Saints to a 14-0 record in the Southern Region of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. His team finished 28-4 and placed fourth at the NWAACC Tournament.
“Kaylone (pronounced Kay-lin) is unique in the sense that he is so long and so athletic, yet he possesses perimeter skills,” said Burns. “He’ll be able to play facing the basket for us and bring an element of size and athleticism on the perimeter that we’ve never had here.”
Gross averaged 18 points and seven rebounds as a junior when he earned All-Tri-City Athletic League (TCAL) and all-area honors. His full name is Allen Trey Gross.
“Allen is a combo guard who can play both at point guard and shooting guard,” said Burns. “He possesses great shooting range and has a great feel for the game. I think, in time, he is going to be a phenomenal player for us.”