April 22, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State men’s basketball coach Larry Eustachy announced Monday afternoon the signing of former Navy standout J.J. Avila to a National Letter of Intent. Avila is the first signee of the spring period for the Rams, and becomes the fourth player to commit to CSU for the 2013-14 seasons.
“We are very pleased to be able to add a player of J.J.’s caliber to this recruiting class,” said Eustachy. “He is the complete package and really fits our team concept, as far as character and having a team-first mentality. He is a versatile and skilled player who can play a lot of different positions for us and we think he can have an immediate impact on the team.”
Avila, a native of McAllen, Texas, played two seasons at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and quickly emerged as one of the top talents in the Patriot League. As a freshman in 2010-11, Avila was second on the team in scoring (11.5 ppg.), rebounding (5.3 rpg.) and assists (74), while ranking as one of four freshman nationally to average at least 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Avila led the Midshipmen in steals (54) and ranked third on the squad with 53 three-pointers made, en route to Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors.
Avila’s stellar play continued during his sophomore campaign at Navy, as the 6-7, 246-pound forward improved his scoring and rebounding averages, leading the team with 15.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, while shooting nearly 49 percent from the field and starting all 21 games in which he competed before leaving the program.
After leaving the Naval Academy, Avila returned home and enrolled at South Texas College, where he is completing his associate’s degree. South Texas College does not have an athletics program, and Avila will be immediately eligible for the Rams in the fall with two years of competition remaining.
In addition to Avila’s signing, the Rams inked three players during the early signing period in November. Avila joins the Rams recruiting class that features a pair of talented high school guards David Cohn (Elmhurst, Ill./York High School) and Carlton Hurst (Aurora, Colo./Aurora Central High School), and junior college big man Marcus Holt (Aurora, Colo./Paris (Texas) Junior College).